Mary Elizabeth Stewart D'Urban (née Mitchell)

5th Jul 1803 - 2nd Nov 1892

Claimant or beneficiary


Mary Elizabeth Stewart D'Urban (née Mitchell) claimed as owner for the compensation for the Hope Vale estate in Grenada, which was awarded instead to the trustees (Samuel Parr, John Stewart and Sameul Trehawke Kekewich, all q.v.) of her marriage settlement with (Major) William James D'Urban (q.v.).

  1. Mary Elizabeth Stewart Mitchell is recorded as the owner of Hope Vale in the 1829 Slave Registers.

  2. Mary Elizabeth Stewart Mitchell (born 05/07/1803 at Topsham Devon, died 02/11/1892 at Exmouth) married 29/10/1833 Lt-Gen William James D'Urban (1803-1873), the son of Sir Benjamin D'Urban (1777-1849, Governor of Antigua 1819, Lt-Governor of Demerara-Essequibo 1824, the first Governor of British Guiana and Governor of Cape Colony 1834-1838). Mary Elizabeth Stewart Mitchell was the daughter of Samuel Mitchell (1750-1805), the acting governor of Grenada during Fedon's rebellion, and Mary Floud (1773-1861). Her father and son both died at Newport House, Topsham, Devon 130 years apart.

  3. Will of Mary Elizabeth Stewart D'Urban of Moorlands, Exmouth Devon who died 02/11/1892 proved 23/01/1893 at London by William Stewart Mitchell D'Urban, effects £603 19s 10d.

  4. Her son, the botanist William Stewart Mitchell D’Urban, who later became the first Curator of the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter, married Gertrude, daughter of Henry Porter (q.v.) in Kenn, Devon, in 1867.  


T71/880 Grenada claim no. 449 (Hope Vale Estate).

  1., Slave Registers of former British Colonial Dependencies, 1812-1834 [database online].

  2.'Urban [accessed 16/08/2011].

  3. National Probate Calendar 1893.

  4., Devon Marriages [database online]; see d'Urban's entry in the 'Global Plants' database, [accessed 04/11/2019].

We are grateful to Peter Wingfield-Digby for his assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Maiden Name
William James D'Urban
Emily Harriet Anna (1834-1869), William Stewart Mitchell (1836-1934)
Wealth at death
£603 19S 10D

Associated Claims (1)

£3,013 12s 7d

Associated Estates (1)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1829 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner

Legacies Summary

Imperial (2)

notes →
Her father Samuel Mitchell (1750-1805) was governor of Grenada during Fedon's rebellion in...
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Her father-in-law Sir Benjamin D'Urban (1777-1849) was Governor of Antigua 1819-1824, Governor of Demerara-Essequibo 1824-1831, Governor of British Buiana 1831-1833 and Governor of Cape Colony...

Relationships (2)

Wife → Husband
Daughter → Father

Addresses (1)

Newport House, Topsham, Devon, Devon & Cornwall, England