Dr John Gordon

???? - 1825


Owner of Cross's Pen, Government Mountain and Little Angels estates in St Catherine, Jamaica, but also apparently of further estates, including Barbican. Deceased by 1826.

  1. In his will, made in 1822, John Gordon ordered his [unspecified] estates in Jamaica to be sold and the proceeds to be divided between his nephew Alexander Gordon of Nassau, the children of his sister Bell, the children of his sister Betty and the youngest daughter of Rev. John Gordon, minister of Duffus. His sister Isobel Gordon married James Wilson; their known children were Elspet (1777-), George (1779-), Isobel (1786-), Marjory (1788-), Mary (1789-) and John (1792-), all baptised in Clatt, Aberdeenshire. His sister Elizabeth married James Gauld; their children were James (1780-), Isobel (1784-), George (1788-), John (1790-) and Harry (1793-), the eldest two bapised in Glass, the next two in Cairnie and the fifth in Auchindoir and Kearn, Aberdeenshire. The youngest daughter of Rev. John Gordon of Duffus was Katherine Forbes Asher nee Gordon (1799-1880).

  2. 1[st December 1825] At Kingston Jamaica where he had resided for more than 40 years, [death of] John Gordon M.D. a native of Aberdeenshire, in the 70th year of his age.'

  3. An account of this man's family that appeared in Scottish Notes & Queries is unreliable: it gives him as the only son of George Gordon in Balnacraig, Glass, Aberdeenshire, and Isobel McInnes of Botriphnie: "The son, James [sic], was a doctor in Jamaica, where he made some money. He returned to Scotland, and died there [sic], leaving his money between the two sisters whose marriages had pleased him. These sisters were Isobel who married James Wilson in Bankhead, Clatt, and ______who married ________Gauld in Bowmakelloch, Botriphnie. The other two sisters are said to have married Harry Forbes in Nether Wheedlemont and Peterkin... James Wilson and Isobel Gordon were my husband's great-grandparents. They had twelve children."


  1. PROB 11/1753/30. Searches on scotlandspeople.gov.uk.

  2. Scots Magazine, Vol. 97 (March, 1826) p. 384.

  3. Scottish Notes and Queries 2nd Series Volume 4 July 1902- June 1903, ed. John Bulloch (Aberdeen, 1903), No. 254 'George Gordon in Balnacraig'.

Further Information


PROB 11/1753/30 - precis.

John Gordon of Kingston, Jamaica. Trustees to be William Rae Esquire, and John Biggar and James Simpson, merchants, all of Kingston, and Alexander Stewart, merchant of London.

Trustees to sell all my plantations in Jamaica and to divide the proceeds in equal shares between: Alexander Gordon, now or late of Nassau in New Providence, merchant, son of my late brother James Gordon deceased; all the children of my sister Bell, the wife of James Wilson of Scotland; all the children of my sister Berry, wife of James [Gave? Cave?] of Scotland; the youngest daughter of the Rev. John Gordon of [Duffers - sic - Duffus?) in Scotland.

Trustees to be executors.

Signed 25/06/1822.

Proved in London 28/03/1829 by Alexander Gordon the nephew.

Physician and planter

Associated Estates (18)

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
1820 [EA] - → Other

Purchaser of these enslaved people.

1826 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Previous owner
1809 [EA] - 1825 [LA] → Owner

Given inconsistently as Dr John Gordon and simply John Gordon: the association is cemented by the presence of the known executors (Rae, Bigger and Simpson) of Dr John Gordon after c. 1826.

1817 [EA] - 1817 [LA] → Owner
1811 [EA] - 1825 [LA] → Owner
1823 [EA] - 1825 [LA] → Owner
1811 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Owner
1826 [EA] - 1829 [LA] → Previous owner
1809 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Owner
1826 [EA] - 1829 [LA] → Previous owner
1826 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Previous owner
1825 [EA] - 1825 [LA] → Owner
1826 [EA] - 1827 [LA] → Previous owner
1817 [EA] - 1825 [EY] → Owner
1816 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Owner
1826 [EA] - 1829 [LA] → Previous owner
1817 [EA] - 1825 [LA] → Owner
1826 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Previous owner

Relationships (7)

Uncle → Niece
Uncle → Nephew
Uncle → Nephew
Uncle → Nephew
Uncle → Nephew
Uncle → Nephew
Testator → Legatee

Addresses (1)

Glass, Aberdeenshire, North-east Scotland, Scotland