John McNabb

1732 - 1802


John McNabb (d. 1802) was the founder of Dollar Academy in Clackmannshire, bequeathing money to its foundation in his will (of Mile End Old Town), made and proved in London. One source describes him as a 'former slave-trader': the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade database shows 4 voyages for John McNabb from London between 1789-1791, one of which was by ship called the Pitt. John McNabb's cousin and executor (also John McNabb) was described in the will of John McNabb (d. 1802) as 'now on board the Pitt.' A John MacNabb was a second wave purchaser of land in Tobago, appearing as the present proprietor of Great River division (St Mary parish) Lot no. 21 (200 acres) which became the Eden estate. It is not yet clear that this is the same man.


Scotland, (Michelin Tyre Company, 2007), p. 129; 'Tables showing the Lots in each Parish, numbered as originally granted - the original Grantee - the name of the Lot, or lots, if one has been acquired, and the present Possessor where there is one' and 'A Table, showing the Estates in cultivation in 1832, and their Owners, in 1832, copied from the list appended to Byres' map of that date, with those in cultivation in 1862', Henry Iles Woodcock, A History of Tobago (Ayr: Smith and Grant, 1867; new impression London: Frank Cass and Company Limited, 1971); John Fowler, A summary account of the present flourishing state of the respectable colony of Tobago in the British West Indies illustrated with a map of the island and a plan of its settlement, agreeably to the sales by his Majesty’s Commissioners (London: A Grant, 1774) pp. 42-43.

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