Peter Pegus

???? - 1803


Early settler and slave-owner on Carriacou, dying in England. Pegus' son and grand-daughter married into the British aristocracy.

  1. Will of Peter Pegus of Greenwich Kent proved 09/06/1803. The will is very simple, leaving all his personal and [unspecified] real estate to his children with Susannah Henrietta and appointing her and her brother Col. Anthony Lewis Layard as executors.

  2. A Capt. Peter Pegus, apparently the natural son of Peter Pegus whose birthdate is variously given as 1780, 1786 or 1787 and birthplace as Grenada, was a pioneering settler in Western Australia and then Tasmania, where he was keeper of the Oats Gaol.


  1. PROB 11/1393/199.

  2. Beyond the pale: world immigrants to Van Diemens Land before 1900 [accessed 09/03/2016].

Further Information

Susannah Henrietta Layard

Associated Estates (3)

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
1817 [EA] - → Previous owner
1790 [EA] - → Owner

Shown in David Beck Ryden ''One of the Finest and Most Fruitful Spots in America': an Analysis of Eighteenth-century Carriacou', Journal of Interdisciplinary History XLIII:4 (Spring 2013) pp. 539-570 Table 5. Table 4 shows Pegus as 'Inhabitant' for a cotton estate of 224 acres (200 cleared) with 97 enslaved people producing 32,800 pounds of cotton.

1817 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Previous owner

Legacies Summary

Imperial (1)

Australia: Tasmania 
notes →
Capt. Peter Pegus born Grenada, probably the natural son of Peter Pegus, was a pioneering settler in Western Australia and then Tasmania, where he was warden of the Oats gaol....

Relationships (1)

Father → Son

Addresses (1)

Greenwich, Kent, London, England