John Geddes

1774 - 1832


Resident slave-owner on Jamaica dying c. 1832.

  1. Very likely the James Geddes, son of Andrew Geddes and his wife Katharine Duffus, baptised in Bellie, Moray, 15/10/1774 (based on the identification of his brother Andrew Geddes, q.v.).

  2. Administration of the will of John Geddes of [Elgin estate] Manchester Jamaica was granted 03/01/1849 to Andrew Geddes of Elgin North Britain, the brother and only next of kin. Under the will [made in 1832] John Geddes left £120 to Elizabeth Ricketts 'a free Sambo woman' his present housekeeper, and all the rest and residue of his property on the island of Jamaica to his three reputed children with her, William, Andrew and Mary Geddes. In an affidavit in 1849 Andrew Geddes explained that he was entitled to the 'considerable sum of money' belonging to John Geddes 'in this country' not disposed under the latter's will. In 1852 a further grant of administration was made to the executors of Andrew Geddes of Elgin North Britain. In his own will Andrew Geddes of Elgin set out his claim on his brother's estate, including a sum of £625 14s 2d that had been held in an account in the name of James Stevenson [executor of John Geddes] with Messrs A. Stewart and Westmorland.


  1. GROS OPR Births 126 10 180 Bellie.

  2. PROB 11/2086/250; will of Andrew Geddes farmer of Elgin Moray proved 30/03/1852 PROB 11/2149/354.

Further Information

William; Andrew; Mary

Associated Estates (2)

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] - 1831 [LA] → Owner
1832 [EA] - → Previous owner

Relationships (2)

Testator → Executor