John Campbell of Spotfield and Gibraltar estates

1757 - 1817


Transatlantic slave-owner, who reportedly swapped his interest in land in New Jersey for his siblings' share in the Gibraltar estate c. 1810. Under the will of his father James Campbell the eldest he was left 900 acres of land adjoining Gibraltar, to be settled with 100 enslaved people: tihis might have been the genesis of the Spotfield estate.

  1. '[January 1817] At Clifton, in his 61st year, [death of] John Campbell formerly of Spotfield and Gibraltar estates and of Phill's Hill near New York America.' The obituary paid tribute to John Campbell's service as representative of Trelawny in the Jamaica House of Assembly.

Sources [accessed 15/11/2016].

  1. Gentleman's Magazine Vol. 87 Part 1 (Jan. 1817) p. 183.

Further Information


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
- 1815 [LA] → Owner
1817 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Previous owner
1791 [EA] - 1791 [LA] → Owner

Legacies Summary

Cultural (1)

A portrait of John Campbell by Gilbert Stuart c. 1810 was sold by the New York Public Library (Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations) through Sotheby's in New York in 2005 to a private... 
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John Campbell (c. 1756-1817), a planter, was born in Jamaica, West Indies. Campbell represented the parish of Trelawny in the Jamaica House of Assembly. He was one of the largest landowners in the...

Relationships (5)

Son → Father
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Son-in-law → Father-in-law
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John Campbell of Spotfield was married to Archibald Campbell's daughter Ann. In his will, Archibald Campbell provided: 'And I direct my trustees...out of the monies that arise from the sale of my...
Husband → Wife
Testator → Executor