William Reynolds the eldest of Milford House

???? - 1780


  1. Will of William Reynolds of Milford Hampshire [made in 1780] proved 28/04/1780. In the will he left his freehold townhouse in Huntingdon to his son-in-law Wm Heywood; he left his other property including the Catherine Mount and Torbay estates in Jamaica and the enslaved people on them in trust to secure an annuity to his eldest son Joseph rising from £100 to £200 p.a. (later he forbade Joseph to assign his annuity); £50 p.a. to his sister Federata Rossiter and her assigns; £25 p.a. each to another sister and two nieces; and £20 p.a. to Mrs Jane Rogers, the latter contingent on her renouncing any claim to Reynolds' estate. The will entailed the Milford estate and, subject to the annuities, the Jamaica estates to William Reynolds' second son Edmund. William Reynolds also left monetary legacies to his daughters Elizabeth Heywood and Sarah Reynolds.

  2. William Reynolds of Britain, merchant. Estate probated in Jamaica in 1782. Slave-ownership at probate: 150 of whom 80 were listed as male and 70 as female. 26 were listed as boys, girls or children. Total value of estate at probate: £24753.83 Jamaican currency of which £9709 currency was the value of enslaved people. Estate valuation included £0 currency cash, £12351.98 currency debts and £0 currency plate.


  1. PROB 11/1064/216.

  2. Trevor Burnard, Database of Jamaican inventories, 1674-1784.

Further Information


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
1774 [EA] - 1780 [EY] → Owner
1774 [EA] - 1780 [EY] → Owner

Legacies Summary

Physical (1)

Milford House [Purchased] 
description →
Extension of the estate of Milford House, which itself he had purchased c. 1765, by William Reynolds the...

Relationships (2)

Father → Son
Grandfather → Grandson

Addresses (1)

Milford House, Milford on Sea, Southampton (near), Hampshire, Wessex, England

Inventories (1)