John Laing of Dominica

???? - 1808


Biography

Slave-owner on Dominica. Given the level of annuity he left his wife in 1808, he must have held significant property beyond the 8 named enslaved people in his will.

  1. Will of John Laing of Roseau island of Dominica [made in 1808] proved 01/09/1831. He left to his wife Maria [given in the will as Mary] an annuity of £250 p.a., his house and 'house servants' [sic] named James, Jack Handshaw Tom, Flora, Rosette, Peggy and Lizzie for her life, the people then to be sold and the proceeds shared among his children. He left his sister Margaret £500 and his brother Thomas £400. The will identified his uncle as James Laing, his father-in-law as Thomas Collins and his brother-in-law as Dr William Bremner, all executors alongside John Lucas and John Laidlaw (each of whom q.v.).

Sources

His death-date of 29/08/1808 is from Vere Langford Oliver, More Monumental Inscriptions: Tombstones of the British West Indies p. 20, which cites both a tombstone at Roseau and Gentleman's Magazine.

  1. PROB 11/1790/247.

Further Information

Spouse
Maria Collins

Relationships (4)

Nephew → Uncle
Testator → Executor
Brother-in-laws
Notes →
William Bremner was also an executor under the will of John Laing of...
First Cousins