William Macintosh

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Early purchaser of land in Grenada, Tobago and Dominica, much in partnership with [Sir] William [Johnstone] Pulteney (q.v.). This is probably the William Macintosh 'of Eisenach and Duchy' [sic: in fact of the City and duchy of Eisenach] whose will (silent on slave-property) was proved 13/04/1816. Emma Rothschild shows William Macintosh the partner of William Johnstone Pulteney as absconding to Madeira.


John Byres, References to a plan of the island of Dominica as surveyed from the year 1765 and 1773 (London, 1777), p. 6; 'Tables showing the Lots in each Parish, numbered as originally granted - the original Grantee - the name of the Lot, or lots, if one has been acquired, and the present Possessor where there is one' and 'A Table, showing the Estates in cultivation in 1832, and their Owners, in 1832, copied from the list appended to Byres' map of that date, with those in cultivation in 1862', Henry Iles Woodcock, A History of Tobago (Ayr: Smith and Grant, 1867; new impression London: Frank Cass and Company Limited, 1971); John Fowler, A summary account of the present flourishing state of the respectable colony of Tobago in the British West Indies illustrated with a map of the island and a plan of its settlement, agreeably to the sales by his Majesty’s Commissioners (London: A Grant, 1774), pp. 42-43. . The identification of William Macintosh the partner of Sir William Johnstone Pulteney with the William Macintosh of Eisenach remains tentative. There is much detail on William Macintosh of Eisenach provided at the website http://inneskeighren.com/williammacintosh [accessed 18/04/2019]; Rothschild, Emma The inner life of empires: an eighteenth-century history Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011 p. 356.

  1. Endangered Archives Project 688, Deed Book 1785, British Library, EAP688/1/1/1, https://eap.bl.uk/archive-file/EAP688-1-1-1 pp. 41-69 and 69-86

Associated Estates (1)

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
1763 [EA] - 1775 [LA] → Owner

Port Royal estate appears in the 1785 Deed Book for St Vincent in a series of transactions in which William Macintosh bought Port Royal and Mendon of 250 acres in St Andrew Grenada in 1763 from Wm Fournay de la Grandiere (and separately a second estate called the Union of 112 acres in 1765 from Claude Lamellerie). Macintosh initially borrowed £5000 against the estates (and enslaved people attached to them) from George Johnstone and John Rae on the City of London, and then mortgaged the estates (and people) to Henry Hope in 1770 to raise £20,000 or 220,000 guilders. Macintosh then in 1774 sold Charles Grant the Union estate and about 100 acres of Port Royal and Mendon, together with 54 enslaved people, and in 1775 he sold to Thomas Baker the Port Royal estate with 94 'negroes' for £24,000, reduced to £22,000 to take account of the agreed value of an annuity of £275 p.a to Nicholas Ray of London secured on the estate (and enslaved people). Baker retained £10,000 of the purchase price as an indemnity for any claim from Henry Hope under the mortgage. In 1785 Macintosh sold what appears to have been the equity of redemption to Thomas Bridgwater for £3000, implying Baker had defaulted on his purchase and the estate had returned to Macintosh's control. Several secondary sources note that in 1798 William Pulteney rented 'his' enslaved people on Port Royal to Westerhall: the Slave Registers show that these people were later sold to Westerhall, and Port Royal itself does not appear in the Registers or in the compensation records.

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