Rev. John Wilson

1789 - 8th Jul 1857

Claimant or beneficiary


Awarded the compensation for Olivees estate on St Kitts, when he was identified as of Queen's College, Oxford. The Rev. John Wilson was shown in the 1834 St Kitts Slave Register as having purchased the enslaved people on Olivees from John Proctor Anderdon (q.v.) after the collapse of Manning & Anderdon, to whom the estate and the enslaved people on it had previously belonged. It is not clear what would have motivated the Rev. Wilson to have made such a purchase. He was at that time Bursar of Queen's College, but there is no indication that his purchase was in that capacity: the original claim form gives simply 'The Revd. John Wilson of Queens College Oxford as owner - by his attorney George N. Wilson.'

  1. Almost certainly the John Wilson, son of George of Wigton Cumberland gent., who matriculated Queen's Oxford 12/06/1809 aged 20; BA 1813; MA 1816; fellow 1815-1836; tutor 1825-35, dean 1829, bursar 1830; rector of Holwell Dorset 1835 until death 08/07/1857.

  2. The Rev. John Wilson married Beatrice Kidd, daughter of Dr Kidd, Regius Professor of Medicine, at St Michael's Oxford on July 1st 1836.

  3. Will of Rev. John Wilson Rector of Holwell proved 30/12/1857. In the will he left his residuary estate in trust for the benefit of his wife and then her elder sister Isabella Kidd and then her two younger sisters, and then to the Provost and Fellows of Queen's College Oxford to be applied by them 'to the encouragement of theological learning and preparation for the Christian ministry among the undergraduates of the College in their fourth years' standing and Bachelors of Arts in their first years' standing by instituting prizes for the greatest proficiency to be ascertained by written essays or public examinations in the College Hall' or by other means.


T71/879 St Kitts no. 200, which identifies him as Queen's College Oxford; T71/260 pp. 95-99; T71/1031 St Kitts no. 200.

  1., Oxford University Alumni, 1500-1886 [database online].

  2. Gentleman's Magazine Vol. VI Second New Series, July-December 1836 inclusive, p. 205.

  3. PROB 11/2262/383.

Further Information

Beatrice Kidd
Oxford (Queen's) [1809-1813 ]
Church of England

Associated Claims (1)

£2,165 17s 10d

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
1834 [SY] - 1834 [LA] → Owner

Addresses (1)

Queen's College, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Central England, England