William Smith of Carbeth Guthrie

1787 - 1871


Glasgow merchant, awarded 2/3rds of the compensation for the enslaved people on Jordanhill estate in Trinidad with his partner Robert Brown (q.v.) as owners-in-fee. Second son of Archibald Smith of Jordanhill and brother of James Smith and Archibald Smith (both of whom q.v.). Lord Provost of Glasgow 1823.

  1. Partner in Smith & Brown (q.v.), merchants. Francis Brown of Jordanhills was also a partner prior to his death.

  2. Anthony Cooke shows him leaving an estate of £4,639.


T71/894 Trinidad 1836A & B. William Smith, Robert Brown of Glasgow part owners in fee.

  1. John Guthrie Smith and John Oswald Mitchell, The old country houses of the old Glasgow gentry (2nd edn., Glasgow, James MacLehose & Sons, 1878), XVIII. Carbeth Guthrie, available at http://gdl.cdlr.strath.ac.uk/smihou/smihou018.htm [accessed 17/06/2012]; ibid., LIX. Jordanhill, available at http://gdl.cdlr.strath.ac.uk/smihou/smihou059.htm [accessed 17/06/2012].

  2. 'An elite revisited: Glasgow West India merchants, 1783-1877', Journal of Scottish Historical Studies 32.2 2012 pp. 127-165, at p. 164, Inventory 12/06/1871 SC 70/1/153/468, Will same date SC 70/4/133/124.

Further Information

Name in compensation records
Wm Smith
(1) Jane Cuningham (2) Sarah Wallis
With (1) Archibald. With (2) Henry Wallis (1829-), Jane Cuningham (1831-1862), Helen Catherine (1833-), John Guthrie (1834-), William (1835-), James George (1839-)
Wealth at death
West India merchant and plantation owner

Associated Claims (2)

£3,697 10s 11d
Other association
William Smith and Robert Brown were executors and trustees of Francis Brown of Belleaire, and parties to the Privy Council suit over his will.
£7,649 8s 0d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)

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
1829 [SY] - → Trustee and Executor

Co-trustee and co-executor of Francis Brown, the owner of Belleaire prior to his death in 1829.

1822 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Joint owner
1819 [EA] - 1819 [LA] → Other

Francis Brown, William Smith and Robert Brown purchased 156 enslaved people on Wotten Waven on Dominica in 1819. It appears that these same people were imported by them and placed on their Jordan Hill or Jordanhill estate on Trinidad, where they were registered in 1822.

Legacies Summary

Commercial (1)

Name partner
William Smith and Browns
General overseas merchant  

Physical (1)

Country house
Carbeth Guthire [Purchased] 
description →
Estate in Strathblane, Stirlingshire, built by John Guthrie (q.v.) c. 1810 and with significant additions by William Smith c. 1835. 'William Smith was the second son of the late Archibald Smith of...

Political (1)

Local Government
office →
Lord Provost Lord Provost
1822 -

Relationships (3)

Business partners

Addresses (3)

12 York Place, Edinburgh, Midlothian (Edinburgh), Central Scotland, Scotland
East Manse, Kirknewton and East Calder, Midlothian (Edinburgh), Central Scotland, Scotland
Manse, Durisdeer, Dumfriesshire, Southern Scotland, Scotland