Samuel Cunningham

???? - 1845

Claimant or beneficiary


Slave-owner in Jamaica, son of Hon. John Cunningham, Member of Assembly for St James, and brother of James Cunningham and George Cunningham (all of whom q.v.). Samuel Cunningham and his brothers had moved to Britain by the 1840s and probably earlier: Samuel Cunningham was described as 'of Trelawney' in most of his claims but of London in his counter-claim as judgement creditor on Eastham estate.

  1. "The parish of St James Montego Bay. 'The Hon John Cunningham Esq., Member of Assembly Born at Kirknewton, Scotland 1738. He married Elizabeth, relict of Robert Westland, and died in 1812. Erected by his sons James, Samuel and George'. He acquired Maxfield estate of which he had been the attorney for the Hodges family. 'John, eldest son of John and Elizabeth Cunningham ob. 1804' 'Mrs Elizabeth Cunningham ob. 1806' (Archer, 318, 319)".

  2. 1841 census Samuel Cunningham aged 60 Planter living at [24] Harley Street with wife Elizabeth aged 54 and children Catherine, George and Samuel. The will of Samuel Cunningham of the parish of Trelawney in the island of Jamaica but now of Harley Street Cavendish Square was proved 25/02/1845. Under the will he left his estates of Roslin Castle and Manchester, Roslin Castle Pen and Mountain in trust to his brothers James and George for the benefit of his wife Elizabeth and then of his children George, Samuel and Katherine.


The awards for St Catherine 565 and St James 562 and 555 are tied together by the co-claimants (James, Samuel and George Cunningham). The awards under Trelawny 177-8 are for Roslin Castle, which the Jamaica Almanac for 1811 shows for both the Hon. John Cunningham and for Samuel Cunningham, with 200 and 49 enslaved respectively.

  1. Vere Langford Oliver, Caribbeana being miscellaneous papers relating to the history, genealogy, topography, and antiquities of the British West Indies (6 vols., London, Mitchell, Hughes and Clarke, 1910-1919), Vol. 2, p. 18.

  2. 1841 census online; PROB 11/2012/50 [the will is indexed online by TNA under 'Samuel Cuningham']. Samuel Cunningham the son was apprenticed to Frederick Cutler attorney in 1837 and in the 1851 census appears as solicitor at 6 Maberly Terrace aged 32 born Jamaica.

Further Information

George, Catherine, Samuel

Associated Claims (7)

£93 5s 7d
£1,860 8s 4d
Awardee (Judgement creditor)
£1,408 3s 3d
Awardee (Trustee)
£579 18s 7d
£3,712 18s 4d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£669 13s 6d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£3,728 3s 6d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)

Associated Estates (4)

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
1804 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Judgement creditor
1823 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner
1817 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Owner
1809 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner

Shown as owner of 49 enslaved people attached to the estate in 1809 and 1811, and then as owner of the estate and all the enslaved people attached to it

Relationships (5)

Son → Father
Uncle → Nephew

Addresses (1)

24 Harley Street, London, Middlesex, London, England