John Gordon McCaul

1788 - ????

Claimant or beneficiary


Merchant in St Croix, late of Glasgow, and a partner in John M'Caul and Sons of Glasgow (q.v.) which failed in 1820 (he was the son of John M'Caul). Executor of Cosmo Gordon (who died c. 1825)

  1. Matriculated Balliol Oxford 04/05/1805 aged 17, BA 1809, MA 1813 [as MacCaul].

  2. The executors of George Gordon identified in 1813 were John Gordon, Cosmo Gordon, Dr William M'Dougall, Dr Wm Stedman and John Sempill: clearly there was a network of Scots expatriates operating in St Croix and between there and Copenhagen, and possibly between St Croix, Copenhagen and Glasgow.

  3. Robert Buchanan, the trustee for the creditors of John and John Gordon M'Caul, was awarded compensation in that capacity for the Mt Annan estate in Trinidad and counterclaimed for the Westmorland estate, also in Trinidad.  

  4. A John Gordon McCaul served as Town Bailiff of Christiansted St Croix in 1864.


  1., Oxford University Alumni, 1500-1886 [database online]. There is a second entry, for John M'Caul, with identical details except his age is given as 18 in 1807 and his MA is given as 1814.

  2. London Gazette, Issue 16772, 11/09/1813, p. 1807, call for creditors of George Gordon to a meeting in St Croix.

  3. T71/894 Trinidad No. 1635A.

  4. [accessed 28/01/2011].

Further Information

Name in compensation records
John Gordon M'Caul
Oxford (Balliol) [1805-1809 ]
West India merchant

Associated Claims (3)

£4,151 6s 9d
Not a claimant (Mortgagee)
£2,009 2s 6d
Not a claimant (Mortgagee)
£7,173 18s 2d
Awardee (Executor or executrix)

Legacies Summary

Commercial (1)

Firm Investment
John M'Caul & Sons
West India merchant