James Laing

???? - 1831

Slave-owner and antecedent of claimant or beneficiary


James Laing of Haddo and Auchleuchries, a doctor from north-east Scotland who returned to Britain from Dominica. Father of Allan Stewart Laing (q.v.). As well as estates and enslaved people on Dominica, he was almost certainly the co-owner of the New Hampshire estate on Grenada with Henry Stewart or Stuart, with whom James Laing had been a co-owner on Dominica. High Sheriff of Surrey 1815.

  1. Will of James Laing of Streatham Surrey proved 13/05/1831. Under the will he confirmed his entailing of his estate of Haddo to his elder son William John Laing, and left the Union estate on Dominica to his younger son Allan Stewart Laing, and his estate at Streatham to Allan Stewart Laing for life. He also left in trust his half of Clark Hall on Dominica, his half of the Macoucherie estate, and the whole of the York Valley estate, to support annuities of £50 p.a. to Mrs Hamilton Hay of Edinburgh (identified as the wife of David Hay), £150 p.a. to Elizabeth Stewart Hay, daughter of Mrs Hamilton Hay and niece of his [the testator's] late wife, £25 p.a. to Isabella Henderson his housekeeper for many years; and £30 p.a. each to Charles and Isabella Laing, two illegitimate children of his late son James Bruce Laing, with the residue for the benefit of his sons William John Laing and Allan Stewart Laing. He also empowered his trustees to sell the estates and invest £10,000 of the proceeds in stock to service the annuities. He manumitted 'a young woman named Eliza the daughter of a mulatto woman named Sally (one of my slaves who has been a faithful servant).'


'A North-east Story': Scotland, Africa and Slavery': Fortune hunters in the Caribbean, http://www.abdn.ac.uk/slavery/4p2.htm [accessed 23/04/2011].

  1. PROB 11/1785/310.

Further Information

Married but no further details
William John; Allan Stewart Laing

Associated Claims (1)

£3,034 19s 8d
Other association

Associated Estates (11)

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
1817 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Joint owner
1832 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Previous owner
1817 [EA] - 1831 [EY] → Joint owner
1817 [EA] - 1831 [EY] → Joint owner
1817 [EA] - 1826 [LA] → Owner
1817 [EA] - 1831 [LA] → Joint owner
1817 [EA] - 1829 [LA] → Joint owner
1817 [EA] - 1826 [LA] → Joint owner
1817 [EA] - 1826 [LA] → Joint owner
1829 [EA] - 1831 [LA] → Owner
1826 [EA] - 1829 [LA] → Owner

Legacies Summary

Cultural (1)

Prints, Drawings and Paintings
James Laing, by Charles Turner after Edouard Pingret, mezzotint 1819, in the National Portrait Gallery Research Collection, NPG... 
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Physical (1)

Public Utility
Clock on Crimond Church  
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A 61 minute clock, on Crimond Church, donated by James Laing of Haddo in...

Political (1)

Local Government
office →
High Sheriff
1815 - 1815

Relationships (7)

Father → Son
Uncle → Nephew
Testator → Legatee
Notes →
In his will made in 1831 James Laing described Elizabeth Stewart Hay as his deceased wife's...
Father → Son
Testator → Trustee
Business associates
Notes →
The two men co-owned the Union estate on...
Business associates
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The two men co-owned two estates on...

Addresses (1)

Streatham Hill, Streatham, Surrey, South-east England, England