Jacob Aemilius Irving (1767-1816)

Jacob Aemilius Irving I, of Charleston; and, Ironshore, Jamaica

Associated Houses

Corbett House


He was born at Ironshore, his family's sugar plantation in Jamaica. he was educated in England, firstly in Kensington and then at Dr Burney's School, Greenwich. In 1796, at Charleston, South Carolina, he married Peggy Corbett and they lived at her childhood home, the Corbett House in Charleston before moving to Ironshore where Jacob ran the family sugar plantation. In 1803, they sailed for London and lived for a period with the Rev. Mr Cooper at 97 Guilford Street, Russell Square. In 1805, Jacob returned to Jamaica (followed shortly afterwards by his wife) to manage his plantations in anticipation of the Abolition (Slavery) Act which was passed in London the following year. He remained there until 1809, sailing via Charleston to Liverpool. He returned to Jamaica once more before his death at 15 Bold Street, Liverpool. He was survived by 3-sons and one daughter, Mrs Betsey Sawbridge, of Niagara, Upper Canada.


Contributed by Mark Meredith on 05/10/2018 and last updated on 08/08/2020.