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Caribbean. The forebear of the Barbados Walcotts was Eyare Walcott who came to Barbados from London in 1659. These Walcotts became merchants and planters there. Their numbers grew in the following century (as the early marriage records in Barbados would indicate). The family ran a cotton plantation. the Todd estates, at Old Asylum wall. The Walcott name also evolved from the slaves there and from this source has grown even more in numbers (Walcott as a consequence is now one of the most common surnames in Barbados).

Charles Walcott from the planter family had built his estate in the late 1800's near Choiseul and married a local woman. Their grandson, born in Trinidad, was Derek Walcott, the acclaimed Caribbean poet and playwright who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992.

He was not the only accomplished or distinguished Walcott that would be coming from Barbados. Other notable Walcotts have been: Joe Walcott, the world welterwight boxing champion Jersey Joe Walcott, the world heavyweight boxing champion Frank Walcott, the respected Barbados trade union leader and Clyde Walcott, the Barbados and West Indian cricketer of the 1950's. Many Walcotts from Barbados have subsequently emigrated to various different parts of the world. There are Walcott outposts in Canada - in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia and in Abbotsford, British Columbia - and many Walcotts as well in England and America. Ernest and Rosa Walcott, for instance, left Barbados for New York in 1906. Jack and Edna Walcott did raise fifteen children in Barbados during the 1920's and 1930's. But a number of them (or the grandchildren) departed the island in the 1950's and 1960's.

New Zealand. One line from Barbados has stretched to New Zealand. John Alexander Walcott, an army surgeon, had been born in Barbados. His son James Alexander immigrated first to Australia and then to New Zealand and is the forebear of most of the Walcotts in New Zealand today.

I (Janice Helen Greenlees) am descended from the Barbados Walcots via 3x great grandparents who came to Sydney in 1842, however I do not know of anyone in my direct line with the name Walcott. My Walcott ancestor was Thomas Clarke, son of Ann Walcott Pile who was granddaughter of Ann Walcott b. 1720 in Barbados: Thomas Clarke, Gentleman

The Most Eminent Planters in Barbados, 1673

A list of the 74 "most eminent" planters was sent to the Colonial Office in London in 1673. These are the big landowners with holdings ranging from 200 to 1,000 acres. The list is printed in Brandow's Omitted Chapters from Hotten.

  1. Col. Samuel Barwicke 400 acres
  2. Col. Wm. Bate 200 acres
  3. Col. Richard Bayly 500 acres
  4. Mr. Martin Bently 400 acres
  5. Majr. Philip Bishop 250 acres
  6. Mr. Robert Breviter 350 acres
  7. Capt. Ed. Briney 200 acres
  8. Col. Richd. Buckworth 200 acres
  9. Capt. Rowland Bulkely 500 acres
  10. Majr. James Carter 300 acres
  11. Col. Christopher Cine 400 acres
  12. Capt. Jno. Codrington 300 acres
  13. Col. Christopher Codrington 600 acres
  14. Sir Peter Collerton, Bart. 700 acres
  15. Mr. Thos. Colleton 500 acres
  16. Mr. Robt. Davers 600 acres
  17. Capt. John Davyes 200 acres
  18. Col. Henry Drax 800 acres
  19. Mr. Wm. Dyer 300 acres
  20. Mr. Richd. Evans 300 acres
  21. Mr. Jno. Foster 300 acres
  22. Mr. Samuel Framer, Esq. 500 acres
  23. Col. John Frere 300 acres
  24. Capt. Tobias Frere 400 acres
  25. Capt. Jno. Gibbs 300 acres
  26. Major Wm. Goodale 200 acres
  27. Majr. Jno. Gregory 300 acres
  28. Col. Richd. Guy 200 acres
  29. Mr. Giles Hall 400 acres
  30. Majr. Jno. Hallett 300 acres
  31. Major Robt. Haskett 900 acres
  32. Col. Richd. Hawkins 350 acres
  33. Col. Henry Hawley 300 acres
  34. Majr. Jno. Helmes 200 acres
  35. Mr. John Holder 400 acres
  36. Col. Jno. Horne 500 acres
  37. Mr. Richard Howell 200 acres
  38. Mr. Jno. Kendall 250 acres
  39. Mr. John Knight 350 acres
  40. Col. Symon Lambert 500 acres
  41. Majr. Robt. Legard 300 acres
  42. Mr. Ed. Littleton 600 acres
  43. Capt. Thos. Maycocke 500 acres
  44. Mr. Robt. Mead 200 acres
  45. Mr. Wm. Merricke 400 acres
  46. Mr. Benja. Middleton 400 acres
  47. Col. Lewis Morris 400 acres
  48. Col. Samuel Newton 400 acres
  49. Mr. Henry Odiarne 300 acres
  50. Mr. John Pierce 1000 acres
  51. Mr. Nicholas Prideaux 300 acres
  52. Mr. Robt. Rich 350 acres
  53. Capt. Samuel Rolleston 200 acres
  54. Majr. Thos. Rous 350 acres
  55. Lt. Col. Thomas Rous 400 acres
  56. Col. Alexander Ruddocke 200 acres
  57. Col. Daniel Searle 500 acres
  58. Mr. Richard Seawell 600 acres
  59. Col. Wm. Sharpe 600 acres
  60. Mr. John Sparke 600 acres
  61. Col. Jno. Stanfast 500 acres
  62. Capt. John Sutton 300 acres
  63. Mr. Henry Sweet 400 acres
  64. Col. Timothy Thornhill 500 acres
  65. Majr. Saml. Tidcombe 300 acres
  66. Mr. Hen. Wallrond, Jr. 200 acres
  67. Mr. James Wallwin 300 acres
  68. Col. Henry Walrond 400 acres
  69. Mr. Thomas Wardell 250 acres
  70. Capt. Jno. Waterman 800 acres
  71. Col. John Willoughby 450 acres
  72. Mr. Thos. Wiltshire 300 acres
  73. Mr. John Worsam 300 acres
  74. Col. Wm. Yeamans 300 acres


  • Transcribed by Terri England, 2002.



  1. Sainsbury, W. Noel, ed., Calender of State Papers, Colonial Series (Volume 7), America and West Indies, 1669-1674, Preserved in Her Majesty's Public Record Office (Vaduz: Kraus Reprint Ltd., 1964) First Published London: HMSO, 1889. pp. 496-497.