John Somervell Scotland Grenada

Biography of John Somervell

John Somervell enrolled as an Arts student at the University in 1795. He was the eldest son of Neil, a Glasgow - West India merchant.

Somervell died at Grenada, 20 October 1801.

There is no record of either father or son’s activities, though it is likely they traded in slave-grown produce. In 1772, Scots owned over half of all land on Grenada cultivated for use as sugar and coffee estates.


Printed Materials

  • The Scots Magazine, Vol.64

Archival Materials

  • W Innes Addison, The Matriculation Albums of the University of Glasgow from 1728 to 1858 (Glasgow, 1913)


John Somervell
Born 1779.
Died 20 October 1801.
GU Degree: Arts, 1795;
University Link: Student
Occupation categories: merchants
English snippet: Arts student at the University of Glasgow in 1795
Record last updated: 2nd Jul 2019

Country Associations

Scotland Scotland, No Region
Place of Birth

Grenada Grenada, No Region
Place of Death

University Connections

University Roles

  • Student