Hugh Wallace Jamaica

Biography of Hugh Wallace

Hugh Wallace matriculated at the University in 1774. He was born in Jamaica, the first son of Hugh of Eldersley, in Jamaica.

The Wallace’s were a prominent Scottish slave-owning family, who owned estates and enslaved people in Jamaica over successive generations. Wallace acquired the estate of Biscany, in Jamaica, and became a merchant and an army officer.

Five of his sons would go on to attend the University of Glasgow between 1802 and 1812. Hugh Ritchie Wallace was the first to attend, illustrating Old College’s role as a home for the sons of the Scottish ‘plantocracy’.


Other Online Resources

Archival Materials

  • Addison, W Innes, The Matriculation Albums of the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1913); Murray, David, Memories of the Old College of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1927)


Hugh Wallace
Born 25 September 1760.
Died 30 May 1800.
GU Degree: Arts, 1774;
University Link: Student
Occupation categories: merchants; military
English snippet: Arts student at the University of Glasgow in 1774
Record last updated: 2nd Jul 2019

Country Associations

Jamaica Jamaica, St Elizabeth
Place of Birth

University Connections

University Roles

  • Student