Frederick Maitland

Despite his Scottish name Frederick only appears to have spent one year in Scotland, as a member of General Abercromby's staff, when his daughter Charlotte was baptised in Charlotte Chapel. Most of his life was spent in the West Indies, where he was a distinguished administrator of the slave colonies.

3 September 1763 - 27 January 1848
General the Hon Sir Alexander Maitland, seventh son of Charles, sixth earl of Lauderdale.
Penelope Madan d.1805, daughter of Colonel Martin Madan, (groom of the bedchamber to Frederick, Prince of Wales, and MP for Wootton Basset) and Judith Cowper (poet, and aunt of the hymn writer William Cowper). Penelope's brother Martin was author of a controversial book Thelyphthora (1780) advocating polygamy as a remedy for sexual sins, and her brother Spencer was bishop of Peterborough.
Hollywich, Sussex
Political views
He was opposed to the abolition of slavery (5)
Army. He served in the 1780s in the West Indies, where he met his wife, in Europe in the early 1790s, then returned to the West Indies. He returned in 1797 and served on Abercromby's staff in Scotland, before returning to the West Indies in 1800. He was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Grenada in 1805 and administered the island until 1810. He is remembered as a careful administrator whose decisions were hardly ever overturned, even though his legal knowledge was all self-taught. He was appointed second in command in the Mediterranean in 1812 but resigned in ill health within a year. He was made a full general in 1825. (5)
Chapel connection
1799 (baptism of Charlotte)
Married on
Catherine Warsam Prettejohn
Frederick (1791-1804), John Madan (1793-1842 m1. Elinor d. of Gilbert Annesley d.1823 and m2. Harriet daughter of Rev Joseph Pratt, Captain in the Grenadier guards), Alexander (1797-1804), Charlotte (1799, m 1820 Captain Thomas Garth RN of Haines Hill, Berkshire), Harriet (m 1827 Donald Maclean Esq MP), Frederick Thomas (1807-1883 lieut col, m. 1842 Emily Augusta Mary, d of Major Richard Bingham Newlands), Frederica-Louisa, (d Eastborne 1822)


  1. Registers of Charlotte Chapel (NAS CH12/3)
  2. Edinburgh Post Office Directory 1818
  3. Peter Beauclerk Dewar, Burke's Landed Gentry of Great Britain: The Kingdom in Scotland 19th edition (Burke's Peerage and Gentry, London 2001)
  4. Bernard Burke, Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland, fifth edition (London, Harrison, 1871)
  5. 'Frederick Maitland (1763-1848)' by H.M.Chichester in The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2004)

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