Wilkins George Terry

Terry, with a prestigious commission in the Life Guards, married into an Edinburgh gentry family and became a colonial administrator dealing with liberated slaves.

c.1789 - 9 January 1865
Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight
1813 ensign in the 65th regiment (8). 1815 Lieutenant in the Life Guards (4). In 1836 he was promoted from half-pay to be Lieutenant in the 18th foot (5). In 1845 he became Assistant Superintendent of HM's Liberated African Department, Sierra Leone (7).
Chapel connection
1815, baptism; 1818, baptism
Married on
3 August 1814 in St Peter's Church, Leeds.
1. Christina Elizabeth Tytler; 2. Letitia Jervis, in 1841.
Isabella Erskine (1815, m. Edwin Champion Ireland), James Erskine Tytler (1818), Jane Carr Terry (1816?-1885, m.1844 Royal Naval surgeon William Bateman. She was author of The Netherwoods of Otterpool (1858); Who is to Have It? (1859); Forgiveness (1860), a love story set amid the colonial life of Sierra Leone; The Two Families; or, The Power of Religion (1864), a didactic novel; and Ierne of Armorica: A Tale of the Time of Chlovis (1873), an historical novel (6)), Christina Isabella Terry (c.1826-1906, m.1860 Danish ship broker Christian Henrich Jung) (3)


  1. Registers of Charlotte Chapel (NAS CH12/3)
  2. Andrews and Jervis-Hunter Ancestry (online accessed 10 January 2012), based on Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry
  3. Steve, 'John Yunge-Bateman' in Bear Alley blog, accessed 10 January 2012
  4. Caledonian Mercury 16 October 1816
  5. Morning Post 5 March 1836
  6. Jane Carr Bateman in At the Circulating Library: A database of Victorian Fiction 1837-1901 (online accessed 10 January 2012
  7. The Standard, 12 January 1865
  8. Royal military chronicle vol.6 (1813) p.359

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