Jonathan Atkins

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Jonathan Atkins
Bornc. 1610
DiedJanuary 1703 (aged 92–93)
MonumentsSt Elthelburga's Church, Great Givendale[1]
OccupationGovernor of Barbados
Years active1674–1680
PredecessorWilliam Willoughby
SuccessorRichard Dutton
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Anderson

Sir Jonathan Atkins (c. 1610–1703) was Governor of Guernsey and Governor of Barbados.[2][3]

Commissioned into the 1st Foot Guards he was promoted to colonel and served in the Carlisle garrison, becoming Governor of Rochester Castle and then of Guernsey (1665–1670).[4]

On 6 February 1674 he was commissioned Governor-in-Chief of Barbados, receiving his instructions on 28 February 1674.[5] He arrived in Barbados late October or early November 1674.[6] The hurricane of 31 August 1675 was '... the worſt Enemy this Iſland ever knew, ...'.[7] Atkins was recalled and replaced by Sir Richard Dutton in 1680 who 'found the Iſland in a very flourſhing Condition'.[8]

Atkins married Mary Howard, the eldest daughter of Sir William Howard and Mary Eure of Naworth Castle, on 17 November 1642. She died on 9 April 1660. At the age of 51 on 8 October 1661, Atkins married the c. 24-year-old widow, Elizabeth Anderson, daughter of Sir John Baker of Sissinghurst in Kent.[9]

On his death his estates were divided between his second son, Richard and his third son, John.


  • Hoare, Peter (2010). "Sir Jonathan Atkins - Holborn House, Barbados - The marble relief of King's Lynn, Norfolk (1687): A puzzling link?". Norfolk Archaeology. XLVI: 48–62.
  • Oldmixon, J (1741). The British empire in America Vol 2. London: J. Brotherton, J. Clarke, A. Ward, J. Clarke, C. Hitch [and 5 others]. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  • Sainsbury, W N (1889). "America and West Indies: February 1674". Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies, Volume 7: 1669-1674. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  • Schomburgk, R H (1847). The History of Barbados: Comprising a Geographical and Statistical Description of the Island; a Sketch of the Historical Events Since the Settlement; and an Account of Its Geology and Natural Productions. Republished 2010 Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-108-02331-3.


  1. ^ Hoare 2010, p. 51.
  2. ^ Schomburgk 1847, p. 295.
  3. ^ Oldmixon 1741, p. 32.
  4. ^ Webb, Stephen. The Governors-General: The English Army and the Definition of the Empire ... p. 470.
  5. ^ Sainsbury 1889.
  6. ^ Hoare 2010, p. 53.
  7. ^ Oldmixon 1741, p. 33.
  8. ^ Oldmixon 1741, p. 37.
  9. ^ Hoare 2010, p. 52.