Appeals to the Privy Council from the
Caribbean and Canadian Colonies
Report No. BAR_1705_01

Burgess v Rees (?al. Ross)



Case Name Long

Elizabeth Burgess and Robert Wright v Bartholomew Rees (?alias William Ross)


Acts of the Privy Council, Colonial Series


APC Citation  

v.2 [969] p.486–487 (26 April 1705 – 5 Feb. 1707)

  PC Register Citation

Anne v.2 (20 Jan. 1704 – 29 Sept. 1705) p.333, 377–378, 380–381, 387–388: PC 2/80/333, 377–378, 380–381, 387–388


  PC Register Citation

Anne v.3 (11 Oct. 1705 – 29 Feb. 1708) p.261, 284, 296–297: PC 2/81/261, 284, 296–297



Colonial Courts


Unnamed – 29 June 1704


Governor and Council – 12 Sept. 1704



Burgess, Elizabeth, widow, appellant (lessor of Robert Wright)


Cleland, Col. William


Osborne, Samuel, assistant of the Court


Rees (?al. William Ross), Bartholomew, respondent


Ross, William – see Rees, Bartholomew


Walker, Alexander, one of the Council and judge of the Court


Wright, Robert, appellant (lessee of Elizabeth Burgess)



Concerning land.


Decisions reversed.


At the beginning of the case the respondent is called William Ross in both the APC and the PC register. In the committee report, however, he is consistently called Bartholomew Rees, with no mention of a Ross ever having been involved. The initial reference to a William Ross may be a mistake, or a relationship between Ross and Rees has yet to be identified.

Participants not mentioned in the APC were added here for clarity. Information about these participants was obtained from related primary and other sources.


References in Smith, Appeals to the Privy Council from the American Plantations

Table of Cases (Wright v Ross)


Printed Cases

Not found


Privy Council Documents in PC 1 at The National Archives at Kew

TNA Document Petition of Mrs. Burgess, Order of reference and Committee report of 13 Dec. – 14 Nov. 1706 (PC 1/48/8) view_Document
Notes about
Referenced in APC v.6 [154] p.49.


TNA Document Committee report – 8 Jan. 1707 (PC 1/46/9) view_Document
Notes about
Referenced in APC v.6 [160] p.50.