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Harbour Street, Kingston

Harbour Street, Kingston, Jamaica. From an Early 19th Century Hand-Coloured Aquatint, 1825, after an original Watercolour by James Hakewill, 1820.

Bridge over the Rio Cobre

The Iron Bridge over the Rio Cobre, Spanish Town, Jamaica. From an Early 19th Century Hand-Coloured Aquatint, 1825, after an original Watercolour by James Hakewill, 1820

Bryan Castle Great House

"Bryan Castle Estate was settled in 1793 by Bryan Edwards and afterwards became by purchase, the property of late Alexander Donaldson, and is now in the possession of Alexander Grant, John Meek and Joseph Green, trustees nominated by his will. The property contains 1402 acres of land, 300 of which are in canes, 600 in pasture and pimento and the remainder in negro and provision grounds. On the estate are 165 negroes, the extra labour being made up by jobbing. The estate is pleasantly situated within three miles of Rio Bueno, the nearest shipping port, to which there is a good road, it is like the generality of sea-side estates, subject to frequent droughts, but in good seasons is very productive.

Bryan Edwards, the very able and accurate historian and of the West Indies was born May 20, 1743, at Westbury, Wiltshire."

James Hawkwill

Williamsfield Estate, St Thomas in the Vale

"Williamsfield Estate, in the parish of St Thomas in the Vale, according to what can be gathered from the old negroes (there being no early records), was first settled nearly 80 years ago by Mr. Needham, who was at that time a large proprietor in the Island, but while in its infancy (within three or four years after it was commenced), it was purchased by Mr. Harvey, who came from Barbados, and was a merchant in Kingston. From Mr. Harvey it became the property of Daniel Lascelles, brother of the first Baron Harewood, from whom it descended to the present Earl. It contains 2,998 acres of land including Sandy Gut, a small estate which was purchased and added to it in 1815. Something more than 300 acres of this in canes.

There are 304 negroes (negroes and people of colour) on the estate. The nearest shipping-places to which a wagon can go, are Port Henderson and Passage Fort, both of which are 23 or 24 miles distant. The principal road across the island from Spanish town to St Mary's, passes through the estate. Nightingale Grove, in St Dorothy's, is likewise a property of the Earl of Harewood. At the time of its purchase, by Mr Daniel Lascelles, is was a penn, but was soon converted into a sugar estate."

James Hawkwill 

Waterfall on the Windward Road near Kingston

Waterfall on the Windward Road near Kingston, Jamaica. From an Early 19th Century Hand-Coloured Aquatint, 1825, after an original Watercolour by James Hakewill, 1820