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The following inscriptions may interest you. Leaning against a wall at the Vere Estates Co.'s wharf at Salt River, still awaiting erection over the mortal remains of the late S. B. Lamont, M.D., stands a marble gravestone bearing the following inscription, a queer mixture of English and Latin:
To the Memory of
S. B. Lamont M.D.
Obiit 23rd December 1828
AEtatis suae 25
This tomb is erected
by his disconsolate parent.
Someone seems to have failed in carrying out the intentions of the "disconsolate parent," perhaps the conveyance of a marble tombstone up the mountain tracks to Whitney was placed against the credit of the memory of the deceased and shewed a debit balance.
Another interesting relic lies on its side in the cellar under the old disused Customs House at Salt River, now rapidly falling to pieces, and takes the form of a marble tombstone, adorned at the. top with an urn half shrouded with the usual pall. The inscription is a lengthy one, and runs as follows:
Sacred to the memory of
R. J. Langrishe Esq.
Lieutenant of the Royal Navy
and for nearly two years a
Special justice in and over this
Island. He departed this life
on the 14th day of January 1836
aged 32 years. As a magistrate
he was zealous and impartial, as a man
just and honorable as a husband
and father tender and affectionate.
His widow and two children are
left to mourn their irreparable loss.
This stone is placed over the remains
of the deceased by his sorrowing
friends in Clarendon as a proof
of their regard for his inflexible integrity.
There again history is silent; was it a case of nonpayment of import duty by the sorrow-stricken friends that has made the stone a silent witness to the frailty of human regard?
This Indenture made the 21 June 1671, 23 Charles II, Betweene Robert Shorten of Horsey=downe in Southwarke co. Surrey Mariner of the one part and John Heith of London gentleman of the other Whereas his said Majestie by letters patent dated the 20 June hath granted to Robert Shorten all that parcel of land containing 1000 acres situate at Cabreto in the parish of St. Elizabeth bounding N. on Cabreto River and Richard Kilby, N. W. on Robert Shorten and Richard Kilby, S. and E,. on land unsurveyed at the yearly rent of 1d per acre for every acre planted and yielding at the feast of St. Michael 1/20 of the profits of all mines and whereas his Majestie by another letter patent hath granted to Robert Shorten that parcel of land containing 1000 acres in Cabareto bounding N. on Capt. William James, S. W. on land unsurveyed, S. E. on himself and Richard Kilby and W. on Cabareto River and land unsurveyed at the like rent, now Robert Shorten for a competent sum hath sold to John Heith 1/4 of the said lands.
Signed by "Robt. Shorten" in the presence of John Moyor, Thomas Woodward senior and his Nath. Emderby his servant.
Endorsed "21th June 1671 The Conveyance from Capt. Robert Shorten to Mr. John Heith of Land in Jamaica." (On one skin in the Editor's possession.)
This is Add. MS. 12,436, British Museum, presented by C. E. Long 8th March 1842. It is in ancient copy of 143 folios. After each name is given the acreage in each parish, with totals at the end. I have abstracted the names of all the owners of 5000 acres and upwards.
(Name lost), 5,453
Thomas Allison 5,876
Andrew Arcedeckne 12,712
Joseph Foster Barham 6,496
Francis Beckford 2,616
Richard. Beckford 9,242
Julines Beckford 8,198
William Beckford 22,022
Ballard Beckford 6,087
Charles Bowles 5,204
George Brookes 6,015
Hon. Colin Campbell deceased 11,294
Mary & John Carver 7,787
James Dawkins 14,294
William Dawkins Esq. deceased 4,874
Henry Dawkins 5,761
Ezekiel & Caleb Dickinson 7,055
John Douce estate 6,020
Robert Duckinfield 5,038
Thomas Dunbar deceased 7,557
Richard Ellettson estate 5,495
George Ellis estate deceased 9,636
Thomas Fearon, Junior 8,941
Heirs of Thomas Fish 6,313
Thomas Foster 6,752
Jeoffry French Esq. 5,686
Thomas Fuller 6,293
John Gale Esq. deceased 6,001
Henry Gale a minor 10,065
Isaac Gale Esq. 11,838
Henry Gale Esq. decd 16,510
William Hall Esq. 5,580
Thomas Hall Esq. 5,705
Francis Sadler Hals 18,883
John Hanson deceased 5,028
Alexander Henderson 5,821
Countess Hume 5,287
John Hynes estate 8,453
John Innes deceased 8,021
John Lawrence 5,620
Benjamin Lawrence 4,800
Hon. Samuel Long 6,755
Lowe & Moore deceased 6,356
Alexander McFarlane 5,605
Hon. Edward Manning 6,010
Ann Modyford & Charles Bowles 6,574
John Morant estate 8,159
John Morse Esq. 8,526
Hampson Nedham 9,247
John Olyphant Esq. 5,880
Edward Pennant 8,365
Col. Robert Phillips 5,539
Prater & Anderson 5,562
Hon. Charles Price 13,651
John Pusey 5,376
John Scott 5,821
Hon. John Stewart 5,860
Anthony Langly Swymner 7,272
Florentius Vassall 8,357
B. & Andrew Woodstock & John Hodges 7,676
This lady was niece to Mrs. Robert Scarlett (nee Elizabeth Anglin) of Duckett's Spring. It was at the estate of her brother-in-law, General Grizell (he had married her eldest sister Mary Anglin), that she was staying when her first
husband was murdered by the negroes.
Mary Lawrence (whose portrait, see ante, III., 131) was mother to Elizabeth (Anglin) Scarlett and grandmother to Mary Lawrence (Grizell) Bowen, hence her name. In the above portrait she holds in her hand a flower, which is a white one with shiny dark green pointed leaves looking like a teaplant. This plant is the "Frezia theoides, a Jamaican shrub or small tree, inhabiting the higher mountains of that island, and remarkable for its very near resemblance both in leaves and flowers to the black tea of China." No doubt she was painted with a sprig of it to show the locality of the place to which she belonged --viz., the parish of St. James or Hanover. (Mrs.) B. F. SCARLETT.
(Chetham Society, vol. iii., pt. 2.)
1778 Jan. 17. Matthew & William, sons of Jarvis Gallimore, Merchant, of Jamaica.
1782 Ralph son of Moses Benson of Jamaica, (merchant of Liverpool). B. 1773.
1784 Jarvis son of Henry Gallimore, merchant, of Jamaica.
1785 John son of Henry Gallimore, merchant, of Jamaica.
* Contributed by Mrs. B. F. Scarlett
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