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Royal Gazette

May 18, 1793

Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies


In the Mary, from Glasgow, Messrs. Douglas, Rankin, Frederic, Orr, Allan, Ross, and Wilson.


Monday morning sailed from Port Royal, his Majesty's packet boat the Tankerville, Captain McDonogh, with the mail for Great Britain. Passengers: Sir Alexander Grant, Bart., James Austin, Esq., Mr. Brown, Mr. Levien, and Mr. Levy.

On the Catherine, for Philadelphia, Mr. and Mrs. Cabel, and the Abbe Ouviere.

May 10 Thomas John Branfoot, Westmorland

" Edward Edwards, Kingston

" James Johnston, St. Mary

" Alexander McKenzie, St. Mary

" Charlotte Gordon, a free Negro, St. Mary

" Robert Maxwell, Kingston

" William Townsend, Clarendon

May 11 John Blair, St. Mary

" Fox, a slave, belonging to Cornelius Murray, Kingston

" Jeanie, a Negro, belonging to Cornelius Murray, Kingston

" Mary Woodruffe, a free quadroon, Kingston

May 13 Elizabeth Willan, and a Negro slave named Margery, Kingston

May 15 William Clarke, Kingston

" Mary Russell, Kingston

May 16 Thomas Billing, St. David

" James Busby, St. David

" Anthony Carroll, Kingston


Last Saturday, at Port Royal, Lieut. Alexander Becher, of his Majesty's ship Proserpine, to Miss Frances Scott, daughter of the late Rev. John Scott, of the place.


On his passage to Great Britain, in the Antelope packet-boat, a few days after leaving Port Royal, Mr. John Padgley, one of the Waiters and Searchers of this Port.

At Up Park, Mr. Archibald Merzies, Surgeon of the ? regiment, much regretted by the officers and privates of that corps. His remains were interred yesterday evening with military honours, in the Churchyard of this town.

In this town, Ensign Isaac Lamilliere, of the 16th Regiment of Foot.


Tuesday arrived the ship Jane, Rain, from Africa, with 352 Negroes, consigned to Messrs. Wedderburn and Co.

On Saturday morning at five o'clock the rain fell heavy, and continued for upwards of two hours; it afterwards cleared up for a little while: But from twelve o'clock until day light the next morning, we had the heaviest showers ever remembered since 1775. Milk River, about four in the morning, was over the uppermost step of the Bath House, a circumstance hardly credible, were the mark not there. The height is sixteen feet above the customary level of the river, and within a few inches of the shingles of a crane house. What is most extraordinary, three Negroes and a girl, who were in a house by the river side, being surrounded, and not means of escape appearing, the Negroes made a hole in the roof, where they remained until two in the morning, when the house was carried down the river, and they upon it. It was, however, stopped in its progress by some high mangroves. In this situation they continued until day light, when the river falling, they were relieved from their danger. The unfortunate girl, who was in the house with them, would not venture on the roof. She was carried away by the stream, and drowned.

We hear from Westmorland, that the Kingston Post was not arrived at Savanna la Mar last Thursday; from the late excessive rains, it was much feared that some accident had happened to the Post boy in crossing the rivers.

CAVEATS entered in this Office

On whose Estate/By whom entered

May 11 Sawyer, Dor. by Ezekiel Petgrave

May 11 Smith, Francis by William Savage

May 11 Rutherford, Lydia by Thomas Salt

May 13 Ridley, Peter by Robert Thomson

May 15 Andrews, John by Isaac Bernall

May 16 Mackean, James by John Wood

May 16 Price, Thomas by William G. Hancorne

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