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The Iniquities of Apprenticeship

If anyone was ever in any doubt about the iniquities of the Apprenticeship scheme that followed the apparent abolition of slavery in the British colonies this little book lays out in graphic detail just how much more dreadful things became for those who...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 14 Feb 2018

March v. Ellis a bitter family dispute

 The Court of Chancery in the reign of George I  (source: Wikipedia) The case of Francis March against members of the Ellis family is very typical of 18th-century Jamaican Chancery cases. Many of these arose because of the early deaths of colonists...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 21 Mar 2015

A Parcel of Ribbons now on Kindle

The book A Parcel of Ribbons is now available on Amazon Kindle   You can of course still buy the paperback from Amazon or and other outlets which has the advantage of being a physical book and of having the index. Kindle format still...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 14 Nov 2014

A Lady in Jamaica – Book Review

There is relatively little available about eighteenth century Jamaica written by women, unless you count the diary of Lady Nugent, written on the cusp of the nineteenth century, but recently memoirs of nineteenth century Jamaica have started to appear....
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 11 May 2014

Jamaican Christmas & John Canoe

    Christmas in Jamaica before emancipation was one of the few periods in the year when slaves were able to enjoy themselves, free for a brief period from work. If they were lucky they received extra rations of food and possibly cloth or clothing...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 24 Dec 2013

Snails and Serendipity

  So much of extending my historical knowledge has depended on serendipity. This week I was in London for a meeting and hoping to be able to visit the Tate afterwards. However the meeting over-ran and, because it was closer to St Pancras where I...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 30 Nov 2013

A Year in Jamaica – Book Review

  For anyone with an interest in Jamaica and its history this enchanting memoir is a must read, and a great Christmas present. Diana Lewes was the pen name of Elizabeth Anesta Sewell whose grandfather William Sewell went to Jamaica shortly after...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 2 Nov 2013

Education at Home and Abroad

 Jan Steen (1625/1626–1679)  via Wikimedia Commons Much has been written about the failure of Jamaica to establish a self-sufficient and expanding white colony during the eighteenth century by comparison with the success of the rest of the North...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 7 Sep 2013

The 4th of July – not the end of the story

Signing the Preliminary Treaty of Peace at Paris, November 30, 1782.*     Following the 4th of July celebrations of America’s Declaration of Independence from Great Britain in 1776, I thought it interesting to quote from a letter which...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 6 Jul 2013

Belisario – a great Jamaican artist

  This is not a book to be taken lightly in any sense. It is a large and solid tome, one to be requested as a birthday or Christmas present, to be proudly displayed and frequently pored over. It is carefully researched, beautifully put together...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 16 Jun 2013

Inoculation, Vaccination and an old controversy

Morning P0st 17 May 1810 from British Newspaper Archive While researching something else entirely I came across Dr Benjamin Moseley and an old controversy with very modern echoes. Benjamin Moseley was born about 1746, son of Edward Moseley of St Osyth...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 11 May 2013

Runaway Slaves

 Advertisement for a runaway from PortCities Bristol I have to thank a member of the Jamaica Colonial Heritage Society for drawing my attention to a new transcription of advertisements for runaway slaves taken from Jamaican newspapers between 1718 and...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 27 Apr 2013

Joseph Stone Williams

  Emancipation celebrations in Spanish Town 1838   I wrote last time about the Legacies of British Slave-ownership website, and quite by chance I have now found a Will which illustrates that period of history between the passing of the abolition...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 30 Mar 2013

Your Ancestor – Slave or Slave owner ?

Portrait of Sir James Esdaile (1714-1793) by Sir Joshua Reynolds   If your ancestor was in the small minority of people who owned land or property then tracking them back beyond civil registration and the nineteenth century censuses may be relatively...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 16 Mar 2013

Was Your Ancestor Really Married?

The question of whether our ancestors were actually married and if so where and when is one which has particular resonance in the context of 18th century Jamaica. Last weekend I had the pleasure of meeting, albeit briefly, Professor Rebecca Probert and...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 2 Mar 2013

Infant and child mortality in Jamaica

A late 18th Century embroidered mourning scene for a young child worked on an ivory silk ground. The stylized scene includes a central tombstone with the inscription written in ink on silk: ‘In memory of Mifs Betsey Thomson who died Jun 29 1794...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 16 Feb 2013

Pancakes 18th century style

  With Lent fast approaching I thought it would be good to dip once again into the cookbook of Hannah Glasse to see how she made pancakes. This is an 18th century Dutch dish such as Hannah Glasse might have used to serve up her pancakes*. Traditionally...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 9 Feb 2013

Jamaica in the 18th century British Press

I was searching the British Newspaper Archive last week and in an idle moment wondered just how much coverage there was of Jamaica. A search for the single word ‘Jamaica’ was revealing. Even bearing in mind the rapid increase in the number...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 26 Jan 2013

Curtis Brett – Spanish Town Printer

  18th Century style wooden Common Press at The Tom Paine Printing Press Lewes, Sussex I have to thank Professor Roderick Cave* for reintroducing me to Curtis Brett, who had only merited a footnote in my book. Until now I had been completely unaware...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 24 Nov 2012

The Swymmer family of Bristol

College Green Bristol where the Swymmer Family owned property during the 17th and 18th centuries. Bristol Cathedral is in the background*     The Bristol-based Swymmer family played a key part in the development of merchant venturers in that...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 17 Nov 2012

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