Estate Details

Associated People (6)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1783 [EA] - → Mortgage Holder
1783 [EA] - 1783 [LA] → Mortgage Holder
1808 [EA] - 1808 [LA] → Mortgage Holder
1808 [EA] - 1809 [LA] → Not known

Bridget Ross was party to two separate deeds, one of 1808 and one of 1809 concerning the Belmont estate: in the first she contracted to sell part of the land to James Lacroix; in the second she conveyed the estate to her son John Pemberton Ross.

1809 [EA] - 1809 [LA] → Previous owner
1817 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner

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£3,077 16S 3D


There were there estates named Belmont in the Salve Registers for St Vincent. Charles Shephard, from John Byres' 1776 Plan, showed Belmont as an extant estate against each of Lots No. 28 (95 acres, originally purchased by St Lawrence), No. 41 (39 acres, purchased by Coram), No. 81 (80 acres, purchased by Wilmot) and (as Belmont and Golden Vale) Lot No. 144 (471 acres, purchased by Byers). In addition, Belmont was shown among the lots leased to French settlers, against Lot No. 25 (135 acres leased to Michelle). The Belmont shown against Lot no. 144 was almost certainly that later owned by John Pemberton Ross. It is not yet clear how the other two Belmont estates in the Slave Registers relate to the early purchases.

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[Name] Belmont  

Bridget Ross and James Byres of Tonley were parties to an indenture of 01/08/1808 whereby Bridget Ross contracted to sell land to James Lacroix (q.v.) identified in the deed as part of the Belmont estate in St George on St Vincent. The deed recited that John Byres had owned 197 acres of land which he had in 1774 mortgaged to William Fraser of Inner Temple; that mortgage had become the property of James Byres of Tonley [the mechanism was not specified]. James Lacroix agreed to purchase 68 acres of the total parcel for £2443 2s 6d, of which he paid 1/3rd upfront, divided between Bridget Ross and James Byres with the majority to Bridget Ross. [Lacroix died very shortly after this deed was signed; the land he purchased appears to have become the Golden Vale estate].

Deed Book 1810, British Library, EAP688/1/1/21, pp. 147-154.

[Name] Belmont or Mount Scratch  

f. 260‐1 Entered 26 June 1809 Conveyance of an estate: an indenture made on 7 March 1809 between Bridget Ross (Saint Vincent), widow of the Hon. Andrew Ross, and John Pemberton Ross (esquire, Saint Vincent). Conveys Belmont (or Mount Scratch) estate, Saint George parish, Saint Vincent to John Pemberton Ross under the terms of the will of Andrew Ross, his father.

EAP 345 Kenneth Morgan Endangered Archives of St Vincent
[Number of enslaved people] 120(Tot)  
[Name] Belmont Estate  

John P Ross as owner.

T71/493 258-261
[Number of enslaved people] 115(Tot) 62(F) 53(M)  
[Name] Belmont Estate  

John Pemberton Ross as owner [8 enslaved people purchased from Mrs Ann Dowers].

T71/495 124-125
[Number of enslaved people] 128(Tot) 73(F) 55(M)  
[Name] Belmont Estate  

John P Ross.

T71/497 88-89
[Number of enslaved people] 128(Tot) 74(F) 54(M)  
[Name] Belmont Estate  

John Pemberton Ross.

T71/497 80
[Number of enslaved people] 127(Tot) 73(F) 54(M)  
[Name] Belmont Estate  

John Pemberton Ross.

T71/499 49-50
[Number of enslaved people] 117(Tot) 66(F) 51(M)  
[Name] Belmont Estate  

Belmont Estate. The property of John Pemberton Ross. Statement sworn by himself [1 enslaved person declared as having obtained freedom under the third section of the Slavery Abolition Act, having been in England]. Register taken on 1st May. Total on 1st August 1834 was 118 enslaved people.

T71/500 78-79