Estate Details

Associated People (3)

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
19/03/1767 [SD] - 1773 [LA] → Joint owner
- 1806 [EY] → Owner
1806 [SY] - 1819 [LA] → Owner

Associated Claims (1)

£1,260 11S 10D


NB there were two Friendships in Tobago, the second in St George and merged with Greenhill.

  1. The original purchasers were Walter Carew and J. Brown of Sandy Bay division (St Patrick parish) Lots nos. 25, 26 and 27 (100, 120 and 100 acres respectively) on 19/03/1767. By 1773 the three Lots were in the name of Walter Carew alone. The three came to form the Friendship estate, held in 1832 by 'Heirs of Robley', and out of cultivation by 1862, although the Present Possessor was shown as the Hon. J. H. Keens.


'Tables showing the Lots in each Parish, numbered as originally granted - the original Grantee - the name of the Lot, or lots, if one has been acquired, and the present Possessor where there is one' and 'A Table, showing the Estates in cultivation in 1832, and their Owners, in 1832, copied from the list appended to Byres' map of that date, with those in cultivation in 1862', Henry Iles Woodcock, A History of Tobago (Ayr: Smith and Grant, 1867; new impression London: Frank Cass and Company Limited, 1971); John Fowler, A summary account of the present flourishing state of the respectable colony of Tobago in the British West Indies illustrated with a map of the island and a plan of its settlement, agreeably to the sales by his Majesty’s Commissioners (London: A Grant, 1774) pp. 60-61.

Estate Information (4)

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[Mortgage] 01/03/1774  

165,000 guilders at 5% for Walter Carrew [sic] Esq. on his plantation Friendship [sic] on Tobago valued at £27,254 8s 4d (299,794 guilders) to be paid off in 9 years, negotiated through Jo[h]an Hodshon of Amsterdam, surety for capital and principal Serocold & Jackson of London, surety for interest Joan [sic] Hodshon of Amsterdam.

Charles Wilson, Anglo-Dutch Commerce & Finance in the Eighteenth Century p. 184.

[Number of enslaved people] 81(Tot) 53(F) 28(M)  
[Name] Friendship  

The return was submitted by John Robley, coupled with that of Golden Grove (q.v.). There was a marked gender imbalance, although not a disproportionate presence of children (only 3 identified as such) that might support the thesis that this was a 'breeding' estate.

T71/462 15-18
[Number of enslaved people] 74(Tot) 51(F) 23(M)  
[Name] Friendship  

Robt. Hall manager

T71/474 29
[Number of enslaved people] 76(Tot) 51(F) 25(M)  
[Name] Friendship  

Robert Hall manager

T71/481 27