Belle Air

Estate Details

Associated People (5)

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
1818 [EA] - 1818 [LA] → Owner
1825 [EA] - 1825 [LA] → Joint owner
1825 [EA] - 1825 [LA] → Joint owner
1828 [EA] - 1831 [LA] → Owner
1832 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Mortgage Holder

Associated Claims (1)

£3,194 3S 10D


Berbice - appears in the slave compensation records as 'Belair' under British Guiana no. 17. The linkage between the 1794 and 1818 Slave Register, and the linkage between the 1818 and 1825 Slave Registers, remain tentative.

Estate Information (6)

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[Name] Bel Air  

Plantagie Bel Air. Eigenaar [owner] L.H. Buse; Adminis. L.H. Buse. Probably but not certainly the Bel Air or Belair of the Slave Registers: both the sources place this estate on the West Zeekust or West Sea Coast of Berbice.

Naam-Lyst...op de colonie de Berbice (1794) [transcribed by Paul Koulen, 2011] p. 8
[Number of enslaved people] 171(Tot) 71(F) 100(M)  
[Name] Belle Air  

Return of slaves attached to Belle Air situate on the west sea coast of the colony, the property of J.G. Rausch, return made by J van den Broek and A. Krieger administrators.

T71/437 292-294
[Number of enslaved people] 66(Tot)  
[Name] Belle Air  

Return of slaves on Pln Belle Air the property of James Culley and Thomas Lighton. This return made by James Culley [30/03/1825]. 36 + 33 (18M 15F) - 3 (3M) = 66

T71/442 231-232
[Number of enslaved people] 67(Tot)  
[Name] Bel Air  

Property of Thomas Lighton, this return made by him 'none previously returned'.

T71/443 111-112
[Number of enslaved people] 68(Tot)  
[Name] Belle Air  

Property of Thomas Lighton, attached to Belle Air, this return made by Wm Campbell qq.

T71/444 323-324
[Mortgage] 00/00/00001832  

James Culley as holder of a mortgage over one-half of Plantation Bel Air obtained a writ of execution against Thomas Lighton owner of one moiety of the estate [and enslaved people].

London Gazette 18970 28/08/1832 p. 1964.