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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
1820 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Owner
1823 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner
1823 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Attorney

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£5,645 4S 2D


William Dottin of St Andrew acquired land from the Yeamans family between 1674 and 1687. In 1704, William Dottin’s will specified the bequeathing of his plantation to his son, William. The latter in turn left it to his son Abel in 1717. Having acquired more land, Abel Dottin of Oxford, England, bequeathed in his will of 1760 2 plantations to his sons: Grenade Hall or Farley Hill was acquired by Samuel Rous Dottin; Scotland or Greenland to Abel Rous Dottin. Greenland (or Greenlands) remained in Dottin’s hands until 1823 by when it had been acquired by John Rycroft Best.


Barbados Department of Archives. Hughes-Queree Index of Plantations.

Estate Information (6)

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[Name] Dottins  

Return of John Rycroft Best, Attorney, the property of Abel Rous Dottin. The previous return showed 127 enslaved. Changes since then were: births: 3; purchased of James Inniss: 60; deaths: 7; sold to John R. Best: 183. I.e. originally 127 + births and purchases = 190; sales to Best: 190. Named as 'Dottins' in the Register. See also the separate returns for Dottins, 1817-1823 which shows, in 1823, the transfer in ownership of enslaved people on Dottins to Best (who had been Attorney to A. R. Dottin, owner of Dottins).

T71/530 389-98
[Number of enslaved people] 248(Tot)  
[Name] [No name given]  

Return of John Rycroft Best, his own property. No previous return. Purchased of Abel Rous Dottin: 183; purchased of T. Best: 67; births: 10; deaths: 12.

T71/530 376-85
[Number of enslaved people] 243(Tot)  

Return of John Rycroft Best, his own property. Previously 248 enslaved.

T71/537 168-69
[Number of enslaved people] 235(Tot)  

Return of John Rycroft Best, his own property.

T71/543 310-11
[Number of enslaved people] 245(Tot)  

Return of John Rycroft Best, his own property.

T71/550 312-13
[Name] Greenland and Overhill  
[Size] 644  

Listed in St Andrew, property of Greenland Industries Co.

Barbados 1913 list from the Hughes-Quere indexes transcribed at