Graeme Hall

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
- 1764 [EY] → Owner

LBS has tentatively identified the unnamed estate left by Alexander Graeme in 1764 as Graeme Hall.

- 1828 [LA] → Previous owner
1829 [EA] - 1831 [LA] → Owner
1829 [EA] - 1829 [LA] → Executrix
1832 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Executor

Associated Claims (1)

£2,809 19S 9D


Part of the former estate is now the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary, a wildlife reserve. The website of the Sanctuary gives a summary history of the estate, including the disputes around the ownership by Jacob Belgrave, a 'free mulatto.'


Estate Information (6)

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[Number of enslaved people] 122(Tot) 62(F) 60(M)  
[Size] 243  

Inventory of Jacob Belgrave, Graeme Hall estate. Dated: 15 September 1828.
Total enslaved: Men: 33, Women: 34, Boys: 27, Girls: 28.

Value of enslaved: £6,100 0 0d. [The enslaved were valued at £50 per head. No individual valuations of enslaved were given.] Life estate: here 8 names were listed having a total value of £40.

Total estate value:

Land, buildings etc.: £12,157 3 9d
Animals: £1,415 5 0d
Total value of the estate: £21,502 8 9d
The total value includes the above items together with furniture, silver etc.

Barbados Department of Archives. Inventories.
[Number of enslaved people] 1(Tot)  

Return of Elizabeth A. Belgrave, Executrix, the property of Jacob Belgrave.

119 enslaved by purchase from Wm. Gill, Master in Chancery, the property of John C. Roach. Births since the purchase from the Master: 6; deaths: 4; sold to John William Perch: 120. Net remaining as the property of Belgrave: 1.
See also separate return by John William Perch.

T71/544 20-26
[Number of enslaved people] 120(Tot)  

Return of John William Perch, his own property.
All 120 enslaved were purchased from the Eliz. A. Belgrave, Executrix of the Estate of Jacob Belgrave.

T71/544 156-8
[Number of enslaved people] 124(Tot) 66(F) 58(M)  
[Size] 243  

Inventory of John William Perch, Graeme Hall, Christ Church. Dated: 1831.

Total value of the enslaved: £ 4,726 0 0d.
Total value of the estate £15,930 5 0d.

The inventory also included: 66 Cattle, 18 Large calves, 10 Small calves, 3 Horses, 29 Sheep.
The inventory also listed furniture, tableware etc. and 5 slaves held for the life of John C. Roach on Graeme Hall.

(NB that the Barbados Department of Archives Index lists this as Apes Hill, St Andrew; but the inventory itself refers to Graeme Hall, Christ Church.)

Barbados Department of Archives. Inventories.
[Number of enslaved people] 125(Tot)  
[Name] Grame Hall  

Return of George Hewitt, Executor, the property of John W. Perch, deceased.

T71/549 136
[Name] Graeme Hall  
[Size] 276  

Listed in Christ Church, property of Clarke.

Barbados 1913 list from the Hughes-Quere indexes transcribed at