Thomas Shannon

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  1. Thomas Shannon, an Irishman from Co.Clare, resided in Jamaica from 1822 and was editor of the The Despatch and Jamaica Gazette, established at Kingston c. 1832 1832-40. He left Jamaica in 1840 but had returned by 1842. The Despatch merged with The Kingston Chronicle in 1840. His widow ran a “high class seminary” in Kingston. Brother of Mashod Shannon (q.v.). He died at London after landing from Jamaica in 1844.

  2. Marriage "In this City [Kingston], on the 21st inst. by the Rev. Mr. Bennite, Roman Catholic Minister, Mr. Thomas Shannon, Master of the Lancasterian Academy, to Miss Catherine Hannah, youngest daughter of James Dunkerly, Esq. late of this City."


  1. Limerick Reporter, 01/12/1840 (letter by Shannon, then living at 5 Catherine Street, Limerick); The Age (Melbourne), 04/08/1866 (reproducing an article by Rev Dr King in the United Presbyterian Magazine); Kingston Gleaner, 19/10/1901 (article 'Jamaican Newspapers - The History of Our Press'); Daily Gleaner 19/10/1901; Tipperary Free Press 02/10/1844.

  2. Royal Gazette of Jamaica 27/10/1827.

We are grateful to Paul Hitchings, Peter Selley, Rosemary Dodd, and Wynyard Wilkinson for their assistance with compiling this entry.

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Maria Jane Shannon

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£39 1s 8d

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Thomas Shannon's niece Maria Jane Shannon (daughter of Shannon's brother, Willima Thaddeus Shannon) married Joseph Gordon's son George William...
Brother-in-law → Sister-in-law