Adam Steel

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Owner of Harmony Hall in St Thomas-in-the-Vale, Jamaica. Deceased by 1829.

Benjamin McMahon worked for Adam Steel in the early 1820s when Steel was owner of "an extensive jobbing gang" and overseer of Byndloss estate. McMahon accused Steel of "plunder on a very extensive scale" at Byndloss, "... and in this way he built his bouse on Harmony Hall... there was no villainy that he was not capable of acting. Females at the age of ten and eleven fell victims to his brutal lust, and if ever he heard of any of the negro men at all interfering with any of the women he had once cast his eye upon, the cruel butchery that followed was sufficient to strike terror into their hearts." McMahon describes in detail an excruciating punishment of "a young brown slave girl, named Sarah, about 14 or 15 years of age..."


Benjamin McMahon, A Description of Jamaica Planters, viz Attorneys, Overseers and Book-keepers, With Several Interesting Anecdotes (1839) pp. 49-56.

We are grateful to Cheryl Hazell for her assistance with compiling this entry.

Associated Estates (2)

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
1815 [EA] - 1826 [LA] → Owner
1829 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Previous owner

Relationships (1)

Extra-marital relationships