Patrick Duncan senior

???? - 1791


  1. Patrick Duncan, a "quadroon" aged about 5, reputed son of Patrick Duncan, was baptised in St John on 30/09/1772. At the same time were baptised Sarah Gray, a "mulatto" aged about 23, and her sister Mary Gray, aged about 12, reputed daughters of Thomas Gray.

  2. By Act of the Jamaican Assembly 16/12/1783, Patrick Duncan, Edmund Duncan and Sarah Duncan, reputed children of Patrick Duncan, planter, by Sarah Gray, a "free mulatto" woman, were to have the same rights and privileges as if English-born, and by a related Act Patrick Duncan was granted exemption from legislation limiting the benefits which could be granted by will to non-whites.

  3. Patrick Duncan was buried in St Ann, Jamaica, 22/10/1791.

  4. On 26/1/1810 William Duncan, a "free quadroon", reputed son of Patrick Duncan, planter, of St Ann, deceased, by Sarah Gray, a free mulatto woman, was granted the same rights as privileges as if English-born. Presumably he had been born after 1783.

  5. The estate of Patrick Duncan was owner of 30 enslaved people and 217 stock in St Ann, Jamaica, in 1792. Shown as deceased previous owner of Blackheath in St Ann 1794-1801.


  1., Jamaican parish registers, St John, Baptisms, Marriages, Burials 1751-1825 p. 8.

  2. Acts of Jamaican Assembly 1760-1810, compilation of extracts at, referring to CO139/38 (564) and CO139/39 (589).

  3., Jamaican parish registers, St Ann, Baptisms, Marriages, Burials 1768-1839 p. 47.

  4. Acts of Jamaican Assembly 1760-1810, compilation of extracts at referencing CO/139/1,139.

  5. 'A List of slaves and stock in the parish of St Ann taken the 28th March 1792 pursuant to order of the Honourable House of Assembly... transcribed from papers presented to the British Museum by Charles E. Long ref. Add. 12435' transcribed at

We are grateful to Paul Hitchings for his assistance with compiling this entry.

Associated Estates (1)

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
1792 [EA] - 1801 [LA] → Previous owner

Relationships (4)

Father → Natural Son
Father-in-law → Daughter-in-law
Grandfather → Grand-daughter
Grandfather → Grandson