John Lawrence Dunbar

???? - 1777


Resident slave-owner in Jamaica, dying there in 1777.

John Dunbar was listed in the Jamaican Quit Rent books for 1754 as the owner of 827 acres of land in St James and 1240 acres of land in Westmoreland, total 2067 acres. He is listed as owner of Lathy sugar estate in St James in 1774, "estates now settling that will make sugar in 1775 and 1776" with 41 enslaved people.

John Lawre. Dunbar of St James, planter. Estate probated in Jamaica in 1780. Slave-ownership at probate: 55 of whom 14 were listed as male and 31 as female. 0 were listed as boys, girls or children. Total value of estate at probate: £6284.37 Jamaican currency of which £3875 currency was the value of enslaved people. Estate valuation included £0 currency cash, £0 currency debts and £0 currency plate.

Sources, Caribbean, Select Deaths and Burials, 1790-1906 [database online].

'A List of landholders in the Island of Jamaica together with the number of acres each person possessed taken from the quit rent books in the year 1754', TNA CO 142/31 transcribed at; 'Inhabitants of the parish of St James, September 1774' from the Long papers held at the British Museum, transcribed at

Trevor Burnard, Database of Jamaican inventories, 1674-1784.

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
1777 [EA] - 1779 [LA] → Previous owner
1774 [EA] - → Owner

Inventories (1)