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Dublin Castle in Jamaica

PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 4:59 pm
by FelixHyl
Does anyone know anything about the Dublin Castle Plantation outside Kingston, Jamaica ? Near Gordon Town. I'm told that it was a coffee plantation which make sense cause its in or near the Blue Hill Mountains but that's all I've got. I'm trying to find a connection between this plantation and a Sara Watt or Emily Clarke or Alice Clarke or Edith Wyles b. in the 1870's. I don't have any exact dates but I'm guessing Alice and Emily Clarke would have been in and around Gordon town around the mid 1800's. Sara Watt was their mother and Edith Wyles was the daughter of Emily Clarke.

Thanks for any and all leads.

Re: Dublin Castle in Jamaica

PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 2:54 am
by caquart
Hi, I'm assuming that you have seen the following from the Jamaica Handbook 1891on (worth the small subscription fee)


Dublin Castle, estate of Aitkin (John McLean)

2. It would seem there was also a Dublin Castle in the parish of St. Ann (I believe Gordon Town is St. Andrew)

In the 1841 Almanac

Pourtland, George, Dublin Castle, 30 acres/450 ft


Re: Dublin Castle in Jamaica

PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2012 9:18 pm
by busha
Hi, My name is Peter clarke. I live at Dublin Castle, Gordon Town, St. Andrew.
My father was Kenneth Clarke and my paternal Grandmother was Alice Clarke. Keneth was born March 28, 1896 and I was born Jan 01, 1962.
My Grandmother passed in the late 1950s before I was born. I think my Greatmother's name was Charlotte Watt.

Dublin Castle was a coffee plantation. My house, built by Ken and extended/ renovated by me, is situated on the site where the original Great House was located. The barbecues (flat areas) for drying coffee still exist and some of these have been incorporated into the front and backyards. There are also remnants of the original water conduits (mini aqueducts) for channeling water from the river to the old coffee works. The area where the house is situated is still called 'Works Level' by the older generation.

There are also remnants of large gear wheels from the original coffee pulpery.

The entire property was acquired by Kenneth from the McDonald sisters, Florence and Agnes in the 1960s; I have been told that they are my relatives but I don't know the connection.

Re: Dublin Castle in Jamaica

PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2012 9:28 pm
by busha
I always thought my Great Grandmother's name was Charlotte... never heard of Sara!
If i could figure how to post pictures I could post a photo (Digital photo of a paper picture) of Alice and Ken. Also pictures of the house, river (stream really except during storms or hurricanes), scenery etc.

Alice got married to a British soldier (Clarke) and had one son, Ken. Her husband was sent off to war (Boer I think), before Ken was born so he never knew his father. She was married prior to one Mr. Hollingsworth and she had 2 or 3 sons for Hollingsworth.

Re: Dublin Castle in Jamaica

PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 12:12 am
by busha
Here is an old Gear Wheel from the coffee pulpery (One of two gears located on the property)

Re: Dublin Castle in Jamaica

PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 12:17 am
by busha
This beautiful tree, known as the Flame of the Forest is quite abundant at Dublin Castle, Gordon Town. The tree flowers all year round and this photo was taken by Peter Clarke in January 2012.

Re: Dublin Castle in Jamaica

PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2016 2:35 pm
by mjg347
I am looking for the mother of Jane Eliza Sawyers (born about 1857 or 1859, father John Sawyers) and Alice Emily Taylor (born about 1860, father John J. Taylor). They were all living in Dublin Castle in the same house in 1879, when John J. Taylor registered Jane Eliza's firstborn, calling himself the baby's uncle.

I see there's a Jane and an Emily mentioned here, but perhaps they were very common names!

I'm stuck because I can't find a registration of the births of either of the two half-sisters. I've figured out the approximate birth dates from their death certificates, and found their father's names from their marriage certificates.

Any help would be appreciated.