24 letters of John Clark, John Cunningham and Colin MacLarty, all in Jamaica, to friends and relatives at Greenock. Edit




  • 1772-1801. (Creation)


  • 51 Leaves (Whole)

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  • Custodial History

    was Acc.7285

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Bought, Sotheby`s sale, 27 October 1978, lot 156.

  • Arrangement

    The manuscript is arranged alphabetically by the surnames of the creator of the letters. Where more than one letter is held under each creator they are arranged alphabetically by the name of the recipient.

  • Scope and Contents

    Letter, 1772, of John Clark to Peggy Clark concerning the death of his uncle and the dangers of excessive drinking (folio 1).

    Letters, 1776-1801, of John Cunningham to Peggy Clark concerning his voyage to Jamaica, sale of a share in a plantation, the sale of enslaved people, the Second Maroon War, his health and his desire to return to Scotland (folios 3-21).

    Letters, 1787- 1796, of Colin MacLarty to his father Captain Alexander MacLarty, his brother Dr Alexander MacLarty, his mother Mrs Alexander MacLarty, his sister Peggy MacLarty and his friend John Rankin concerning Colin MacLarty’s attempts to establish himself in Jamaica’s medical community, his ownership of Chestervale estate, his ownership of enslaved people, plantation overseers and his social circle in Jamaica (folios 23-50).

  • Related Materials

    MS.50277 folios 79-80.