File MEA 6/26 - Plan of Donnington Castle Estate, surveyed by Frazer and Rainey

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MEA 6/26


Plan of Donnington Castle Estate, surveyed by Frazer and Rainey


  • 1788 (Creation)

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(? 1780-? 1851)

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John Dalling (c 1731-1798) and Dalling family. Plantation situated in the parish of St Mary's, Jamaica. Purchased by John Dalling (c 1731-1798) when he was governor of Jamaica. Retained by the Dalling family until the 1850s. In 1817 the plantation had about 258 slaves and profits from it probably contributed to refurbishment of the Dalling family home, Earsham Hall, near Bungay.

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(? 1731-1798)

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Born at Earsham Street, Bungay, Suffolk, and lived at Earsham Hall, near Bungay. Died at Clifton, near Bristol 1798. Army officer and colonial governor. Governor of Jamaica who purchased the Donnington Castle Estate plantation.

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Commissioned plan showing extent of the Donnington Castle Estate and crops grown on the plantation. The plan is decorative and includes illustrations of scenes from the estate and a key to the type and amount of crops grown there. The illustrations show the plantation including buildings, river and waterfalls, palm trees, plants and birds. The document illustrates one man, possibly the surveyor or a man fishing, in the top right hand corner, but it does not show any slaves.

The scale of the plan is 20 chains to an inch but the illustrations are not drawn to scale. There are two compasses showing the direction of North on the map. The map is drawn in black and white apart from rivers, marked in blue, and roads in brown.

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For a watercolour view of the Donnington Castle plantation see MEA 6/29.

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Descriptions for this item include suggested additional information and personal observations by Robyn Mather, Alice Platt, William Alderton, Adèle Barnett-Ward, George Mills and Stephanie Parker as members of a Revisiting Archive Collections Project focus group held on 11 April 2008. For copies of the personal observations please contact the Norfolk Record Office.

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Created 31/07/2002 by Droip. Modified 23/10/2017 by Droip.


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