1671 Ogilby 1683
The map is at a large scale (1:300,000 approx) and shows
geographical features and properties, usually with the owners name. Different
symbols are used to differentiate between the different types of property. In
comparison with later charts, the coast is reasonably accurate, but inland
features are not as accurately shown.
In which the several Towns Forts and Settlements are accurately laid down as well as y situations and depts of y most noted Harbours & Anchoring Places wi the limits and boundarys of the different Parishes and they have been regulated by the law or settled by custom; the greatest part Drawn or Corrected from actual surveys made by Mr Sheffield and others from the year 1730 to the year 1740.
Inscribed to the Gentlemen of the Island
By their humble servant
Printed for and sold by John Bowles in Cornhill and Carrington Bowles in St Paul's Church Yard, London Price 5 shillings
Neatly fitted up on cloth Eight shillings and sixpence
Scale of Miles
69 to a degree
Below lower border:
Footnote: I Bayly Sculp.
Footnote: published according to Act of Parliament 1755.
The original 2 sheets, East & West, were scanned in sections (4 east west and 3 north south) and then the 12 original images stitched together.
The 1804 survey of Jamaica by James Robertson was the
basis of later maps. It seems to have been reasonably accurate. Sugar estates
are usually shown by estate name, with symbols indicating mill type (water,
cattle or wind), other properties (generically listed as pens) are usually
shown by owners' name; around Kingston in particular, many of these are
fairly obviously residences, and I have indicated as such on the copies.
The map were published in three parts, one for each County, each "inscribed" to a different Royal Duke. Each part was copied in 6 sheets (each about 22" x 30"): these 6 sheets were scanned in 2 rows of 4 images and then stitched together.
A typical Title is transcribed below:
His Royal Highness
THE PRINCE OF WALES
This Map of
THE COUNTY of CORNWALL
ISLAND of JAMAICA
Constructed from Actual Surveys under the Authority of
THE HON HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY
By whom it hath been
Examined and universally Approved
Is, with permission
Most humbly inscribed
HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS'S
Most faithful and devoted servant
James Robertson, A.M.
Published November 1st 1804 by James Robertson, A.M., late of Jamaica
Engraved by SJ Neele, 352, Strand, London.
The three counties are inscribed to three of the Royal
The originals show each county on one sheet.
Gazetteer & Copies for Download.
The maps have been saved in suitable sections of the Island, in line with the original hard copies used. A grid has been placed on each map and a Gazetteer made. There is some overlap on the copies, so there may be multiple entries for the same property: it should be self evident where this has happened.
The Exel sheet of the gazetteer are not locked so the user can sort the lists as required. If the file is corrupted, just download another copy!
The entries have the name from the map with a description derived from the symbol on the map. Sugar plantations in 1804 have a column showing the type of mill.
The names on the 1804 maps are easily readable on the original copy file befoe joining, and where necessary, these originals have been used for the exact spelling on the Gazetteer.
The names on the 1755 maps are sometimes difficult to read but are mostly recognisable. Question marks indicate doubtful entries.
Downloads: these are big files, about 4-5 Mb and need to be opened in a picture viewer with zoom.
I suggest you right click and “save as”.
If used where the public may see them, you might like to acknowledge some hours work by me, Antony Maitland!