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Bernard# Senior
(Cir 1722-1766)
Elizabeth# Gale
Lewis Burwell# Martin
Ann# Cunningham
(1735-After 1766)
James Gale# Senior
Letitia# Martin
Bernard Martin# Senior J.P.


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Elizabeth# Sclanders

Bernard Martin# Senior J.P.

  • Born: 28 Apr 1788, St Elizabeth, Jamaica
  • Christened: 7 Mar 1789, St Elizabeth, Jamaica
  • Marriage: Elizabeth# Sclanders on 29 May 1825 in St Ninians, Stirling
  • Died: 1860, St Elizabeth, Jamaica aged 72


Raised by great-aunt Letitia Laird (nee Cunningham) following parents early death.

Apparantely has 15 children in total, only know of 11. There are LOTS of Seniors in Jamaica to this day.

In 1829, on Elizabeth's baptism records, he gives abode as Brunswick Parade, Islington

In 1845, on Elizabeth's wedding certificate, he gives abode as 3,Brunsbury?? Place, Islington

Author of a book called 'Jamaica - as It Was, as It Is, and as It May Be" in 1835. Ties in. Can be bought here;

He was Military Officer at the time of the Emancipation War see;

From Anthony Bateman; Bernard sailed under Captain Bligh. He was aboard Bligh's flagship when the ex-Governor of NSW returned to England as Commodore of a small squadron. Bligh was promoted to Rear Admiral by the time he arrived home and retired a a Vice Admiral.

From can see that he owned the Salt-Spring property in Jamaica in the following years;
1818; 302 slaves, 582 stock
1821; 301 slaves, 430 stock
1825; 189 slaves, 440 stock
In 1816 this property was owned by his father.
In 1830 a Senior BM and RK owned an unnamed property with 179 slaves and 33 stock.
This MIGHT be a different Bernard Senior as a) we have no record of an RK Senior and b) the estates of father were allegedly returned to the Crown. Confusing.

This; shows that had 140 apprentices at Salt Spring in 1837.

Archer notes; Inherited Salt Spring, Jamaica (2000 acres) from William Gale and also owned Compton Lodge (200 acres), both in the Parish of St Elizabeth, Jamaica. Also lived at 47 Richmond Road, Barnsbury Park, Islington.
Was Lieutenant and Adjutant in the 102nd Foot (New South Wales Corps) from 1807-1812 in command of over 200 convicts in the Admiral Gambier during the vovage to Australia.
Was Vestryman of St Elizabeth in 1818 and assistant judge of the Jamaica Supreme Court., author of 'Jamaica' (see above). Educated at Charterhouse.

Bernard married Elizabeth# Sclanders, daughter of James# Sclanders and Ann# Stewart, on 29 May 1825 in St Ninians, Stirling. (Elizabeth# Sclanders was born on 1 Mar 1799 in St Ninians, Stirling and died on 4 May 1888 in Finsbury Park, London.)

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