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SAINT ANNS BAY, Jamaica postal history
1896 cover to Horgen, Switzerland with QV d, pair QV 1d (SG.16a,27) pmk'd DE 7 96, reverse fine sender's cachet.
£40


MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica postal history
1795 outer wrapper docketted "Macln Gillies Esq, Jamaica 15 Sept 1795" (Major MacLaurin Gillies, Commissary-General for St. James OC 23 1795) to Gilbert Innis, Edinburgh rated 3/- changed 4/9 with lower flap displaying MONTEGO/BAY 2-line and IAMAICA, NO 6 95 Bishop mark arrival. Posted during the period of the Maroon Wars July 1795 to March 1796.
£195

SPANISH TOWN, Jamaica postal history
(P1 in black) dated MY 30 1835 (the Foster ERD) on wrapper docketted as from St. Mary (MY 27) to London rated 2/2.
£85

Return by RMSP "Clyde" (5th home, arriving Falmouth May 8th), Jamaica postal history
KINGSTON, JAMAICA MR 25 1842 dbl-arc on upper flap overstruck partial MY 10 arrival on entire to Liverpool rated 1/-.
£36


JAMAICA postal and social history
1824 entire headed "New Pera Estate, Saint Thomas in the East, Jamaica" from John Wallace to his brother Andrew Wallace in Auchterless, Aberdeenshire pmk'd KINGSTON AU 2 1824 (K2) and rated 2/-. Contents mention the return on Mr. Barclay to his native country after an absence of upwards of twenty years, and "some disturbances among the Negroes which we must expect owing to the fanatical Biggots in England".
£48


BULL BAY, Jamaica postal history
1897 QV d Post Card from L.O. Chitty, Inspector of Schools to The Teacher of Harbour Head School, Kingston with printed text re forthcoming inspection pmk'd Kingston Street Letter Box F/NO 2 97 marked blue crayon "Unclaimed" and "Bull Bay" with partly fine BULL-BAY NO 9 97 cds and eventual RETURNED/LETTER/BRANCH/25 DE 97/KINGSTON alongside address panel.
£75


JAMAICA postal history
1877 1d Floriate (Henderson printing) POST CARD to James Bourke, Gibraltar, Clarke's Town pmk'd KINGSTON B/MY 24 1877 with CLARKS TOWN C/JA 25 77 arrival.
£125

"A76"(O) used SPANISH TOWN, Jamaica postal history
1891 cover to Olean, New York with QV d, pair 1d Keyplate pmk'd "A76"(O), reverse SPANISH-TOWN B/MR 5 91 despatch cds.
£30



Arrival of James Grant Forbes, Planter, JAMAICA postal history (and ST. LUCIA historical interest)
1786 entire headed "Jamaica 12th November 1786" from newly arrived James Grant Forbes to his father Lieut. General James Grant in London rated 1/- with "IAMAICA" and JANUARY/M/22 experimental Bishop mark on lower flap.
Major General James Grant was born at Ballindoch, Banffshire in 1720. By 1757 he was a major fighting in the French & Indian Wars and captured at Fort Duquesne. Fought at the Siege of Havana, made Governor of East Florida. Served in the American War of Independence, was General William Howe's primary planning officer, led a division at the Battle of Long Island. In 1778 he led an expeditionary force to capture the French island of St. Lucia with its surrender at the Battle of La Vigie. Died 1806
£200

CAYMAN ISLANDS postal history
JAMAICA ASHENHEIM FAMILY: 1953 cover to the c/o Milholland, Ashenheim (see footnote under Jamaica Red Cross Labels in SG) & Stone, Kingston, Jamaica with mixed reign franking KG6 1d and QE2 1d Coronation pmk'd GEORGETOWN JU 15 53 d/ring.
£14

JAMAICA postal history
1859 mourning cover front to Thomas Perrier, London with GB QV 6d pmk'd "A01" (SG.Z5) with KINGSTON-JAMAICA A/SP 10 59 and LONDON PAID OC 3 59 cds alongside.
£120


Return by RMSP "Tay" (28th home, arriving Falmouth MR 19), JAMAICA postal history
OCANA - SANTA MARTA - KINGSTON - LONDON: 1843 wrapper docketted from Marcelino de Pinillos, Ocana (Colombia) JA 2 with manuscript forwarding at coastal town Santa Marta on JA 20 with Q.B.S.M. (que besa su mano - who kisses your hand) with KINGSTON FE 16 1843 dbl-arc transit addressed Federico Huth, London (MR 21) rated 1/-, address panel soiled which would display opened in inverted position.
£185

Immigration to Australia, Cholera outbreak, JAMAICA postal and social history
1852 entire from Robert Bogle to D.J. Lanman, New York marked "pr. American steamer Sierra Nevada" with red KINGSTON JAMAICA PAID dated JY 24 1852/A rated red "4" with STEAMSHIP 10 Cts. Contents refer to a great many young men finding their way to Australia determined to seek their fortunes with an agent sent to New York to charter a fine vessel to come here and fit out, she is to carry 50 passengers at $200 each, plus we have had very bad accounts from Navy Bay, a number of people who went there (report) more dead than alive, Cholera has broken out among the people, our authorities act with much indifference, An American Steamer is now coming in from Navy Bay, I suppose I fear the accounts by her will be bad, the operations on the Railway are likely to be impeded if cholera breaks out.
£95

PLANTAIN GARDEN RIVER, Jamaica postal history
1861 entire headed "Duckenfield" to Barclays & McDowall, Kingston rated "4" with PLANTAIN-GARDEN-RIVER (P5) dated MR 29 1861 displaying top flap with KINGSTON MR 30 1861 arrival on address panel.
Jamaica own stamps placed on sale NO 23 1860, no "A62" covers recorded by me until JU 3 1864 with this being the only PGR entire recorded between the two dates
£75

Return by RMSP "Solway" (6th home, arriving Falmouth MY 26), JAMAICA postal history
1842 entire showing large part SPANISH-TOWN (P2b) dated AP 15 1842 to Alexander Murchison, Elgin rated 1/- with MY 28 and MY 29 transits and boxed ELGIN/MY 30/1842 arrival.
£36


JAMAICA postal history
1952 advertising cover from The Rapid Vulcanizing Co. Ltd, Kingston to GRAND CAYMAN with KG6 d, 2d pmk'd Kingston 25 SEP 1952.
£15

Band, 1st Royal Irish Rifles cover to BURMA, Jamaica postal history
1911 cover with d, 2 x 1d Arms pmk'd L/OC 9 11 to Maymyo, Burma, opened 2 sides, no transit or arrival backstamps, a most unusual destination.
£35



MARTHA/BRAE and IAMAICA, Jamaica postal history
1792 lengthy entire from David Hood headed "Trelawny, Jamaica 7th Feb 1792" to James Stothart in Dumfries rated 1/- changed 1/7 showing weak MARTHA/BRAE (overstruck MAR 26 arrival) and IAMAICA (42 x 6mm).
Contents include "Mr. Meredith, Postmaster & clerk of the vestry, died lately at Martha Brae"
£120

Return by RMSP "Clyde" (35th home, arriving Falmouth JY 1), JAMAICA postal history
1843 entire headed "Ballards Valley 30th May 1843" to James Irving, London rated 1/- showing KINGSTON JU 1 1843 despatch and London JY 2 1843 arrival.
Mail landed Falmouth JY 1 1843 by R.M.S. Clyde included Halifax mail from Schooner Margaret becalmed off Bermuda
£36

PORT ANTONIO, Jamaica postal history
1853 entire to Orleans, France re-directed to Charing Cross, London rated 1/2 with framed red "POSTAGE NOT PAID/TO LONDON" despatched with PORT-ANTONIO dbl-arc (P3) dated MY 6 1853. Lengthy content from John Richards describing the discovery of "copper well interspersed with silver" found on one of his properties and "strong indications of Black Lead" on another. The letter goes on to describe the boom in mining and exploration - "The Parish of Portland seems to be one vast lump of mineral worth, every day brings a new discovery"
£240
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