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  1. Has anything further come to light about Taylor’s role in attempting to frustrate the legacy of Duncan Cuming (died Kingston Jamaica 1774) to his mixed race son, William Cuming, born Kingston April 1766, and discussed by Daniel Alan Livesay, University of Michigan 2010? William was supposed to have been sent to Inverness for education in the care of his uncle, William Cuming, a glazier, who had been Convener of the Incorporated Trades, and a figure of consequence in the burgh. Taylor took legal action to block this on the grounds that the amount left was in breach of Jamaican law.

    • Dear Jim. Thanks for your comment. I don’t know anything about this case, which sounds fascinating. Have you contacted Dan, who is now at Drury University (http://goo.gl/9RkE5r)? He might be best placed to help. I can’t find anything in my notes but those dates are also covered by the Taylor letters transcribed and annotated by Betty Wood, available here: http://goo.gl/0NCEQa. However, I don’t think Cuming is mentioned there either. If you’re interested in the Jamaican laws that limited bequests by whites to free people of colour, see Gad Heuman’s book, Between Black and White. All the best. Christer

  2. You may be interested in the connection on my web site about Sedgebrook Village here in UK. There is a section called Letters from Jamaica – these which were written by the Doctor on the Golden Grove Plantation to Chaloner Arkedeckne. Benjamin Turney was born in the village in 1755.

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