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Jamaica marriage settlement, 1792 - 1970

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 240/23

Scope and Contents

The document, dated 5 April 1792, deals with the provision to be made for Richard Welch, Junior, and Alice Anne Preston on the occasion of their marriage. It gives particulars of the estate provided in the settlement and its enslaved persons. There is an accompanying letter from Professor Mollie Cottingham to D.H. Simpson, R.C.S. Librarian, 10 January 1970 (6 pages), giving the background to the document and the links between the Cottingham family and the Welch family. Simpson's reply, 19 January 1970, is also included (1 page).


  • Creation: 1792 - 1970


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Biographical / Historical

Richard Welch, Junior, was the son of Richard Welch, Senior, who inherited the Hyde Sugar Estate in the Parish of St Thomas, Jamaica, in 1781. Alice Anne Preston was the daughter of the Revd Nathaniel Preston.


1 folder(s) (1 folder) : paper

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

The document is very worn and damaged.

Former / Other Reference

MSS 73

Other Finding Aids

Donald H. Simpson, ed., 'The manuscript catalogue of the library of the Royal Commonwealth Society' (London, 1975), p. 144.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Professor Mollie Cottingham, University of British Columbia, 1969.


This collection level description was created by RAS using information from Donald Simpson's R.C.S. catalogue.


Welch, Richard, fl 1792; Preston, Alice Anne, fl 1792

Finding aid date

2004-01-14 16:00:02+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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