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Greg album of photographs of Jamaica and Dominica, 1880s-1897

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y307H

Scope and Contents

An album containing prints with handwritten captions, breaking down into geographical locations:

1-18, 21, 34: general views in Jamaica, in good condition, mainly measuring approximately 215 x 135 mm, commercial work. The first prints show scenes at the Jamaica Exhibition of 1891 and the other photographs may have been purchased at this time: they were certainly taken, however, in the 1880s, since several are duplicates of material in Y307A, an album compiled in that decade. Photographer unknown (although possibly Duperly and Sons).

19-20, 22-33, 33-75: views in Dominica, mainly of the Hillsborough Estate, in varying condition, the majority amateur snapshots probably taken by John Tylston Greg and measuring approximately 100 x 75 mm. All the photographs are dated between 1896 and 1897, the great majority being taken in May 1896.

From the intermingling of the two distinct sections of the album it appears likely that J.T. Greg took over a partially used album of a relative. The Jamaica prints are captioned in a different hand to the Dominica material.


  • Creation: 1880 - 1897


Conditions Governing Access

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Biographical / Historical

The Greg family in Dominica

John Greg (1716-1795) went to the West Indies in 1765 and became the first Government Commissioner for the sale of land. He owned two estates in Dominica, the Hertford and the Hillsborough (the latter originally named the Layou from its situation on the bank of the Layou River). The Hertford Estate was later sold. The estate remained in the family and in 1894 Robert Philips Greg sold all his estate interests to his nephew John Tylston Greg, who decided to supervise these concerns personally and remained in Dominica until 1928, when he sold Hillsborough and returned to England.


1 album(s) (75 prints in 1 album)

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

the album is very fragile, the covers having come apart, and the photographs range from fair to poor, with some fading and yellowing.

Existence and Location of Copies

This collection is available on microfiche: South America/Caribbean, fiche number 6-7.

Related Materials

The album forms part of the Greg Collection of documents relating to the family's estates in Dominica which are held at RCMS 266.


A detailed family history, together with further sources and some analysis of the Greg papers, can be found in: Simpson, D (ed.) (1964), 'The Greg Estate Documents', The Royal Commonwealth Society, Library Notes, New Series no. 90, pp.1-3.


This description was entered by MJC.


Greg, John Tylston, fl 1894-1897

Includes index.
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