Friends of the Georgian Society of Jamaica

Past events

Talk: The Pennant plantations in Jamaica – North Wales in the Georgian Atlantic world

13 March 2018 , London

North Wales’s part in the story of the 18th century Caribbean is typically ignored or considered peripheral at best. In this talk, however, we will discover that not only was rural Wales integral to the Atlantic world through its natural resources of iron, copper and wool, but that its entrepreneurs were major players in driving colonial expansion. Richard Pennant, 1st Lord Penrhyn, was one such figure and the talk will focus on him and his Jamaican estates.


Lady Nugent's Supper 2017

23 November 2017 , London

Lady Nugent's Breakfast will once again be Lady Nugent's Supper. It is a sit-down affair, so pre-booking is essential.


Architecture and Empire in Jamaica

13 June 2017 , London

Louis Nelson is Professor of Architectural History and the Associate Dean in the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia. He is a specialist in the built environments of the early modern Atlantic world, with published work on the American South, the Caribbean, and Jamaica in particular.  His talk will be based on his recently published book 'Architecture and Empire in Jamaica'. Pre-booking by 5th June is essential. Click on 'more' for booking form.


Oxford Outing

20 May 2017 , Oxford

Tour of Oxford University's Bodleian Library with special display of historic documents relating to Jamaica



14 March 2017 , London

Dr John Cross will give us an insight into the 19th century appreciation and use of Jamaica’s beautiful natural resources and will refer to Turnbull’s use of apprentices in the post-slavery 1834-1838 period. Pre-booking by 6 March is essential. Click on 'more' to see booking form.


Heraldry in Jamaica, 1722 to the present

29 November 2016 , London

An illustrated lecture by historian Dr Duncan Sutherland, exploring some of the fascinating but rarely seen coats of arms used in Jamaica from the 18th century to the present day.


Lady Nugent's Supper 2016

11 October 2016 , London

This year Lady Nugent's Breakfast will be Lady Nugent's Supper. It is a sit-down affair, so pre-booking by 8 September is essential.


Jamaicans in Georgian Scotland

17 May 2016 , Atlantic House, Holborn Viaduct, London

A talk by John Cairns, Professor of Civil Law, University of Edinburgh and Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. John Cairns’ talk will discuss their lives in Scotland, as slaves or otherwise, and their impact on the early abolitionist movement, while also tangentially remarking on Scots in Jamaica.


Discovering Georgian Jamaica: a talk by Douglas Blain

19 November 2015 , English-Speaking Union, London

Douglas Blain, the FGSJ's Architectural Consultant, will talk about Jamaica's Georgian architecture and the Society's efforts to help conserve it. A good opportunity for members to bring friends to learn about the buildings we love and the work of the Friends.


A Parcel of Ribbons

20 October 2015 , London

Anne Powers will discuss her book, A Parcel of Ribbons, which describes her family’s association with Jamaica in the 18th century. Book by 12 October.



Members have made five tours of Jamaica, visiting Georgian structures across the island. Our architectural consultant, Douglas Blain, and other local experts have provided insights into the history of the buildings and areas visited.
Read an account of one such tour.

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