Scottish Jamaicans

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Scottish Jamaicans are Jamaicans of Scottish descent. Scottish Jamaicans include those of European and mixed African and Asian ancestry with Scottish ancestors and date back to the earliest period of post-Spanish, European colonisation.

An early influx of Scots came in 1656, when 1200 prisoners of war were deported by Oliver Cromwell.[1] There was also a later migration at the turn of the 18th century, after the failed Darien colony in Panama.[1] In 1707, when the Act of Union took place, Scots gained access to England's preexisting colonies.

People of Scottish Jamaican descentEdit

  • Akala, British rapper and poet (younger brother of Ms Dynamite)
  • Harry Belafonte
  • William Davidson, radical[2]
  • Paul Douglas (Grammy Award-winning drummer and bandleader of Toots and The Maytals)
  • Ms. Dynamite, British singer and rapper
  • Stewart Faulkner, British retired athlete of Jamaican and Cuban parentage
  • Salena Godden Poet and Author, Jamaican Irish parentage, Scottish ancestor Lieutenant General James Robinson, (1762-1845) who is buried at Edinburgh University.
  • Goldie, British disc jockey of Scottish and Jamaican parentage
  • Harry J, record producer
  • Lewis Hutchinson, Scottish immigrant to Jamaica; owned a castle; one of the world's first known serial killers
  • Colin Powell, American general, of Scottish Jamaican parentage[3][4]
  • Mary Seacole, father was a Scottish soldier
  • Gil Scott-Heron, late American soul and jazz poet
  • Robert Wedderburn[5]
  • Gilbert St. Elmo Heron (aka "Gillie Heron -- The Black Arrow". Jamaican of Scottish/African Ancestry. First Jamaican professional footballer in Scottish Celtic Football Club (Scotland); and Detroit Wolverine Football Club (USA). Father of Gil Scott-Heron, late American soul and jazz poet. "Gillie" Heron is the descendant of Jamaican-born Captain Alexander Woodburn Heron (1815-1901) of Wigton, Williamsfield (and 30 other plantations in Manchester, Jamaica), and the Barbican Estate in St. Andrew, Jamaica, and Scottish-born British Army Major Alexander Heron (1761-1825) of Scotland and Wigton, Manchester, Jamaica.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Scottish Genealogy Society - Scottish Jamaica Testaments". 7 March 2003. Archived from the original on 29 January 2010. Retrieved 4 September 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  2. ^ "William Davidson". 21 February 1999. Archived from the original on 21 February 1999. Retrieved 4 September 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  3. ^ Branigan, Tania (2004-05-12). "Colin Powell claims Scottish coat of arms". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2010-05-23.
  4. ^ "Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - May 17, 2004". Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  5. ^ Chase, Malcolm (2008). "Wedderburn, Robert (1762–1835/6?)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. Cite journal requires |journal= (help). Retrieved on 17 August 2008.

Further readingEdit

  • Besson, Jean Martha Brae's two histories: European expansion and Caribbean culture-building in Jamaica (The Scottish and Creole planters around Martha Brae - Google books version)
  • Karras, Alan L. Sojourners in the Sun: Scottish Migrants in Jamaica and the Chesapeake, 1740-1800 (Google books version)

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