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Brutus Practising obeah Guilty Imprisonment None View details
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Apr 1788
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Martha Brae Slave Court
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Minutes of Examination of a Negro Slave named Lucky the property of Mr James Cotton at Rio Bueno before Colonel William Robertson the Honourable Alexander Fullerton and Captain John Gordon this 31st day of December 1791. CO 137/90 Williamson to Dundas 12/02/1792

'Saith that he has been runaway about seven months and has associated himself with about eighteen other Negroes men slaves and three women of different countries and owners among whom are three the property of John Blagrove Esquire of Orange Valley, two belonging to Georgia Estate in Trelawny one woman belonging to Mr William Nash one ditto to the estate of George Brown deceased and one to Wm Rock of Runaway Bay, one of the men who acts as a Captain named Quashee belongs to Mr Dawkins of Clarendon and the head Captain of the whole is Brutus the property of Richard Smart Fisher who has broke out of Trelawny workhouse where it is understood he was to remain for life. The above negroes have formed for themselves a Town and have planted provisions of different kinds and canes, and holds correspondence and are supplied with rum sugar salt and other necessaries by the negroes of Brampton Brian Estate and Tobolski Pens, and that Cooper Henry belonging to Brampton Bryan [sic] Estate is the particular friend of Captain Brutus and particularly supplies him with a gang of hunting dogs to the number of twelve. The reason Lucky gives of leaving the above party of runaway slaves is because he was understood by the head man of the party that as martial law had now taken place the white people would be called out to town to fight the French and Spaniards, it would be then a good opportunity which they meant to embrace of falling upon the remaining white people killing them burning and destr...

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West India Intelligence. From the Jamaica Royal Gazette, 21 January 1792 Diary or Woodfall's Register 28/03/1792

'Wednesday last came on at the Court-House, Martha Brae, before John Stogdon and James Lyon, Esqrs, the trial of a negro man named Brutus, formerly the property of Richard Smart Fisher, Esq. In April 1788 he was tried for, and found guilty of, practising Obeah, &c, and condemned to hard labour in the workhouse for life. Shortly after his sentence was put into execution, he found means to escape, since which, till the time of his being taken, he has been at the head of a band of runaway Negroes, who had settled on the Black Grounds, in this parish, with no good intention, and might have become formidable, had they not been crushed by the active and spirited exertions of the Militia of this parish, who apprehended him, and five others, from which it is supposed the rest will disperse. Brutus was tried agreeably to the slave act, passed in 1788, for having made his escape from the place of confinement after his condemnation: he was found guilty, and sentence passed that he should be executed at the Point, and his head was cut off, and placed on a pole, at Cross Path, Duncan's, as a warning to deter others from offending in like manner, which was put in execution the same day. The others remain in jail for trial.'

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