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Colonial Cases

R. v. Kingston and others [1821]

slave court - witchcraft - native religions - stealing - flogging

Slave Court

17 December 1821

Source: Glasgow Herald (Glasgow, Scotland) 28 January 1822, issue 1993, from the the British Library's 19th Century Newspapers site

Extracts from a late St. Jago (Jamaica) Gazette.

A Special Slave Court was held at the Court-House at Buff Bay, in St. George's, on Saturday the 17th ult., when the following trials took place:-

Kingston, a negro man, belonging to Cedar Valley plantation, in the said parish, charged with pretending to possess supernatural power and practising Obeah. - Acquitted.

John, a negro man, belonging to G.H. Gillespie, charged with pretending to possess supernatural power, and being found in the possession of materials notoriously used in the practice of Obeah, found guilty of having pretended to supernatural power, and sentenced to one month's hard labour in the Workhouse, to receive thirty-nine lashes on going in, and the like number on being discharged.

At the aforesaid Court, a negro man named John, belonging to David Davies, and two negro men, named Dennis Carr, and Robert Wray, belonging to Balcarres plantation, were indicted for stealing a hog, the property of Robert Murray, a free man of colour, compromised by leave of the Court.

The same day, a negro man named Liverpool, was examined before two Magistrates, charged with preaching; the same not being proved, he was discharged.

Published by Centre for Comparative Law, History and Governance at Macquarie Law School