Dear Andrew Further to my posting of September 2, 2010 under the country title of "Jamaica", I have found six (6) vessels of the Royal Navy named "HMS JAMAICA" namely: (a) HMS Jamaica - a 14-gun sloop launched in 1710 wreaked in 1715; (b) HMS Jamaica - a 14-gun sloop launched in 1744, and foundered & wreaked in 1770 of the coast of the island of Jamaica (West Indies); (c) HMS Jamaica - a 16-gun sloop purchased and launched in 1779, and sold in 1783; (d) HMS Jamaica - formerly the French "Percente", captured in 1796 and taken in as a 26-gun 6th rate,and sold in 1814; (e) HMS Jamaica - a 52-gun 4th rate, ordered in 1825 and cancelled in 1829; e) HMS Jamaica - a Crown Colony cruiser launced in 1940 and scrapped in 1960.
Do you know which of the ships from (a)- (d) that Captain Alexander George Heron (1) would have "captained" as a Royal Naval officer?
We know he was active in Jamaica in the mid-1700s to 1760s as he produced "coloured" children by both black enslaved women and by "mulattoo" women in St. Elizabeth (Wigton Pen property) and later his Williamsfield Pen property. Family Oral Tradition has indicated that this gentleman was English, but of Scottish descent.
Which cadet branch of the Heron family does he fit into? From research in Scotland & Jamaica, we know that another family member, Dr. Andrew Heron, was in Jamaica, in the 1700s, and returned to Scotland, and later died in England. Dr. Heron also left children in Jamaica.