Thomas James Bernard

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Thomas James Bernard, planter and attorney.

  1. Thomas J Bernard buried 3 children at Bona Vista b 1823, 1824, 1827; wife given as Theodora Foulkes for 2 children buried at Spanish Town Cathedral b 1828 and 1832.

  2. Thomas James Bernard's daughter [Susan] Agnes Bernard (1836-1920) became Lady McDonald through her marriage in 1867 to the Canadian politician Sir John A. McDonald and subsequently a peer in her own right after his death.

  3. Thomas James Burnard [sic] had some business dealings concerning Lambs River estate in Westmoreland but the reasons behind this are unclear. Lambs River was registered by Richard Barrett as receiver in 1826 and 1829 with 103 enslaved people each year. By 1832 the enslaved people (and presumably the land) had been purchased out of the Court of Chancery by Thomas James Burnard and Theodora his wife and then conveyed in 6 tranches to various new owners: William Wiggan Ball (30 enslaved); William Wiggan Ball in right of his wife Ann (14 enslaved); John Wiggan in right of his wife Sarah (11 enslaved); William Caldwell and Rebecca his wife as guardians to Catherine Wiggan (10 enslaved); William Caldwell and Rebecca his wife as trustees and guardians to the heirs of Mary Wiggan deceased (19 enslaved); William Caldwell and Rebecca his wife as owners in right of his wife (11 enslaved).


  1. B. W. Higman, Plantation Jamaica 1750-1850: capital and control in a colonial economy (Mona, Jamaica, University of West Indies Press, 2005) p. 80.

  2. Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online, 1911-1920 Vol. XIV, P.B. Waite 'Bernard, Susan Agnes (MacDonald, Baroness Macdonald)' [accessed 01/05/2011].

  3. See estate entry for Lambs River.

Further Information

Planter and attorney

Associated Claims (5)

£414 12S 4D
£363 12S 4D
£589 2S 8D
£126 17S 4D
£231 1S 5D

Relationships (6)

Father-in-law → Son-in-law
Brother-in-law → Sister-in-law
Uncle → Niece
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Thomas James Bernard married Mary Anne Broome's aunt...
Son-in-law → Father-in-law
Son-in-law → Mother-in-law
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Their wives were sisters, both being the daughters of William Hewitt Esquire...