Grettons / Foul Bay / Fowl Bay / Oldbury

Estate Details

Associated People (1)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1817 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Owner

There is possible confusion here between the Rev. John Brathwaite and John Brathwaite. They may have been the same person.

Associated Claims (1)

£5,612 3S 9D


There appears to have been several changes of name of the estate, variously known as Grettons, Foul (or Fowl) Bay and Oldbury.

In 1763 the Hon. and Rev. Robert Brathwaite married Mehitabel Gretton, daughter of the Hon. Maj. Gen. Enoch Gretton, who gave his daughter £5,000 as her marriage portion secured on the Foul Bay plantation in St. Philip. Mehitabel Brathwaite inherited the plantation. In 1792 the Rev. Robert Brathwaite died. In 1793 Robert Gretton Brathwaite, one of the 6 children of the Rev. Robert Brathwaite and his wife Mehitabel Brathwaite claimed his share of the £5,000 marriage portion of his mother. He was paid £834.
By 1825 the owner of Grettons was John Brathwaite.
In 1830(?) a Chancery Court sale of Grettons or Foul Bay. The Hon. John Brathwaite was indebted to Barton, Irlam & Higginson, business partners for £3,238. Higginson’s heir bought the plantation of 345 acres.


Barbados Department of Archives. Hughes-Queree Index of Plantations.

Estate Information (6)

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[Number of enslaved people] 229(Tot) 130(F) 99(M)  
[Name] Fowl Bay  

Return of John Brathwaite, his own property.

T71/521 299-305
[Number of enslaved people] 229(Tot)  
[Name] Fowl Bay  

Return of John Brathwaite, his own property. Previously 232 enslaved. Fowl Bay is identified in the 1823 Slave Register (and was different from the Fowl Bay associated with Samuel Greenidge). 'Fowl' appears to have been a misspelling of Foul.

T71/530 11-12
[Number of enslaved people] 239(Tot)  
[Name] [no name given]  

Return of John Brathwaite, his own property. Previously 229 enslaved.

T71/536 206-8
[Number of enslaved people] 245(Tot)  
[Name] [no name given]  

Return of John Brathwaite, his own property.

T71/544 211-12
[Number of enslaved people] 277(Tot)  
[Name] Grettons  

Return of John Brathwaite, his own property.

T71/549 201-2
[Name] Oldbury  
[Size] 350  

Listed in St Philip, property of Ward.

Barbados 1913 list from the Hughes-Quere indexes transcribed at