Rev. Walter Carew

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Original purchaser with J. Brown of Sandy Bay division (St Patrick parish) Lots nos. 25, 26 and 27 (100, 120 and 100 acres respectively) on 19/03/1767. By 1773 the three Lots were in the name of Walter Carew alone. The three came to form the Friendship estate, held in 1832 by 'Heirs of Robley', and out of cultivation by 1862, although the Present Possessor was shown as the Hon. J. H. Keens.

  1. The Rev. Walter Carew was said to have been the first clergyman to arrive on Tobago, in 1781. The claim appears to have originated in Henry Iles Woodcock History of Tobago. It does not sit with the land purchases, but he might have bought land from residence in Grenada before establishing a presence in Tobago.

  2. In Walcot Burial Ground Bath is a slab: 'Sacred to the memory of Jane Carew, widow of the late Rev. Walter Carew of the Island of Grenada who departed this life Jany 9th 1815 aged 67 years. Also Margaret Bisshop Carew daughter of the above who died 28/04/1833 aged 64.' In the will of Jane Carew widow of Island of Grenada West Indies proved 05/04/1815, she left just over £400 to her son John Edward Lincoln Carew at present in the West Indies, and the remainder of her estate to her daughter Margaret. The will of Margaret Bishop Carew of Walcot Bath Somerset proved 11/10/1833 shows that in the social network(s) in which she was embedded were a number of slave-owners: her bequests included legacies to Mary Bell Rigaud, the daughter of Stephen Peter Rigaud (q.v.); Amy Jordan, the daughter of Rev. Gibbes Walker Jordan (q.v.); Mrs Maxwell Adams (q.v. under Ann St John Maxwell Adams); and Philip Caddell (q.v.).

  3. Rev. Walter Carew of Grenada was an executor of the will of Sir Ashton Warner Byam, made 11/11/1790 at St George Grenada (but then lost); Carew was dead by 1798.


'Tables showing the Lots in each Parish, numbered as originally granted - the original Grantee - the name of the Lot, or lots, if one has been acquired, and the present Possessor where there is one' and 'A Table, showing the Estates in cultivation in 1832, and their Owners, in 1832, copied from the list appended to Byres' map of that date, with those in cultivation in 1862', Henry Iles Woodcock, A History of Tobago (Ayr: Smith and Grant, 1867; new impression London: Frank Cass and Company Limited, 1971); John Fowler, A summary account of the present flourishing state of the respectable colony of Tobago in the British West Indies illustrated with a map of the island and a plan of its settlement, agreeably to the sales by his Majesty’s Commissioners (London: A Grant, 1774) pp. 60-61.

  1. 'The first clergyman of the established church that I find in Tobago was the Rev. Walter Carew, who appears to have commenced his labours in 1781' Henry Iles Woodcock, A History of Tobago (Ayr: Smith and Grant, 1867; new impression London: Frank Cass and Company Limited, 1971), p. 182.

  2. Caribbeana Vol. I p. 265 [a note says 'A Rev. Walter Carew went out to Jamaica 19/10/1780, and he was probably the above (Fothergill's Emigrant ministers 19.)']; PROB 11/1567/55; PROB 11/1822/161.

  3. An Indenture entered 20/06/1799 dealing with the consequences of the loss of Sir Ashton Warner Byam's will is transcribed at Jim Smith's A Genelaogy Hunt, [accessed 10/12/2013].

Further Information

John Edward Lincoln; Margaret Bishop

Associated Estates (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
19/03/1767 [SD] - 1773 [LA] → Joint owner