James Simpson

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James Simpson was the grantee of the first land sale on Tobago, that of Courland Bay division (St David parish) Lot no. 1 (500 acres) 20/05/1765, which became the Courland estate. He was the James Simpson who was the Chief Surveyor of the southern Caribbean at the time, and the author of the Plan of Georgetown, Barbados Bay (1765).


See e.g. TNA CO 700/TOBAGO2 for the map of Georgetown by James Simpson 1765; Christopher Ohm Clement, Landscapes and Plantations on Tobago: a Regional Perspective (Unpublished PhD thesis, University of Florida, 1995) p. 39, noted that there was controversy over the status of this transaction as the 'first' sale in Tobago.

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
- 20/05/1765 [ED] → Owner