St. Mary- Monuments
Aqualta Vale Great House
Aqualta Vale was first owned by Thomas Hibbert, (1710- 1780) from Manchester, England. After this it became the property of John Pringle, a Scottish doctor who was the District Medical Officer for St. Mary.
The last great house, which was built by Sir John Pringle in 1907, was destroyed by fire. In the House was a stairway on which a ghostly lady was said to appear occasionally.
Monument to Tacky
A monument to the slave Tacky stands in the Claude Stuart Park at Port Maria.
Monument to Sir Charles Price
A monument to Sir Charles Price, a wealthy eighteenth century planter and speaker of the House of Assembly, stands in the Victoria Gardens in Port Maria. The monument was moved to its present site in 1933 from “The Decoy”, Sir Charles Price’s estate higher up in the hills of St. Mary.
Annotto Bay Baptist Church
Located on the main street in Annotto Bay, this is one of the most interesting structures in the town. Originally built in 1823, the structure suffered damage in the slave uprisings of 1831 to 1832 and in 1880 a storm took further toll on the building. In 1894 it was rebuilt.
In 1962 extensive repairs were carried out on this building and it was declared an historic monument.
Gray’s Inn Charity and Fort Haldane
Under the will of John William Gray, a Port Maria merchant who died in 1894, the Gray’s Charity Home for senior citizens, was set up in 1897. The home is located on the site of Fort Haldane of which only some ruins and cannon remain. The fort was named after General George Haldane, the island’s governor in 1759.
SOME FAMOUS PERSONS
Associated with the parish are some notable Jamaican families – the Pringles, the Silveras, the Goffes, the Gregors, the Lindos, the Magnuses…among others.
Dr. Harry Gerraise Harry
Dr. Harry was a legend in his time. His fame went beyond Port Maria Hospital’s operating room of which he was in charge.
Dr. Sydney Martin
Dr. Martin was in charge of Annotto Bay Hospital and was one of Jamaica’s first international athletes.
Mr. Touzalin was Custos of St. Mary and one of the leaders of the island’s Building Society movement.
Rev. Henry Ward
Hailing from Islington, Rev. Ward was a powerful preacher and educationalist.
A. A. Barclay
Barclay was the father of the Building Society movement in Jamaica. He came from the small town of Gayle.
Lily May Burke
Lily May Burke was a leading suffragette in her day. She made an impact on Jamaican politics at a time when women had little or no say in the public affairs of the country. Burke was from Central St. Mary.