January 26 (January 16, o.s.)

Jamaica: Governor William O’Brien, 2nd Earl of Inchiquin, dies. The son of an Irish nobleman who played a prominent role in the English Civil War, the Earl was nonetheless something of a mediocrity and spent much of his life failing at various positions in the colonial administration. His brief period as governor of Jamaica, starting in May 1690, was no different, and he spent much of it squabbling with the Council over various matters. Despite the death of the governor, the Council decides that all current officers should keep their offices and that it, under President John White, will take over governing the colony until a new governor is appointed.

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Published in: on January 26, 2008 at 12:00 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. […] Reeve, Lord Inchiquin’s secretary, writes to Lord Sydney to report the Earl’s death on January 16. He gives a much more positive account of the governor’s actions during his tenure in Jamaica […]


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