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Harriet Balfour (1818-58): Nickerie’s Premiere
 
by Lilian Neede

Lately, for many reasons, people of the African diaspora have taken an interest in finding out about their roots. In the Americas and Europe this automatically brings up the history of slavery and plantations. Even the descendents of Europeans of those times now want to learn more about the plantations and the people formerly enslaved by their ancestors.

The country of Suriname was a Dutch colony and for a short period of time under British rule. Its most western district, Nickerie, bordered on the colony of Berbice. Because it was much easier to cross the river to Berbice than travel to the capital Paramaribo, which was harder to reach because of many creeks and rivers, swamps and dense jungle, there was frequent trade and interaction between the people of Nickerie and Berbice.

A description of Nickerie is found …(link to somewhere on this page) Add map there

Whoever searches the internet to learn about the history of the Waterloo plantation in Nickerie, Suriname, is bound at some time to stumble upon Herriet or Premiere, the mulatto housekeeper of the famous - or should it be infamous? - owner of the plantation, Dr. James Balfour from Dalgety, Scotland. A mulatto (in Surinamese malata) is a child of a white and a black parent, and Harriet would have had a pure black parent, for at that time, they had names for every shade and grade of blackness: mulat, mestice or carboeger, castice, and more.1

It was August Kappler, a young colonial soldier of German nationality, who, in his book “Six Years in Suriname,” first made the world aware of Harriet’s existence and of her relationship to Balfour. Thanks to him, we know of her origin – for he mentions quite casually that a mulatto woman whom Balfour had fathered with one of his slaves, was a slave herself and did his housekeeping.2 Serving in Suriname, he had visited Balfour quite often on the Waterloo plantation and thus knew about Harriet.

From 1826, after the slave trade was prohibited, it was mandatory for slavers to register the people in their possession in slave registers in order to prevent illegal trade.3 In James Balfour’s slave register of 1830, Harriet was listed as “Herriet or Premiere” without any further information . Her manumission records of 1841 show that she belonged to the Waterloo plantation.4

The law did not recognize Harriet as Balfour’s daughter; in Suriname, she was only a slave, not a person, mother unknown, no place of birth, and no last name… until Balfour died. Then Harriet rose in importance. Now, thanks to the Black Lives Matter movement, mention is made of her in Scotland’s history, and her name has been included in the New Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women, published by Edinburgh University Press in 2018.

The story of Harriet begins a few years after the Anglo-Dutch Treaty of 1814, when the Guianas began to be recognized individually as British, Dutch and French Guiana. Before then, Essequibo, Demerara, Berbice, and Suriname were all Dutch (at times under French or British rule).5 Many Dutch names remain in Guyana to this day (e.g. the famous Stabroek market and the tongue-twisters Uitvlugt and Vergenoegen), just as many British names are still found in especially the Western districts of Suriname. (Totness, Friendship, Hampton Court, Longmay, Waterloo)

Years went by before I found out that Balfour was practicing medicine in the British colony of Berbice at the time Harriet was conceived 6, but, when I did, I quickly found her in the slave registers of Berbice. Fortunately, they gave more descriptive details of the slaves there, than the registers in Nickerie:

 “Premiere, ½ year old, mother: Diena.” The registration was done on plantation Woordtsburg, named after the first owner, Jan van der Woordt, a Dutch man, and then owned by his son-in-law A.H. Bonn. Date of the registration:  1st of February, 1819.  Because they were so precise to mention ages of even 1/3 year, Premiere must have been born sometime in July or August of 1818. (Foto registerbladen, of link)

Premiere’s mother was registered as a 21 year old enslaved woman from Africa, whom the slaver had named Diena. Diena was a black field worker who stood only 4 foot 11 inches tall. On her right arm the initials IVDW (for Jan van der Woordt) had been branded, to let everyone know – in case she would try to run away and be found – whose property she was.

On the Berbice and Canje Rivers most of the plantations bore Dutch names, such as De Dankbaarheid, Santvoort, and De Dageraad, Gelderland, Goedland, Woordtsburg, etc. Among them, next to the Woordtsburg plantation, two were situated with Scottish names: Glasgow and Edenburg. (Kaart van Woordtsburg) These grounds had been allotted in 1792 to the Scotsmen William MacFarlane and M. Munro, respectively.7 In later years, the name Munro is often found in documents in Suriname, in connection with business matters of the Balfour and Kirke families, such as the formal request for Harriet’s manumission. (Newspaper clipping)

Perhaps James Balfour lived on or near the Edenburg plantation. One can only guess about the way he got to be with the woman Diena and impregnated her. The result was that a mulatto girl was born.

The name Premiere, or Premier for a man, was often given in those times. To me it indicates a ‘first’ or ‘most important’ somehow. Diena already had four children.8 Why then was this new baby named Premiere? Had her master given her that name? Could it be because she was clearly a mulatto, the child of a white man? That fact alone would already set her apart to have a more privileged life than the black slaves like her mother.9

It is not clear at what time Premiere was taken to Suriname and how James Balfour acquired her. He must have bought her from the Woordtsburg plantation at a certain point in time, or she may have been gifted to him.

Sources state that James Balfour acquired land in the bordering Surinamese district of Nickerie in 1821, but the Surinamese Almanac of 1819 already rendered him as the owner of the Waterloo plantation. He must have renamed his daughter Herriet; slaves had only one name, but in several documents in Suriname she was registered as ‘Herriet of Premiere’ (of being the Dutch word for or), indicating that in Suriname, she was known by both names. In Berbice it had been only Premiere. She must have gotten the name Herriet (spelled with an e) in Suriname, possibly at her christening.10

Balfour was a wealthy man, one who later owned over 700 slaves; it would have been very easy for him to find a krioromama (lit. creole’s mummy or slave children’s nanny) to take care of the little mulatto girl he brought from Berbice, if Premiere went with him when he moved to Nickerie.11  

No record has been found (as yet) of Balfour entering Nickerie with his slaves. There are some records of him buying slaves from other plantations and moving them to Nickerie.12

Premiere’s life was not as hard physically as that of the field workers, since house slaves were in a privileged position when it came to work. She was probably trained from when she was a young teen-aged girl to be a housekeeper, to take good care of the master and to serve the guests who came to visit.13  I suspect that she would have been close to her father, since he was old and single and had nobody else to be somewhat attached to. Also, it was common practice among the slavers to get close to a slave woman, so one would stay informed of what was going on among one’s slaves.14

While it wasn’t until July 1863 that the enslaved in Suriname would be emancipated, in 1834 slavery in Berbice and all of the present Guyana was abolished. By that time Balfour had owned the plantations in Nickerie for over ten years and it is said that he brought slaves from abroad to Nickerie. It is not clear when, from where, and over what period of time he did so. However, Premiere must have known when her people in Berbice were freed. Slaves talked among one another. There were some, even Balfour’s slaves, who fled the plantations trying to make it to British Guiana where they would be free.15 Since Premiere had to serve Balfour’s guests refreshments, she must have caught something about it when he and visiting colleagues discussed the emancipation in Berbice. As Balfour’s house slave, she must have been bilingual; she understood English and Sranantongo or Surinamese (the language the enslaved used to communicate among themselves and with their masters, although in Nickerie of those days it might have been more of a pidgin English). She heard that the Guyanese slaves were free and she was still enslaved. Even if she loved her father dearly, she must have resented him for keeping her in bondage. When when would he free her? What if he would die suddenly? She would remain a slave, a nobody, forever.

Premiere grew up and became an attractive young woman. James Balfour never married and had no legitimate children. Therefore, his next of kin were going to inherit all he had. His brother Thomas had been banned from the colony a few years before (1824) for killing a female slave, and his sister Helen, who had married a Carnock weaver named Robert Kirk, had passed away in 1826. Two of the Kirk sons, Robert junior and David Balfour Kirk, had come to Suriname to work for their uncle and learned from him how to manage a plantation. The young men showed promise, especially Robert, whose managerial talents greatly impressed his uncle. When James Balfour knew that his life was nearing its end, he discussed his business affairs with his nephews, and appointed Robert as his successor16, and one of the four executors of his will. (The other three were James Gordon, Thomas Gray and Boyd MacDonald (who died soon after Balfour.)17 On 20 June 1841, as death approached, Balfour signed his last will and testament. Herriet most certainly was part of ‘the business’. Balfour formally requested the government’s permission to free the daughter who had literally served him as a slave. He more than owed it to her.

James Balfour died on 13 July 1841. Herriet’s cousins were there to support her in her new role as the daughter in mourning, and they organized everything together, exactly as Balfour would have it. His funeral consisted of a feast presided over by his corpse in a coffin, to which all significant people in the district were invited.18 (Alston Scottish Slave-owners in Suriname.) Seeing her father lying there, having the highest place among all the dignified guests, would have made her strangely aware that, though dead, he was still the master. It was a sad occasion and she would certainly miss the old man, but the prospect of freedom felt very good, especially with the knowledge that she would be a woman of her own means.  According to Kappler, Balfour had left her a large legacy.19

Herriet or Premiere was manumitted on the 4th of August 1841, some three weeks after James Balfour had passed. She was now twenty-three years old. Her manumission slip read (translated from Dutch):

They named Herriet after Jan van Schoonenbeek, the land surveyor who mapped out the Woordtsburg plantation where she was born. Her name as a free woman would be Schoonebeek, Herriet, or as the slave register reads Henriette Schoonebeek.* (Foto registerblad)

Without documentation one cannot say what all happened in those last few months of 1841, with Robert Kirk II and David Balfour Kirk likely to be in the house to help Miss Schoonebeek take care of business. There may have been rules of etiquette to follow, now that she was a free woman. It is not known whether arrangements were made for her to be chaperoned by an older woman – perhaps even a slave woman - or whether Balfour’s nephews stayed at another address. After all, it was in the Victorian era22, and even though Suriname was far from Scotland, Queen Victoria’s influence had spread all over the world. Besides, Balfour was a Scot, and so were many of the planters in Nickerie. At any rate, there must have been frequent contact between Herriet and the young men. A romantic soul would hope that young David fell head-over-heels in love with his beautiful cousin, who was one year his senior, and that he asked her to marry him. But it is also possible, that Herriet’s fate was sealed by her father before he passed. Their marriage may have been arranged by Balfour, to ensure that his daughter would be taken care of and that his wealth would not be spilled outside of the clan. However, regardless of the background to the marriage, it does appear that Harriet and David were happy together.

By the end of that year, as requested by Balfour’s nephews and the lady herself, Herriet Schoonebeek’s name was legally changed to Harriet Balfour. (Foto?) Now that she bore the name, she would be more readily accepted as Balfour’s child, and as such she would be a more suitable marriage partner for David B. Kirk. On the 11th of January, 1842, Harriet and David officially registered their intent to get married. Customarily, the wedding would follow two weeks to a month thereafter. The couple must have married around the end of January 1842, and being in mourning at the time, the event would have been of intimate formality.

In April it was announced in the newspapers – as was the custom – that they intended to leave the colony. They must have decided that they could be self-sufficient: David would be relatively well off, and Harriet had her substantial legacy. David's brother Robert had received the lion's share of Balfour's estate, and he was well placed to run the plantations on his own. So David and Harriet (already pregnant) decided to leave Suriname for Scotland without delay. On arrival in Scotland from Suriname, they stayed initially in Cairneyhill in the Parish of Carnock, where David had been brought up and where he still had many relations. It is likely that they stayed with his father, the elder Robert Kirk.

The changes in Harriet’s life must have made an awesome adventure.

It happened quite often in Suriname that a planter would take one of his female slaves, and start a family with her. Sometimes the slave would be living in his house, as his ‘housekeeper’ and concubine. Sometimes he would set up this woman in a home of her own if he already had a lawfully wedded wife. And once in a while he would have both a wife and a concubine living in the same house or at least on the same grounds. Harriet, however, had been a slave first – albeit in a special position - and in a short time turned into an official daughter and heiress, by which she became a slave owner herself, and then she also married a well-to-do planter with slaves. She had already been keeping house for her father, so being her husband’s housekeeper would be easy, except that by moving to Scotland she had to get used to living in a white society with a different culture, in a cold climate, and learn how to cook and eat different produce. Even though her mulatto skin may have been fair (mulattos can be brown), her curly hair and other African traits must have been noticed by the people in town. Maybe news had already gotten around in Fife that one of the Kirk sons had married a Surinamese woman. Would Harriet have been accepted in society around that time? Did people look down on her, or was she a friendly curiosity? And what about the Kirk family? Did she fit in?

Harriet and David had their first child on 17 November, 1842, when Harriet was being confronted with the cold Scottish climate. Her first Christmas in Scotland was warmed by the joy of having her own family, for on Christmas Day the baby girl whom they named Helen after David’s deceased mother, was baptised by the Reverend John More, Minister of the United Secession Church in Cairneyhill. (PHOTO of baptism registration)

Sometime after Helen’s birth they settled into their new home in Culross on the Firth of Forth - Gowerville House, a substantial dwelling with nine rooms, and just a few miles from Carnock and Cairneyhill.23  Since the house was situated on the road to Dunfermline, through Cairneyhill, it was relatively easy to take the dogcart and visit David’s relatives, which was nice and convenient; but, at the same time, she and David had their own lovely house to retreat to and enjoy their new little family in peace.

Their second daughter, Harriet, was born on 3 November of 1844. Mum Harriet was adjusting well to her changed life. She and David were happy. Never before had her life been so fulfilled.

Sadly, at that time people were still ignorant of the fact that hygiene and health go hand in hand. Cholera, tuberculosis and typhus were spreading fast in the Scottish cities. David and Harriet’s happiness was short-lived. An infectious or contagious disease, quite likely to be cholera, snuck into their house and on July 24th of 1845, they lost their daughter Helen to the disease. Only two weeks later, baby Harriet died.24

A year of mourning followed for the Balfour and Kirk families, for soon after Harriet and David’s daughters, in October of that same year, his uncle David Balfour, who had worked in Suriname since James Balfour died, and later resided in Crossford near Dunfermline, passed away.25 It truly was a sorrowful time for the two families. Harriet had very mixed feelings, for David’s sister Janet and her husband Thomas Duncanson were expecting their first child. She was happy for them, but how she longed for her own. The approaching birth lifted everyone’s spirit some, but just as the child was born - a son whom they named John Janet Kirk Duncanson - they were thrust back into sorrow, for Janet died the day after her baby’s birth.26 (John Janet Kirk Duncanson would become a distinguished surgeon and noted amateur botanist. He is buried in Cairneyhill Churchyard.)

With all they possessed and with the privileges Harriet and David had in Culross society because of that, she still became homesick for Nickerie. It wasn’t until June 1848, however, that they returned to Suriname. The fact that David accompanied her then, and that Harriet had moved to Scotland with David six years earlier, indicates the strength of their relationship.

In Suriname they would have found some solace in their frequent contact with David’s brother Robert and his sister Margaret, and they enjoyed their company for about a year. Then Robert and Margaret Kirk returned to Scotland.27

A few months after, when Harriet and David’s son James (known as Jimmy) was born, Harriet’s heart was full of hope that life would be better to her now. A son … a Kirk son. One who might be part African, as she was, but looked white. In Suriname’s society of those days skin color determined social status. The lighter one’s skin color, the higher up on the ladder one could get.28 Her son would be able to move among the members of the upper class unimpeded by his African heritage. His father would train him to be a good manager of the plantation, and James would grow up and have his own land some day.

But again fate struck. David contracted yellow fever, and at the end of January in 1850 Harriet’s beloved husband died. And to add to her sorrow, not even one member of his Scottish family could be present to lay his body to rest. Harriet felt so alone. Though she was a wealthy widow now, all she had left was little James. She resolved to do her best to raise him in a way that would have made his father David proud.

Robert (the second) was getting married in Scotland in March. With David gone, the young couple would come to live in Nickerie, which gave Harriet a bit of consolation. She warmly welcomed Robert and his young wife Janet Johnstone on the plantation. While in Nickerie, in 1851, Robert and Janet’s first child Catherine Johnstone Kirk was born. Harriet became a loving aunt to the baby girl.

News came from Scotland that her father-in-law, the old Robert Kirk had passed on the 3rd of November, 1851. Only two months after his grandfather, little Jimmy died.29  He was only three years old. Now Harriet had no one left of her own family. It seemed like misfortune was following them, but people in those times knew that death was a part of life. In Harriet’s life the resilience of the (formerly) enslaved is clearly seen. Life on the plantation had trained her to endure hardship, to pick herself up and to keep going. After all the tragedy in her life, she somehow found the strength and the courage to go on.

At some time after Jimmy’s death she must have returned to Scotland.

Though I have not found proof of it as yet, I suspect that she traveled with Robert and his family in the Spring of 1852: young wife Janet Johnstone or Kirke, baby Catherine ‘Kate’ Johnstone Kirke, and the baby’s nurse, a twenty-three year old black woman named Petronella Vaak (who later changed her name to Hendrick), who had just been manumitted for the sole purpose of leaving the colony with them, when they went to make their home in Scotland again. If Harriet left Suriname with them, she may have attended Margaret Kirke’s Christmastime wedding, though she was still mourning her son’s death but the people in Fife probably did not know about James’s existence and passing. Margaret’s marriage ceremony may have been small and intimate, since the year of mourning for the old Robert Kirk was just over. With Margaret’s wedding the sun began to shine again for the Kirk family, for a few days after the wedding, Robert and Janet’s second child, Helen Balfour Cruickshank Kirke was born.

It is still a question where Harriet met the young man, William Carmichael Welch, who would become her second husband. In 1858, when living in Edinburgh he had described himself as "formerly sugar planter in Surinam", but we do not know when that was. At the time of their marriage, he was only twenty-one and she was thirty-five. It isn’t clear whether she had her Kirk in-laws' approval, but on the 3rd of March, 1854, she married Welch, the son of a baker, at Saint Martin in the Fields, Westminster, London. (FOTO of marriage certificate) Their addresses on their marriage certificate look temporary and we do not know their permanent addresses at the time. It may be that they had eloped.

Was Harriet still on a quest for happiness, was she longing for a child of her own, did she need a man to help her with David’s inheritance businesswise?

Nothing is known about the last years of her life. She does not seem to have had any more children. Hopefully, she had some happy years with William Welch. About 1857 she must have fallen ill and wanted to settle her business matters. Early in 1858, her husband, acting on her behalf, for such was the law at that time, had one eighth part of her fixed effects - maybe David’s inheritance - transferred(?) to Robert Kirke. (FOTO of newspaper ?) At that time, a news article reads, Harriet was living in Nickerie, and her husband in Edinburgh.

Harriet died that same year, on the 3rd of December, 1858, at Nickerie, only 40 years old. Was her husband by her side, or did she die alone?

Eight years later, the Gentleman’s Magazine announced the marriage of William Carmichael Welch, Esq. of Adrishaig, Argyllshire, at Twickenham, to another respectable and wealthy lady, Adelaide Weideman Bury, eldest daughter of the Rev. Charles Bury, of Arthington, Yorkshire.( Photo of the page?)  Was William Carmichael Welch a gold digger, or did he love Harriet, or was it perhaps a bit of both? It is likely that he inherited her estate when she died; and it is certainly true that his second wife was also a wealthy woman. It is interesting that William's elder brother Charles (who was the main witness at William and Harriet's marriage) was one of the parties in a notorious Scottish divorce case in 1883, when he attempted to deprive his wife of all her assets.*(Note or what?) We can only hope that Harriet and William did enjoy some happiness.

As to the Kirke family: someone in that family respected Harriet’s memory enough to include her and her children’s names on the family’s memorial obelisk they erected at the Cairneyhill churchyard. There is not a word on the memorial stone about Harriet having remarried. (FOTO OF MEMORIAL?)

Alas, there is no headstone to be found anywhere in Nickerie to mark Harriet’s grave site. According to Kenneth Donk of Nickerie, there had been a graveyard near the old Moravian church that Robert Kirke had commissioned to be built on the Waterloo plantation. The building was only erected a decade after Harriet had passed; before then, a mission post was .. on the grounds that Robert Kirke had … for that purpose. Harriet and David might have been buried there. The old graves, however, were in more recent times desecrated, plundered, and even cleared. The church building is gone. Only James Balfour’s violated empty tomb remains in another spot than where the graveyard was. He was buried in a brick tomb, placed between the sugar mill and the slave houses – so that the slaves would continue to pass by him each day.30 (FOTO?

The Waterloo sugar plantation was closed in the 1960s.31 A part of the grounds has been used for housing projects, another for agriculture. Harriet’s only known memorials for now are the grave stone in Cairneyhill and her life story.

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I am grateful to Iain Sommerville and John Burnett of Burntisland Heritage Trust for their assistance with this article. Also to Philip Dikland of KDV Architects, Paramaribo and Kenneth Donk, historian of Nickerie, for their comprehensive research on the history of the Waterloo, Hazard, and other Nickerie plantations. It was their work and writings that triggered my interest in the history of the plantations and led me to contact Iain Sommerville.

Lilian Pickering Neede of Suriname

Sources and links

1)   Sabi Yu Rutu - https://www.facebook.com/sabiyurutu/posts/while-the-category-of-the-mixed-blood-mulatto-appeared-as-a-separate-category-in/573958376102999/

2)  August Kappler, Sechs Jahre in Suriname (Stuttgart, 1854)

3)   Cornelis W. van Galen &Maurits S. Hassankhan - A research-note on the slave registers of Suriname, 1830-1865, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1081602X.2018.1507917

4)  Enslaved people were the property of the plantations where they lived and worked. Some, especially in the capital Paramaribo, were private slaves of their owners.

5)  David Alston: Scottish Slave-owners in Suriname, The development of Guiana, Slaves & Highlanders – spanglefish.com https://www.spanglefish.com/slavesandhighlanders/index.asp?pageid=375135

6)  David Alston: Scottish Slave-owners in Suriname, James Balfour.   https://www.spanglefish.com/slavesandhighlanders/index.asp?pageid=607712

7)   581A Kaartboek van de navolgende gronden uitgegeven in de kolonie Berbice, met acten van meting (1790-1793):  https://www.nationaalarchief.nl/onderzoeken/archief/4.VELH/invnr/%40C~C.4~C.4.3~965~581A  --- Also “Lijst van eigenaren van plantages, en houders van hypotheken op plantages in Berbice, Demerara en Essequebo, 1818-1819”  transcription by Paul Koulen, 2014

8)  Besides Premiere, four other children were registered as Diena’s: Abraham, seventeen years old, Charlotta of ten years and three quarters, Margo, aged six, and Prins, three and one third year. The first two were possibly orphans who were placed with Diena’s little family; if they were her own children, she must have been much older than twenty-one. Birth years were usually guessed. It was only in the eighteen fifties that the true birth dates of the enslaved were recorded, at least in Suriname.

9)  ON COLORISM - http://abolition.e2bn.org/slavery_69.html https://www.npr.org/sections/newsandviews/2007/10/for_lightskinned_only.html OR https://www.nccj.org/colorism-0
The tragic mulatto myth – Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia https://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/news/jimcrow/mulatto/homepage.htm

10) The enslaved usually received new first names from the minister who baptised them. They would go by both names: in church it was their ‘christian name’ and on the plantation the master would call them by their slave name. The question is, did Balfour have Premiere christened? He does not seem to have been a religious man.

11) Every plantation had a krioromama because slaves were being bred on the plantations to increase the work force, and the nanny was needed so the mothers could go to work in the fields or wherever they were assigned. Maybe there was a krioromama among the slaves Balfour imported from Berbice. VARA TV documentary, History 24,  100 Years Abolition of Slavery Suriname, 1963 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SYcYDD-2tc&t=55s

12) A newspaper ad shows a number of slaves being transported from the plantation Visschershaven to Nickerie, among them the woman named Mimie, the mother of Petronella Hendrick, another Surinamese woman who was taken to Scotland and made it into the New Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women, 2018.

13) House Slaves: https://spartacus-educational.com/USASdomestic.htm

14) Doortje Swaters, Tegen de grens van Emancipatie, De ontwikkeling van slavernij in Nickerie,1820 – 1842, Bachelorwerkstuk Geschiedenis, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, 2018 – pg https://theses.ubn.ru.nl/handle/123456789/7526 https://theses.ubn.ru.nl/bitstream/handle/123456789/7526/Swaters%2c_Doortje_J._1.pdf?sequence=1

15) National Archives The Netherlands and Suriname:  Slave Registers - https://www.nationaalarchief.nl/onderzoeken/zoekhulpen/suriname-slavenregisters

16) Iain Sommerville, Burntisland: a Social History,  Published by Burntisland Heritage Trust, 2009

17) Newspaper archives, delpher.nl

18) Vis note 5

19) Vis 2

20) At manumission everyone received a surname. The manumitted were not allowed to take on an existing name, however. So, in Suriname, the names of the slavers were often used with a slight change, such as an omission of one letter, a change of one letter, rearrangement of the syllables or even a back to front spelling of the whole name. In Suriname, we have the names Alfour, Dalfour, and Belfor, all hinting to Balfour.

21) Newspaper archives, delpher.nl

22) Victorian Days (website), Death and Mourning http://www.angelpig.net/victorian/mourning.html  

23)  (Iain, please change) We have located Gowerville House, which.we believe still stands, but with a different name. It was built before 1842 and we think it is in the street now called Low Causeway, Culross.

24) Kirke family memorial gravestone at Cairneyhill, Fife

25) David Balfour’s will

26) Duncanson family gravestone at Cairneyhill, Fife / Family search.org

27) Newspaper archives, delpher.nl

28) Colorism, vis 9

29) Kirke family memorial gravestone at Cairneyhill, Fife

30) The Gentleman's Magazine, Volume 219, pg 235

31) http://www.kennethdonk.com/de-slag-op-de-plantage-waterloo-dl-3/

 

 

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