I traveled back in time over the weekend. I definitely see the question marks over your heads, readers; but, yes, I, Kerry-Ann Morris, went back in time over the weekend. Specifically, I traveled back in time to Kingston between the 18th and 20th centuries, and went strolling around the historic Parade area, sauntered down King Street […]
Let’s fantasize a bit: If the Government of Jamaica ever decided to add another parish or two to the roster, how do you think they’d go about selecting their names? My guess is, before they even begin contemplating names, they’ll turn to history to see how it was done in the past before deciding on the best way forward.
Read today’s post to find out how our parishes got their names.
Jamaica has 14 parishes. These parishes became fixed in 1867, “as part of the reformation scheme” (Cundall 1915, pg. 43) after the Morant Bay rebellion, by a law passed for the reduction of the number of parishes. Previously, there were 22 parishes!