This listing was compiled initially from Foster’s Postal History and additional notes from him passed to Derek Sutcliffe.

The notes state that from:

· 1782 to 1881 information was taken from the Almanacs of Jamaica

· From 1881 onwards the Handbook of Jamaica (which replaced the Jamaica Almanac)

· From 1904 onwards the full names of these officers were found from various editions of Who’s Who in Jamaica and information from letters from the Institute of Jamaica.

Further information has been extracted, by Steve Jarvis, from editions of the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper.

Prior to 1860 the Post Masters for Jamaica were appointed by the Post Master General in London, and their appointments would not appear in the Government lists, when made.

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Link Type Date Title Description
1671 Gabriel Martin Appointed by the Legislative Council of Jamaica on 31 October 1671 but does not appear to have held the post for very long.
1687 Nov James Wales Appointed in November 1687 by the Earl of Rochester (Postmaster General) but did not hold the position any length of time.
1691 to 1700 Thomas Neale Appointed by a Crown Patent of 17th February 1691 to the position of Postmaster of all the offices in the Americas.
1700 to 1701 Andrew Hamilton / Robert West A joint administration which was assigned to these two gentlemen by Thomas Neale.
1702 to 1711? Thomas Wood Appointed by Edmund Dummer in accordance with the terms of his contract with the Post Office. Probably held office until 1711.
1721 Robert Baldwyn / John Cleaves / Gilbert Kennedy These three gentlemen were taken into custody at this time and charged with exacting money for letters and were probably acting as Postmasters with some authority.
1725 or 1726 Thomas Bartlet He was accused of extorting money for letters under the power of a deputation from the Post Office in England.
1735 to 1737 Alexander McFarlane Appointed by means of a warrant from Alexander Spotwood. Deputy Postmaster General in the Americas.
1744 James Angus / Peter Baldwin / Robert Baldwin These three men were charged with extortion and had been acting as Postmasters.
1747 Lawrence Brodbelt According to information from the Journals of Assembly.
1749 John Macculloch Appointed by Elliot Benger. Deputy Postmaster General in the Americas. under a warrant of 23 August 1749. Died shortly afterwards.
1749 to 1751 Mrs. Anna MaCulloch Appointed to the office on the death of her husband by means of a warrant from the Governor.
1751 to 1754 William Graham Held the position by virtue of a `farm' from Mrs. Anna Macculloch.
1754 to 1781 Edward Dismore Appointed by the Postmaster General in April 1754 and in constant conflict with the local authorities.
1758 to 1759 Robert Lock A local appointment of 19th October 1758 in place of Edward Dismore. The action was declared illegal on 15th December 1759.
1782 Thomas Gray
1783 to 1793 Francis Dashwood A scandalous appointment! initially made on payment of £300 annually to a friend of Lord Carteret, the Postmaster General in London. Francis Dashwood's salary was £150 per annum!
1793 George Brooks All these appointments are taken from the Almanacs of Jamaica for those years.
1794 George Atkinson
1795 George Bogle
1796 to 1799 Glocester Wilson
1800 to 1806 John Smith
1807 to 1809 Benjamin Barbauld
Link 1810 to 1817 John Milbourne Marsh
1822 David Watt Acting appointments from the Almanacs of those wars
1823 John Wilson
Link 1824 Feb 4 to 1832 Oct 17 William Jekyll Anstey Blue Book for 1834 states: Anstey as DPMG but absent from Colony for whole year.
1833 to 1844 TF says: No information available for these years, however …
Link 1833 John Morce Blue Book for 1833 states DPMG = John Morce with a footnote saying that Mr Morce, Acting DPMG died without having made any return of the Office – no dates of Office.
1833 Nov 25 to 1834 Jan 29 Samuel M’Quoid Appointment cancelled. Born about 1796, Died 1867
Link 1834 Feb 8 to 1834 Lord Sussex Lennox Brother of Duke of Richmond – GB Postmaster General; Blue Book for 1834 states: absent from Colony from Nov 1834; born 1802, died 1874.
1834 Oct 20 to 1850 Jul 2 John Wilson Appointed by Rt. Hon. The Marquis of Cunningham on 20 Oct 1834 at a salary of £400 per annum, increased to £1500 in 1844; Arrived in the island 16 Jan 1835 [Blue Book 1835]
Link 1850 Sep 21 to 1860 Jul 31 Maurice O'Connor Morris Dismissed on 31st July 1860 when Jamaica Govt took over the PO
Link 1860 to 1867/68 Alexander James Brymer The first official Colonial appointment to the office; Still in post 8 Jul 1867
1868 Mar 1 to 1870 Apr 20 W. Kemble Date of First Appointment under Colonial Govt 1838; Appt. PM 1 Mar 1868 Sal: £600. Resigned on pension of £180 pa 20 Apr 1870 [Blue Book 1870]
Link 1891 Oct 31 Fred. Sullivan Chief Clerk PO 1 Mar 1861 to 30 Apr 1870. Acting PMJ Aug? 1869
Link 1891 Dec 8 to 1903 Oct 13 George Henry Pearce Absent from 1903 Sep 4
Link 1903 Oct 13 to 1905 Jan 15 Alfred Henry Miles
Link 1905 Jan 16 to 1915 Mar 20 John Barkly Lucie-Smith Absent from 10 Sep 1914.
TH MacBayne Chief Clerk to act as Postmaster for Jamaica (leave of absence for Lucie-Smith (Gazette 19 Jul 1906). Also for 6 weeks from 18 May 1907 (Gazette 30 May 1907). Also Ellis Wolfe stand-in from 5 May 1910 to 27 Nov
Link 1915 Mar 20 to 1925 July 1 Ellis Wolfe Acting PMJ 10 Sep 1914. Absent from 1 Apr 1925.
Link 1925 Jul 7 to 1937 Jul 1 Reginald Honan Fletcher Acting PMJ 1 Apr 1925. Absent from 23 May 1933 & 1 Apr 1937. Also wartime postal censor
Mr. H. C. Savage Mr. H. C. Savage, Assistant Postmaster, has been appointed to act as Postmaster for Jamaica as from the 23rd May, 1933, during leave of absence granted to Mr. R. H. Fletcher, or until further orders (Gazette 11 May 1933)
Link 1938 Oct 11 to 1945 May 12 William Alexander Campbell Acting PMJ 11 Jul 1938; Confirmed as Postmaster in Gazette 29 Jun 1939. Absent from1944 Dec 12
Link 1945 May 13 to 1949 Mar 17 Esric Lionel Morris Acting PMJ 13 Dec 1944. Absent from 17 May 1948.
Link 1949 Mar 18 to 1953 Oct George Fitzgerald White Acting PMJ 29 Jul 1946 & 17 May 1948. Also wartime postal censor. Absent from1953 Apr 30
Link 1954 Feb 22 to 1955 by 12 Dec Allison Alfred Vernon Nash Acting PMJ 1 May 1953. Absent from 24 Sep 1955.
F. O. Rousseau Acting 24 Sep 1955 to 10 Dec 1955. Deputy PMG to Green, later PMG
Link 1955 Dec 12 to 1959 Nov 24 Joseph Green Absent from1959 Oct 20
1960 Jan to 1964 Jun F. O. Rousseau Acting PMJ 20 Oct 1959. Still in post 2 June 1964 (according to PO Notice)
CS Irving 18 May 1964; Postmaster General [Gazette 4 Jun 1964]; Mr. C. S. Irving, Assistant Postmaster General, has been appointed to act as Postmaster General, with effect from the 18 of May, 1964, and until further orders, vice Mr. F. O. Rousseau and during the absence from the Island of Mr. H. A. Fairweather.
Link 1965 Feb 15 1968 Apr Harrington A. Fairweather Acting PMJ June 1964. Appointed PMG 15 Feb, but immediately on 3 months leave prior to special duties in the Ministry of Communications and Works. On 17 Oct 1966 still PMG but not clear when relinquished PMG post
Link 1968 Apr 5 to 173 Jan 30 Winston G Brown Acting PMJ 15 Feb 1965. Absent from 1972 Nov 6
LG Jackson Seems to have been acting PMG on 18 Nov 1966 (Gleaner)
Link By 1974 Jan to 1978 May Rupert I. Knight Acting PMJ 1 Feb 1973. Absent from 1977 Oct
Link 1978 by Dec 9 to 1979 May? K. L. DePass
Link 1979 by Nov 13 to 1984 Sep 29 Hicks Williams Acting PMG by 14 May 1979 & still acting 19 Aug 1979. PMG by 13 Nov 1979
Link 1984 Oct 4 to 1999/2000 Sam E. Stewart Was still Postmaster General 17 Dec 1999
Link 2000 Sep to 2005 Sep Dr. Blossom O'Meally-Nelson
Link 2005 Oct Michael Gentles Absent from 2006 Aug 1