Thomas Horlock Jamaica

Biography of Thomas Horlock

The Horlock family was of Scottish descent, originally from Dumfries and Galloway. Thomas was born in 1817, the second son of a Jamaican plantation owner, Thomas William or Williams Horlock and his wife Ann. They were the owners of Green Park Estate, where the family built a fine Great House, and the Russell Hall Estate. Thomas Jr. studied Medicine at Glasgow University, first matriculating in 1831. In 1833 he enrolled in the classes of Anatomy and Surgery. The following session, 1834-35 he was a student of Chemistry and Material Medica. His father died in 1835, possibly causing a break in Thomas’s studies at Glasgow.

In 1837 he graduated M.D. Thomas returned to Jamaica and set up in practice. His name is recorded in the Registry of the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Jamaica and the 1851 Jamaica Almanac lists him in practice in St. Mary. His widowed mother, Ann, profited from two substantial claims for compensation in 1836 in respect of 215 enslaved people emancipated three years earlier on the Russell Hall Estate, and 30 more at Green Park, a claim amounting close to £5,000.


Thomas Horlock
Born 1817.
GU Degree: MD, 1837;
University Link: Alumnus, Graduate
Record last updated: 12th Apr 2021

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