Potsdam, the school that became Munro

Mr Charles Plummer

- family and later career
Manley and the New Jamaica, edited Rex Nettleford, 1971

My early years: Fragment of an autobiography - written by N W Manley in 1969

pp xcvi-ii
Some member of the Clarke branch of the family was always with us at Belmont and except for a single Kingston family - the Plummers - who I discovered just a few short years ago were cousins of the late Sir Donald Sangster. It was at the home of the Plummers at the top of Church Street that Sir Alexander, still called Clarke, got married for the first time.
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We had no friends except family and the Plummers.


the headmaster    :    1865    :    afterwards    :    in education    :    family

 1865 and all that

Charles Plummer's resignation as headmaster at Potsdam occurred just before the traumatic

events of the so-called 'Morant Bay Rebellion'. His reaction to his problems with the school's

Trustees involved him seriously with the crisis of 1865.


One of Plummer's reactions to the loss of his job, at which he was very angry, was to write letters to Jamaican newspapers attacking those he felt had caused that loss.

 It was these letters which got Plummer into trouble at the time of the Morant Bay 'Rebellion, in October/November 1865. Some accounts say that the problem was a pamphlet he had written called The Freed-man, but this clearly involves confusion with an article he wrote for the English journal, The Freed-man, in September 1866, nearly a year after the 'Rebellion'. Some work still needs to be done to locate these letters in the newspapers.

This was the account and the correction given in March 1899 in the Gleaner's obituary:

I have not yet located the reports of the House of Assembly which might cover the discussion of Plummer's case.

. . . and this was The Freed-man's version in 1867: