Hampden was owned by Archibald Stirling in the late
18th century, and was one of the 9 remaining sugar factories on the
island until its closure in 2003. It used to process cane from its own 3500 acres and from surrounding small farmers, but this is now trucked to Long Pond. It was famous for its high ester rum, most
of which was exported to Europe, but, alas, no more!
The great house located immediately beside the factory was built byStirling in 1779 and straddles the border between St James and Trelawny. It was originally a functional stone and mortar dwelling and the ground floor was used as a rum store until the early 1900s when remodelling created spacious verandas and a graceful profile. Beside the greathouse driveway a tiny graveyard commemorates former proprietors and their families. The inscription on the tomb of John Stirling, who died in 1793 aged 25, attests to his many virtues and the affection of his brother Archibald.
In 1823,Archibald Stirling he and his friend William Stehert, also a Scotsman and who owned nearby Dundee Estate, invited the Scottish Missionary Society to carry out missionary work in the area.
|Stirling gave land on the Hampden Estate for the construction of a church and he and Stehert put up half the cost of building it. Now known as the Hampden United Church, it was previously known as Scots' Kirk and Hampden Presbyterian Church|
|Rev George Blythe was sent in 1824 to erect the church which was apparently dedicated in 1827.|
|The interior of the church has various plaques, including one that was erected by the Congregation to commemorate the total extinction of slavery on the 1st August, 1938.|| The stained-glass
window on the right of the photo was presented in memory of
George MacFarquharson, second lieutenant, Royal Garrison Artillery,
who was killed in action in France on May 3, 1917 during World War
I am not sure of the exact relationship to the Estate owners.
IN LOVING MEMORY
ISABELLA [NEE EDGAR]
WIDOW OF WILIAM J. DONALD-HILL
BORN 14TH DECEMBER 1864
AT FORRES, SCOTLAND
DIED 4TH JUNE 1956
'IN PASTURES GREEN
HE LEADETH ME
THE QUIET WATERS BY!'
|Among the graves in the churchyard are those for William and Isabella Donald-Hill who owned Windsor from 1892 until 1947, hence our special interest as present owners.|