It comprised 367 acres and fetched £2,670. 00. It may have corresponded to the present day Beauchamp estate, inland from Troumassé. However, in this case the name does not appear to be a family name.
Did you know the 1771 plan of the Soufriere Quarter shows two Benitiers (Holy Water Stoups)? The one at the foot of Petit Piton (northern side) is called Petit Benitier; the one at the foot of Pointe Mamin is called Grand Benitier. Both Benitiers are really rocks. There is no doubt their shape made those who named them think of the Holy Water stoups which were accustomed to be seen in church.
Source: St. Lucia: The Romance of its Place Names by Rev. Fr. Charles Jesse – 1966
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