Did you know there were several Beauséjours in St. Lucia?
The name appeared to be descriptive of a locality rather than a family name. “Lovely Dwelling Place” must have been an appropriate name for many a spot on the island. Historian, Henry Hegart Breen recorded a Beauséjour estate of 333 acres as disposed by judicial sale in 1835, 1838 and 1843. Another Beauséjour property of 273 acres was disposed of similarly in 1840.
Did you know Bois d’Orange mean Orange Wood and Breen stated that the estate called Bois d’Orange, of 410 acres was disposed of by judicial sale in 1839? It was apparently the property bearing that name between Choc and Gros Islet.
Source: St. Lucia: The Romance of its Place Names by Rev. Fr. Charles Jesse – 1966
This feature runs every Tuesday and Thursday. It is compiled by daughter of the soil Anselma Aimable, a former agricultural officer and former correspondent for Caribbean Net News, who has a deep interest in local culture and history. Send ideas and tips to [email protected]