SOME FURTHER SLEBECH NOTES1 SOME years before the last war, the Baron de Rutzen and I were rummaging in an attic at Slebech Park, when we came across a small framed silhouette of a man attired in what we considered to be the dress of the early nineteenth century. Nothing was known of his identity, but after cleaning it we were able to read on the back this faded inscription- Sir Alan Cameron, Lieut. Genl. K.C.B., & K.T.S. of the Erracht branch of the House of Lochiel, who with the aid and assistance of his father in law Nathaniel Phillips of Slebech Park Esquire raised the 79th or Cameronian Highlanders & afterwards commanded them in the Peninsula.' This determined me to investigate the history of Nathaniel Phillips and Sir Alan Cameron, and in course of my researches I came across several matters of national as well as local interest. Much of what is printed below is based on notes I made at that time from the muniments in Slebech, afterwards deposited in The National Library by the Baron de Rutzen. 2 I. Phillips and Cameron Nothing is known of the ancestry of Nathaniel Phillips, except that his father's Christian name was also Nathaniel, and there is no evidence to suggest that he was in any way connected with the numerous West Wales families bearing the surname Phillips. The coat of arms used by him-quarterly, gules and argent, in the first quarter an eagle displayed or-proved that he himself claimed no kinship with a Welsh family. Neither do we know his place of birth. Born on 10 June 1730, he grew up to become a planter in Jamaica where he engaged in the sugar trade and its by-products, owning Phillipsfield, Suffolk Park, Boxford Lodge, Pleasant Hill, and other valuable properties worked mainly by coloured slaves. By industry and application he amassed a fortune and his worldly successes may be traced in the Slebech muniments. On 18 June 1761, Nathaniel Phillips married at Jamaica, Anne, daughter of Richard and Anne Swarton. The union was of short duration, for Anne died on 6 October 1766 and was buried in the chancel of the church at Kingston. The only surviving child of the marriage, Anne, born 2 November 1765, was, for many years heir apparent to her father's vast fortune. In the late 1770s Nathaniel spent some time in England, and took a house in Gloucester Place, Portman Square, London. He returned frequently to Jamaica to attend to business. In 1785 he fought a duel and killed his man, in a dispute concerning the conviction of one of
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