William Beckford of Somerley
William Beckford of Somerley (died 1799) was a Jamaican slave-owner and writer. Illegitimate son of Richard Beckford, he was part of the influential Beckford family and inherited four sugar plantations, which he personally supervised:
In 1790 he published A Descriptive Account of the Island of Jamaica, a two volume description of contemporary life in Jamaica from a planter's point of view.
- Stephen, Leslie, ed. (1885). "Beckford, William (d.1799)". Dictionary of National Biography 4. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
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