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Trelawny Parish

Trelawny Parish

Location latitude 18°15’N,
longitude 77°46’W
Capital town Falmouth
Major towns Clarks Town, Duncans, Wakefield, Wait-a-Bit, Albert Town
County Cornwall
Area 874 square km
Rank Jamaica’s fifth largest parish
Population 74,000 in 2001
Commerce Agriculture, Manufacturing

Trelawny (Jamaican Patois: Trilaani) is a parish in Cornwall County in northwest Jamaica. Its capital is Falmouth. It is bordered by the parishes of Saint Ann in the east, Saint James in the west, and Saint Elizabeth and Manchester in the south.

HistoryIn 1770, the wealthy planters in St James and St Ann succeeded in having sections of those parishes become the parish of Trelawny as they were too far from administrative centres. Trelawny was named after William Trelawny, the then Governor of Jamaica. The first capital was Martha Brae located two miles (3 km) inland from Rock Bay. Trelawny parish  is best known for its sugar estates and sugar factories. It had more sugar estates than any other parish, so there was need for a sea coast town to export it. Falmouth became a thriving seaport and social centre. The town had two of its own newspapers; The Falmouth Post and The Falmouth Gazette. Trelawny parish was also home to the largest group of Maroons in the island. A 1739 treaty between the Maroons and the English gave the Maroons freedom and land, which effectively put a stop to their raids on the plantations. However, a second Maroon uprising in 1795, led to over 600 Maroons being exiled to Nova Scotia, Canada and later to Sierra Leone in Africa in 1800.In 2007 the opening ceremony for the ICC Cricket World Cup was held in Trelawny Parish.


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