The Journal of Caribbean History: Volume 39, Issue 1

Article 4
Charitable Trusts in Barbados: Notes for a Research Project

Woodville Marshall


This article makes a case for the institution of a research project on the neglected topic of charitable trusts in Barbados (and in the Commonwealth Caribbean). What little information has so far been recovered clearly establishes that these trusts existed in most, if not all, parishes from the late seventeenth century, and that some of these trusts made significant contributions to the provision of social amenities while expressing and reinforcing policies of social control and racial discrimination. The prime objective of the research project would be to create the evidential base, in the fashion of W.K. Jordan and David Owen, both to permit an authoritative assessment of these trusts (their activation, administration, achievements) and to enable government to regulate them efficiently.