Appeals to the Privy Council from the
Caribbean and Canadian Colonies
Report No. JAM_1727_01

Doe v Barrett

Barrett v Harris



Case Name Long

John Doe v Thomas Barrett

Case Name Long

Thomas Barrett, in behalf of Peter Miller v Barrow Harris


Acts of the Privy Council, Colonial Series


APC Citation  

v.3 [120] p.156–157 (13 May 1727 – 5 July 1727)

  PC Register Citation

George I v.5 (Sept. 1724 – May 1727) p.359: PC 2/89/359


  PC Register Citation

George II v.1 (14 June 1727 – 22 May 1729) p.37: PC 2/90/37



Colonial Courts


Supreme Court of Judicature – Nov. 1724 (Doe v Barrett)


Governor and Council as a Court of Appeals – 29 Jan. 1725 (Barrett v Harris)


Governor and Council as a Court of Errors – 5 Oct. 1726 (Doe v Barrett)



Barrett, Thomas, esquire, respondent/appellant, later deceased


Doe, John, of the parish of St. John’s, Jamaica, appellant (lessee in ejectment of Barrow Harris)


Harris, Barrow (1), esquire, respondent, later deceased (lessor in ejectment of John Doe, husband of Mary, father of Barrow [2])


Harris, Barrow (2) (eldest son and heir of Barrow [1])


Harris, Edward, deceased (cousin of Peter Miller)


Harris, Mary (widow and executrix of Barrow [1])


Miller, Peter, minor, appellant (cousin and heir at law of Edward Harris)





Not stated in the Acts of the Privy Council, Colonial Series.


Smith (p.482) describes this case as a deliberate defiance by Jamaica of an established conciliar precedent.


References in Smith, Appeals to the Privy Council from the American Plantations

Table of Cases (Doe ex dem. Harris v Barrett) (extensive discussion)


Printed Cases

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Privy Council Documents in PC 1 at The National Archives at Kew


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