Appeals to the Privy Council from the
Caribbean and Canadian Colonies
Report No. JAM_1745_02

Beckford v Manning



Case Name Long

Ballard Beckford v Edward Manning


Acts of the Privy Council, Colonial Series


APC Citation  

v.4 [8] p.8–9 (18 June 1745)

  PC Register Citation

George II v.10 (1 March 1745 – 31 July 1746) p.121: PC 2/99/121



Colonial Courts


Court of Errors – 12 June 1744



Beckford, Ballard, of St. Mary’s parish, Jamaica, appellant


Manning, Edward, esquire, respondent (husband of Elizabeth)


Manning, Elizabeth (wife of Edward)



Criminal conversation.


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


The APC, v.3 [502] p.681–683 provides an explanation of the disallowance of the Jamaica Act dissolving the Manning/Moore marriage. For more information on this divorce, see Trevor Burnard, “‘A Matron in Rank, a Prostitute in Manners’,” in Working Slavery, Pricing Freedom, Verene A. Shepherd, ed. (New York: Palgrave, 2001) 133–152.


Printed Cases

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


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Other Documents

Other DocumentsAct of the Assembly of Jamaica to dissolve the marriage of Edward Manning, Esq. with Elizabeth Moore and to enable him to marry again. 
Library Law Library of Congress: (Sir George Lee Collection) (Manuscript Endorsed: “Copy of An Act to Desolve the marriage of Edward Manning Esq with Elizabeth Moore, and to enable him to Marry again” The act is dated 12 May 1739; the ground of the divorce is Elizabeth’s adultery with Ballard Beckford.)


Other DocumentsAbstract of proceedings relating to the divorce of Edward Manning, Esq. from Elizabeth Moore 
Library Law Library of Congress: (Sir George Lee Collection) (Manuscript Endorsed: “Abstract of Proceedings and Examinations before Govr Council & assembly of Jamaica on an act passed there for the Divorce of Edwd Manning Esq from Elizabeth Moore his late wife,” followed by notes signed by J Sharpe, solicitor.)