I am combining two posts into one because they are so intimately connected.
My wife took me to a former Great House called Admiral's House in an area of Coopers Hill called Admiral Hill, about 2,000 above sea level, overlooking the city of Kingston.Â The view is fantastic!Â Never heard of this place before, but the famous Horatio Nelson spent time here recuperating from a grave illness he contracted during his very first military campaign here.
These picture are from a site, Access Property Jamaica that had advertized it for sale a few years ago:
It was when I researched it I that came across the name Cubah Cormwallis, Jamaica's most famous nurse at that time.Â She has almost been forgotten even by Jamaican history.Â Here's her story:
An interesting detail is that the wife of Crown Prince William was so grateful to her for nursing her husband back to health that she gave her a very beautiful gown as a present.Â She saved that gown for a special occasion.Â She wore it only once; at her funeral.Â Why do you ladies Do that?
Nelson, then a Lieutenant was moved from Cobah Cornwallis's hospital in Port Royal because he did not tolerate the heat and humidity there well.Â However, I have seen a copy of a letter he wrote to his captain complaining that he was getting bored and yearned to be back in Port Royal.
The story of that great house is also quite colorful, but that's for another time.