Gabriel Ford Reeves Barbados

Biography of Gabriel Ford Reeves

Gabriel Ford Reeves was baptised in Barbados on 14th February 1783. His father was also Gabriel, a merchant, who was born in 1759 and died in St.James, Barbados in 1840. He married Elizabeth, with whom he also had a daughter, Elizabeth Ford Reeves, born in 1780. Theirs was a wealthy slave-owning family. Gabriel Senior was recorded as an invalid when he registered 73 enslaved persons for whom he claimed compensation following emancipation. He was awarded over £1,300 for his ‘loss’ of their services, along with a further seven enslaved.

Gabriel Junior, like many sons of such families, was sent to Scotland for his education. He matriculated in the Arts Faculty in 1801 and went on to study Medicine. In 1803 he enrolled in Chemistry, as he did again in 1804, along with Anatomy and Medicine. In 1805 he studied Anatomy, Midwifery, Botany and Materia Medica. From 1806 to 1808 he concentrated on Anatomy. He did not graduate. Details of his subsequent career have yet to emerge. A Gabriel Reeves died of dropsy in the Gorbals registration district on the 19th of February, 1829, aged 45, matching the age of Gabriel Reeves of Barbados and raising the possibility that it was the same man who may have remained in Scotland or returned.


Archival Materials

  • W Innes Addison, The Matriculation Albums of the University of Glasgow from 1728 to 1858 (Glasgow, 1913)


Gabriel Ford Reeves
Born 1783.
GU Degrees: Arts, 1801;
University Link: Student
English snippet: Arts student at the University of Glasgow in 1801
Record last updated: 12th Apr 2021

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Barbados Barbados, No Region
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  • Student