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Alison Charles Carmichael

Carmichael, Alison Charles née Stewart, c.1790—1885

Alison Charles Stewart, later Carmichael, was born in Edinburgh, daughter of Dr Charles Stewart and Mary Stewart, née Erskine. She married, also in Edinburgh, John Wilson Carmichael (1775/6-1850) in 1815. She had two daughters, Mary Erskine (b.1816) and Alison Johanna (b.1819), who joined several older children from her husband's first marriage in St Vincent, where he had previously served as an officer in the 1790s.

In 1820, Alison Charles and John Carmichael departed with their family for the West Indies. Arriving at St Vincent in December, they reoccupied a slave plantation John Carmichael had acquired during his previous residence, and which Alison Charles Carmichael describes in her Domestic Manners. Returning to Britain in 1826, the family appears to have resided in Guernsey. Domestic Manners appeared in 1833, the same year in which Alison's brother James Stuart published his Three Years in North America. She later published a fictional autobiography also based on her experiences in St Vincent, Tales of a Grandmother (1841).


Williamson, Karina. 'Mrs Carmichael: A Scotswoman in the West Indies, 1820-1826'. International Journal of Scottish Literature 4 (Spring/Summer 2008): [n.p.]. Online.


Title Published
Domestic Manners and Social Condition of the White, Coloured, and Negro Population of the West Indies 1833