"Richard, Mr Mason's son by his first marriage, was at school in Barbados."

Richard Mason appears in Jane Eyre as Bertha Rochester's brother.

Barbados, non-volcanic and further east than all its neighbours, was the only Caribbean Island to have stayed under British rule for its entire colonial history. In the eighteenth century wealthy white creoles would have sent their children to England for their education, but by 1844 there were 149 private schools with 2,745  pupils attending them in Barbados, according to the Barbados Ministry of Education.

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