Trelawny – Main Towns

Martha Brae
This was the parish’s first capital. Its history dates back to the days of the Spanish occupation and was supposedly the site of an old Spanish settlement. The town got its name from the Martha Brae River, which today is used for rafting and is a source of water for the north coast.

Clarke’s Town
Ten miles from Falmouth, it is an important trading centre for produce from the rich fields of Ulster Springs. It is the second largest town in Trelawny and was named after 19th century estate owner, G.M. Clarke, who gave the land for its establishment.

Stewarts’s Town
This town is near the eastern border of the parish, and like Clarke’s Town is an important centre for provisions brought from the interior. The town was named after James Stewart, a former custos of the parish. Stewart’s Town is also home to Westwood High School, a famous Jamaican girls’ school.

Rio Bueno
It has one of the deepest harbours in the island. Once an important shipping haven, Rio Bueno is today a sleepy little village.

Duncans
A coastal town that does well as a trading centre.

Wait-a-Bit
A small interior town located between Low River and Settin and borders Green Town. Comprised of 5 districts, it is known for fertile farm lands, and yam and strawberry production. The folk tale behind the peculiar name is as follows: Many years ago when most travelling was done on foot, a group of people were exploring the area.  On reaching a point called Litchfield, that overlooks Wait-A-Bit and its surroundings, one of the men said after viewing the scenery, “wait a bit, wait a bit, tan ‘an si all side ‘gainst me!”