Bryan Edwards, an English historian, born in Westbury, Wiltshire, May 21, 1743, died July 15, 1800. After acquiring a good English education at Bristol, he emigrated to Jamaica in 1759, where a rich uncle gave him the means of completing his studies, and made him his heir. He became a prominent member of the colonial assembly, and published in 1784 a pamphlet against the restrictions laid by government on the trade between the West Indies and the United States, He afterward went to Santo Domingo, and collected materials for his " Historical Survey of the French Colony " in that island (4to, London, 1797), which was incorporated in the author's best known work, " The History, Civil and Commercial, of the British Colonies in the West Indies" (2 vols. 4to, London, 1793; 3d ed., 3 vols. 8vo, 1801; 5th ed., with a continuation to 1796, 5 vols. 8vo, 1819). This work bears a high character, and gives very minute and varied information. Mr. Edwards returned to England, and from 1796 till his death represented Grampound in parliament.