company. Ward was a dynamic and gifted entrepreneur, and under his leadership, Wray and Nephew began a period of growth and prosperity. Wray retired in 1862 and died in 1870, leaving Ward as the sole proprietor of the business.
In 1916, the entity, Lindo Brothers & Company, purchased Wray & Nephew. Almost immediately thereafter, the new company, J. Wray & Nephew Ltd, purchased the Appleton Estate – the oldest and most famous of all Jamaica’s sugarcane estates.
J. Wray and Nephew Limited grew over the years, evolving to its current position, where it accounts for approximately 90 per cent of total rum sales in Jamaica.