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Jamaican Folklore The legend of Lovers’ Leap (A True Story)

Once upon a time in the 17th century in a small country village near the rocky hills and high cliffs of Jamaica a baby girl was born, her name was Mizzy.

 She grew up to be a very beautiful young lady. Her demeanor was delicate and she had a joyous personality. 

Her eyes were Almond-shaped Bewitching Mysterious and brown, her skin glossy and she had a soothing sweet voice. Her delicate ears framed a button nose. A set of dazzling, angel-white teeth gleamed as her pouted lips framed a heart shaped smile. Men were smitten by her natural beauty and her graceful manner and She attracted many admirers.

She was employed by a man that goes by the name of Richard Chardley; He was the owner of Yardley Chase Plantation.

Mizzy was enlisted as his housekeeper and Chardley was secretly inlove with her.

Many plantation owners tried to get Chardley to sell Mizzy to them but Chardley refused. Instead of parting with Mizzy Chardley would try to entice them with other options.

The other plantation owners started to grow suspicious of Chardley as to why he was always refusing to part with Mizzy; eventhough he had no trouble parting with none of his other workers.

 Tongues began to wag in the village that Chardley was planning to groom her for himself.

However Chardley was not the only one that had his eyes set on the beautiful Mizzy. Countless enslaved men had tried to get close to Mizzy but when Chardley finds out they would meet a bitter end or was quickly sold off.

Chardley always uses his best tactics to remove the men who tried to get close to Mizzy. If any of his male workers became too friendly with her, Chardley would get suspicious of them.  He would make sure to double the amount of work his love rivals were given.


Chardley then ordered some of his workers to inform on Mizzy and was told to report her every move to him.

But there was one enslaved man that went by the name of Tunkey that managed to evade the suspicions of Chardley.

Mizzy however was seeing Tunkey from a neighboring plantation. Mizzy and Tunkey fell inlove, and was secretly meeting up after dark.
With each meeting they fell deeper in love until they could not manage to hide it any longer.

 Someone found out and informed Richard Chardley about the movements of the two lovers when night falls.

Mizzy’s  affection and her life were already pledged to Tunkey. 

Chardley then asked Mizzy if any of the rumours were true and she confessed to the rumours. This confession, however, only made Chardley the more determined in carrying out his desires; but Mizzy’s affection and her life were already pledged to Tunkey.

Chardley’s secret desire for Mizzy made him even more determined to get rid of Tunkey. In order to have her to himself Chardley plotted to sell her lover Tunkey, who worked at a neighboring plantation, to get him away from Mizzy.

Chardley arranged for her lover Tunkey to be sold to another estate.

Chardley started showering Mizzy with lots of expensive gifts, to try and persuade her to forget about her lover Tunkey. But instead of leading Chardley on she thanked him for his courtesy, and suggested to him that she think that it was time for her to be sold to another plantation. Chardley refused and carried on with his plot to get rid of her lover Tunkey.

When it was time for Tunkey to leave his owners plantation as Chardley planned the pair fled to avoid being separated. They started upon their trail, which they managed to keep without difficulty.

Chardley knowing their attachment for each other, on learning that they had left the plantation, organized a party of people to pursue them.   

Chardley and his group caught up with the two lovers until they arrived at the fatal point from which they had to choose between life or death. 
They were eventually  chased by him and his organised group to the very edge of a large steep cliff 1,700 feet deep, overlooking the gorgeous turquoise water of the Caribbean Sea.  One of the most romantic captivating and  beautiful locations on the island of Jamaica.

However instead of allowing themselves to be recaptured and forever separated, the pair chose to end their lives.  They embraced for one last  time, then plunged themselves over the VERY LARGE STEEP cliff!

They plunged over the precipice and were never to be seen nor heard from again. Hence, the legend “Lovers Leap”
Folklore has it that the spirit of Mizzy and Tunkey has haunted Lovers Leap cliff to this

Centuries ago others have claimed to have seen two falling stars shooting down from the sky over the cliff at various hrs past midnight.

 while some locals have spotted reappearing and disappearing shadows of a young black couple dressed in 18th century attire down the cliff.

According to folklore, Richard Chardley one of the early owners of the Yardley Chase Plantation was in love with his house keeper Mizzy.  Lovers’ leap is named in commemoration of the love triangle incident involving Chardley Mizzy and Tunkey.The Legend of Lovers’ Leap surrounds the tragic love story of the two lovers who refused to be separated in life. 

Jamaica is seeped in history Come and explore the magnificent site and the tragic but alluring story of Lover’s Leap.  Towering 1,700 feet high, this magnificent cliff offers a panoramic view of Jamaica’s coastline and overlooks the shimmering deep blue Caribbean Sea.

Lover’s Leap stands as one of the most captivating historical sites in Jamaica with a romantic view of the coastline from Rocky Point, Clarendon in the east, to Pedro Bluff, Treasure Beach in the west and the mountains acting as the perfect backdrop.

 The 1,700 feet (520m) cliff, overlooking the mystical  charming turquoise water of the Caribbean ocean.

Other points of interest on Lovers Leap in Jamaica are the lighthouse, which is powered by electricity, battery and generator, Relics of the Past, which is an assortment of Jamaican artefacts used in times of old and also a 3 mile trail leading down to Cutlass Bay. Swimming is not advised there however.

This poetic yet tragic episode has given rise to the legend of the story of Mizzy and Tunkey, which has drawn thousands to this stunning view. 

This is your chance to share in the amazing view that the lovers witnessed on that faithful night.

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