Peter Beckford, Sr. (1643 – 1710) was a wealthy English landowner and, at one point, acting Governor of Jamaica. At the time of his death, he was considered the wealthiest land and slave owner in the entirety of Europe.
In the 1670's, Beckford was the employer of the Sage Thomas Kavanagh, Jr., who worked for him in Kingston. When Beckford was visited by the Templar Laureano de Torres y Ayala and his associates, his manor was the site of a skirmish between the Templars and Caribbean Assassins, both of which aimed to secure Kavanagh in order to find the Observatory.
During his lifetime, he was an avid collector of historic artifacts, including such items as the Voynich manuscript. Following his death, the pirate Edward Kenway collected a large amount of artifacts, including the Voynich manuscript, which had been lost by the Beckford estate, and scattered across the West Indies, after Peter's death.