Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section

 

Black and Asian people discovered in records held by the Manuscripts Section

 


People of African and Asian origin have lived in Britain for at least two thousand years but this aspect of our heritage has been largely forgotten. Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section has launched a project to find Black and Asian Londoners in the records we hold. We invite all our readers to participate and let us know their findings, either in our reading room or by e-mail. So far we have found 550 entries, the earliest in 1573/4 and the latest in 1939.

This list is an ongoing project, so do come back to look for entries again, as all further entries found by our readers will be added in.

These entries will be useful for researchers investigating the Black and Asian history of London (and further afield, especially the British Factory at Oporto, Portugal) but also for people tracing their family tree who have Black or Asian ancestors. For further information about sources elsewhere, see the Black and Asian Studies Association website, the Black Cultural Archives website and the National Archives' (in conjunction with BASA) black history website.

We are interested in collecting the records of Black and Asian individuals, businesses and communities within the square mile of the City of London and we welcome anyone who has such records or knows of them contacting us in writing or by email.


Parish register entries 

 

The entries are presented in date order. Punctuation has been added for clarity, and the use of capitals has been modernised, but the original spellings have been retained. A few entries from non-City registers at Guildhall Library have been added in a separate section at the end. A list of entries from sources other than the parish registers can also be found at the end of this document.

 

Entries marked in blue are those found by volunteers working in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library as part of our Black and Asian Londoners in the City project. Please contact the Manuscripts Section if you would be interested in volunteering to search our parish registers as part of this project

 

St Olave Hart Street: 15 February 1573/4, marriage of ‘Reynold Whit Nigre and Rose Harrison’ (GL Ms 28867 p.155)

 

 [St Olave Hart Street: October 1576 and October 1577, an Inuit man and an Inuit infant boy are known to have been buried in St Olave Hart Street in these months.  They had been brought back by Martin Frobisher from his first and second voyages to Baffin Island to discover the North-West Passage. The unnamed Inuit man was seized on the first voyage, in 1576, but died around a fortnight after his arrival in London in October of that year, probably of pneumonia. The Cathay Company accounts record payments for his medical care, including for "Mr Crowe" a surgeon, for his embalming, and for the coffin for his burial. The Inuit infant boy was the sole survivor of three Inuits, a man, Kalicho, a woman, Arnaq, and an infant boy, Nutaaq, seized during Frobisher's second voyage. Kalicho died soon after his arrival in Bristol, apparently from wounds sustained during his capture, and Arnaq four days later, probably from measles. They were buried in St Stephen's, Bristol. The infant boy, Nutaaq, was then moved by Frobisher to London, in the care of a nurse. He and his nurse lodged at the Three Swans. However eight days after his arrival he too was dead, again probably from measles, despite the attention of the surgeon John Gymblet. Unfortunately the burial register of St Olave Hart Street (GL Ms 28867) contains no entry for either burial.  See Alden T Vaughan, Transatlantic Encounters: American Indians in Britain, 1500-1776 (CUP, 2006), and references there. See also Kim Sloan, A New World. England's First View of America (British Museum, 2007), pp 165-8. (NB the burial registers of St Olave Jewry and St Olave Silver Street have also been checked by GL staff just in case, but without success.) 

 

St Botolph Bishopsgate: 25 September 1586, baptism of ‘Elizabeth, a negro child, born white, the mother a negro’ (GL Ms 4515/1)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 22 October 1586, burial of ‘Christopher Cappervert, a blacke moore’ (GL Ms 9222/1). There is no surviving parish clerk’s memorandum book for October 1586, but the paper burial register (GL Ms 9221) adds a little more detail:

 

[Under “October 1586”:] ‘Cristopher Cappeverte a blackmoore who dyed in the whitbell of the high street was buryed the 22 of October.’ In the margin is written ‘Upper [end of the parish]. Christopher caperverto. Yers [of age] 28.’

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 27 August 1587, ‘Domingo, a negroe’ (parchment burial register, GL Ms 9222/1)

 

The paper burial register (GL Ms 9221) gives the same entry in the following words:

 

‘Domingo, a black neigro servaunt unto Sir William Winter, was buryed the 27 of August. East [end]. Con[sumption?]. Yeres 40.’

 

The parish clerk’s memorandum book, GL Ms 9234/1, f.127v, gives:

 

‘Domingo, beinge a Ginnye negaro and beinge servaunt to the Right Worshipfull S(i)r William Winter knyght, dwellinge in the abbye place, beinge the mannor howse of Eastsmithfield, was buried the xxviith daye of August [1587]. He had the best clothe. Con[sumption?].’

 

St Ann Blackfriars: 8 January 1587/8, burial of ‘Domyngo, a blackmore’ (GL Ms 4510/1)

 

St Olave Hart Street: 6th June 1588, burial of ‘Isabell, a blackamore’ (GL Ms 28867)

 

St Olave Hart Street: 29th June 1588, burial of ‘a man blackamore laye in the streete’ (GL Ms 28867)

 

St Andrew Holborn: 30 January 1589/90, burial of ‘Sebrina, a blackmore wench’ (GL Ms 6673/1)

 

St Olave Hart Street: 13 July 1590, burial of ‘Grace, a nigro, oute of Dr Hector’s’ (GL Ms 28867)

 

St Olave Hart Street: 5 September 1590, burial of ‘Francisco a Nigro’ (GL Ms 28867 p.100)

St Botolph Aldgate: 8 January 1591, burial of ‘Frauncis a Blackamoor servant to Thomas Parker’ (GL Ms 9222/1 p.193)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 7 June 1593, baptism of ‘James Ongunby, a Negro’ (GL Ms 9239 p.12)

St Botolph Aldgate: 8 August 1593, burial of ‘Suzanna Peavis a blackamore servant to John Deppinois’ (GL Ms 9222/1 p.223)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 20 August 1593, burial of ‘Symon Valencia, a Blackamoore’ (GL Ms 9222/1). There is no surviving parish clerk’s memorandum book for August 1593, but the paper burial register (GL Ms 9221) adds a little more detail:

 

[Under “August 1593”:] ‘Upper [end]. Yeres [of age] 20. Plagg. Symon Valencia, a black moore servaunt to Stephen Drifyeld a nedellmaker was buryed the 20 daye.’

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 8 October 1593, burial of ‘Cassangoe, a blacke a moore servant to Mr Barbor’ (GL Ms 9222/1)

 

The paper burial register (GL Ms 9223) gives:

 

[October 1593] ‘East. Yeres 20. Plagg. Cassango a blackmoore servaunt to Mr Thomas Barber a marchaunt was buryed the 8 daye of October.’

 

The parish clerk’s memorandum book (GL Ms 9234/4) adds:

 

‘Cassanggo, a neagar servant to Mr Thomas Barbor a marchaunt, from his howse at the signe of the Redd Crosse in the libertie of Eastsmithfield, was buried the viiith day of October anno 1593. Yeares xx. Plague.

For the common grownd because he was coffind xiid.

For the best cloth not used having a black cloth ixd.

And for i bearer [blank].

East.’

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 29 November 1593, burial of ‘Roberte, a blackamore servant to William Mathew’ (GL Ms 9222/1)

 

The paper burial register (GL Ms 9223) gives:

 

‘Robart a black a moore servaunt to William Mathew Jent was buryed the 29 daye of November. East. Yeres 26.Plagg.’

 

In the parish clerk’s memorandum book (GL Ms 9234/4) the following has been added:

 

‘Robert a negar being servant to William Mathew a Jentelman dwelling in a garden being behynd Mr Quarles his howse and neare unto Hogg Lane in the libertie of Eastsmithfield was buried in the owter church yeard being withowt the crosse walle before Mr Soda his tenementes ... [date follows]. Yeares xxvi.’ ‘He had the second cloth and fower bearers.’ [In the margin the word ‘plague’ is marked]. (GL Ms 9234/4)

 

St Stephen Coleman Street: 24 August 1594, burial of ‘Katherin the negar, dwelling with the prince of Portingal [sic for Portugal]’ (GL Ms 4448)

 

St Olave Hart Street: 23 January 1595/6, burial of ‘George a blackeamore out of Mr Barkers’ (GL Ms 28867 p.106)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 3 March 1596/7, burial of a ‘negar, suposed to be named Frauncis. He was servant to Peter Miller a beare brewer’ (paper burial register, GL Ms 9223)

 

This entry is not recorded in the parchment burial register (GL Ms 9222/1). The parish clerk’s memorandum book (GL Ms 9234/6) gives the following:

 

‘East. Of the sckurvie. A negar whose name was suposed to be Frauncis. He was servant to be [sic] Peter Miller a beare brewer dwelling at the signe of the hartes horne in the libertie of EastSmithfield. Yeares xxvi. He had the best cloth [and] iiii bearers.’

 

St Mary Woolchurch Haw: between entries for 24 April and 20 May 1597, there is an undated burial of ‘a blakmore belonging to Mr John Davies, died in White Chappel parishe, was laied in the ground in this church yarde sine frequentia populi et sine ceremoniis quia utrum christianus esset necne nesciebamus [without any company of people and without ceremony, because we did not know whether he was a Christian or not]’ (GL Ms 7644) [see also the entry for 1 Jan 1610/11 for St Mildred Poultry, where possibly the same John Davies appears again]

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 3 June 1597, baptism of ‘Mary Phillis a blackmore beinge about twentye yeres of age and dwellinge with Millicen [sic, for Millicent] Porter sempster’ (GL Ms 9220 f.90r)

 

The paper burial register (GL Ms 9223) gives:

 

3 June 1597, ‘Mary Fillis, a black more, being abowt xx yeares owld and dwelling with Millicent Porter, a seamester, was baptized.’

 

The parish clerk’s memorandum book (GL Ms 9234/6) gives as follows:

 

3 June 1597, ‘Mary Fillis of Morisco, being a black more. She was of late servant with one M(ist)res Barker in Marke Lane, a widdowe. She said hir father’s name was Fillis of Morisco, a black more, being both a basket maker and also a shovell maker.

     This Marie Fillis being abowt the age of xx yeares and having beene in England for the space of xiii or xiiii yeares, and as yt was not Christned, and now being becom servant with one Millicent Porter a seamster dwelling in the libertie of Eastsmithfield, and now taking some howld of faith in Jesus Chryst, was desyrous to becom a Christian.

     Wherefore shee made sute by hir said m(ist)res to have some conference with the Curat of this the parish of St Buttolphees without Aldgate London. Which Curat, named Mr Christopher Threlkeld, demaunding of her certen questions concerning hir faith, where unto shee answering him verie Christian lyke, and afterwardes she being by the said Mr Christopher Threlkeld our Curat willed to say the Lordes Prayer, and also to rehearce the articles of hir beliefe, which she did both say and and [sic] rehearce verie decently and well, confessing hir fayth, then the said Curat demaundid of hir if she weare desyrous to be paptized [sic] in the said fayth, whereunt[o] shee said, “I”.

     Then the said Curat did go with hir unto the founte, and desyring the congregation with him to call upon God the Father thorowgh our Lord Jesus Chryst, that of his bownteous mercie he wold graunt to her that thing which by nature she could not have, that shee myght be baptized with water and the Holy Gost, and receyved into Ch[r]istes Holy Church and be made a lyvely member of the same, Amen, then the said Curat using the rest of the wordes of the Queenes Majesties booke untill he did com unto the qwestions to be demaunded, which qwestions he did demaunde of her, unto which questions she answered as yt is set downe in the Queenes Majesties booke.

     And the Minister afterwardes praying according to order, which being done, he said unto the wittnesses whose names weare, William Benton, Margerie Barrick and Mylicent Porter, saying unto them, you shall name this chyld, who named her, Mary Fillis, of Morisco, the dawghter to Fillis of Morisco, a black more being as shee said in that contrie both a basket maker and a shovell maker.

     So that I do say that the said Mary Fillis a black more at this tyme dwelling with Millicent Porter a seamester of the libertie of Eastsmithfield was christned on Fryday being the third day of June, in the presents of the undenamed [sic] and dyvers others, viz William Benton, Margerie Barrick, Millicent Porter, M(ist)res Magdalyne Threlkeld, Mathew Pearson, M(ist)res Young, Gertrud Ponder, Thomas Harrydance, being the parish Clarke, Thomas Ponder, being the sexton, and dyvers others.’

 

St Olave Hart Street: 23 November 1598, baptism of ‘Madelen, a blackeamore, oute of Bernade’s house’ (GL Ms 28867)

 

St Olave Hart Street: 15 February 1598/9, marriage of ‘John Cathman & Constantia, Negrea, Ancilla, Parish, Licence’ (GL Ms 28867 p.162)

 

St Mary Bothaw: 29 March 1601, baptism of ‘Julyane, a blackamore, servant with Alldermane Banynge, of the age of 22 yeares, was baptized and namyd Marye’ (GL Ms 4310)

 

The reference would appear to be to Alderman Paul Bayning, Sheriff 1593-4, and Treasurer of the East India Company, 1600-2.

 

St Benet Fink: 2 June 1606, baptism of ‘a man child called John, borne of a blackamore woman & supposed to be the sonne of John Edwardes, a bordder in the howse of William Conrado’s’ (GL Ms 4097)

 

St Mildred Poultry: 1 January 1610/11, baptism of ‘John Jaquoah, a king’s sonne in Guinnye’ (GL Ms 4429/1)

 

NB beside the entry in the register the rector has added the following text:

 

‘Dederi Jaquoah about the age of 20 yeares, the sonne of Caddi-biah king of the river of Cetras or Cestus in the cuntrey of Guinny, who was sent out of his cuntrey by his father, in an english shipp called the Abigail of London, belonging to Mr John Davies of this parish, to be baptised. At the request of the said Mr Davies and at the desire of the said Dedery, and by allowance of authority, [he] was by the Parson of this churche the first of Januarie, baptised and named John. His sureties were John Davies haberdasher, Isaac Kilburne mercer, Robert Singleton churchwarden, Edmund Towers, Paul Gurgeny and Rebecca Hutchens. He showed his opinion concerning Jesus Christ and his faith in him; he repeated the Lords prayer in English at the fonte, and so was baptised and signed with the signe of the Crosse.’

 

[See also the entry for April/May 1597 at St Mary Woolchurch Haw, where possibly the same John Davies appears again.]

 

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 24 July 1614, burial of ‘John Matthewes (a Black Moore) servant to Mr Kellett in Marke Lane’ (GL Ms 9222/1 p. 521)

 

St Andrew Undershaft: 19 June 1616, burial of ‘John Fernando a Blackmore was buryed…from Mr Edward Dickinsons’ (GL Ms 4107/1 p.330)

 

St Dunstan in the West: 2 August 1616, burial of ‘Peter, a blackamore … from Mrs Locksmithe’s’ (GL Ms 10342)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 31 September 1616, burial of ‘Isabell Peeters a Black-more lodgeing in Blew Anchor Alley’ (GL Ms 9222/1 p542)

 

St Dionis Backchurch:  22 December 1616, baptism of ‘an East Indian, was christened by the name of Peter’ (GL Ms 17602)

 

St Olave Hart Street: 26 January 1616/7, baptism of ‘Mark Antonie a Negro’ (GL Ms 28867 p.53)

 

St Olave Hart Street: 28 January 1616/7, burial of ‘Mark Antonie, a Negro’ (GL Ms 28867 p.143)

 

Holy Trinity the Less: 24 December 1617, marriage of ‘James Curres, beinge a Moore Christian and Margaret Person, a maid’ (GL Ms 9155)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 24 April 1618, burial of ‘Anne Vause a Black-more wife to Anthonie Vause, Trompetter of the said Country’ (GL Ms 9222/1 p.560)

 

Many of the entries in the records of this parish refer to musicians employed by the Crown at the Tower, and this may be another.

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 8 Sept 1618, burial of ‘James (an Indian), servant to Mr James Duppa, beerebrewer’ (GL Ms 9222/1)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 20 August 1623, baptism of ‘Phillip, an Indian blackmore, borne in the East Indies at Zarat’ (GL Ms 9659/2 p.16)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 4 November 1623, burial of ‘a Blackamoor woman that die in the street, named Marie’ (GL Ms 9222/1 p.612)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 26 November 1623, burial of ‘John Comequicke a Black-Moore so named, servant to Thomas Love a Captaine’ (GL Ms 9222/1 p.613)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 27 July 1630, burial of ‘Joseph Alley, a Persian borne’ (GL Ms 9222/2 p.87)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 16 February 1630/31, burial of ‘Mary Peters, a poore blackamore woman at Tower Hill’ (GL Ms 9222/2 p.96)

 

St Andrew Holborn: 17 April 1633, burial of ‘Thomas a[n] Indian, out of the Lord Brooke’s house, was layed in the Church as Catumelant’ (GL Ms 6673/2)

 

“Catumelant” in the entry above appears to signify that the individual was a catechumen, a Christian convert under instruction prior to baptism.

 

St Olave Hart Street: 4 December 1633, baptism of ‘Thomas Wood, a Blackmore’ (GL Ms 28868p.4)

 

St Olave Hart Street: 5 May 1638, baptism of ‘Thomas Williams a Blackamoore’ (GL Ms 28868 p.14)

 

St Andrew Undershaft: 7 May 1654, baptism of ‘Johanna Joaneson, an Ethiopian turned Christian dwelling at Mr Samuell Dassall’ (GL Ms 4107/2 p.34)

 

St Giles Cripplegate: 3 February 1659, burial of ‘Yahma a blackmore servant to John Smith, gent[leman] at Bunnhill, below [place buried], flox [cause of death; confluent smallpox]’ (GL Ms 6419/6) Entry supplied by Henry Meier

 

St Benet Fink: 20 November 1662, burial of ‘Emanuell Feinande, Mr Adams’ friend’s slave, a blackmore’ (GL Ms 4098)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 1 February 1663/64, burial of ‘Joseph Lisbone, a blackamoore’ (GL Ms 9659/3 p.153)

 

St Olave Hart Street: 29 July 1665, burial of ‘A Negro man servant of Mr John Newtons from Mr Raworth buryed New Chu[rch]y[ar]d’ (GL Ms 28869 p.61)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 19 January 1667/68, baptism of ‘William a Blackmore sirnamed Mingo about 23 yeares of age, baptised Isay William’ (GL Ms 9659/3 p.185)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 26 March 1671, baptism of ‘Samuel Payne, a Negro’ (GL Ms 9659/3 p.211)

 

St Botolph Aldersgate: 12 May 1672, baptism of ‘Joseph, a blackamore about 20 years of age’ (GL Ms 3854/1)

 

St Dunstan in the West: entry in churchwardens’ accounts of 31st July 1672, “given to Widdow Boden a poore darke woeman (one shilling)” (GL Ms 2968/5)

 

St Katherine Cree: 26 September 1672, marriage of ‘Paul Peache, a blackemore and Rosamond Key (by licence)’ (GL Ms 7890/1)

 

St Andrew Undershaft: 4 October 1672, burial of ‘Charles a Blackmore servant to Charles Muddeford’ (GL Ms 4107/2 f.265v)

 

All Hallows London Wall: 9 January 1675, baptism of ‘Thomas Andrews a Negar servant to Mr Thomas Pennill, Merchant’ (GL Ms 5086 p.5)

 

St Olave Hart Street: 29 April 1675, baptism of ‘George an India Servant of Mr Robert Andrews, Chirurgeon, aged xvi yeares or thereabouts was christened in the publiq[u]e congregacion.’ (GL Ms 28868 p.80)

 

St Mary Woolnoth: 26 June 1675, burial of ‘a Blackamore boy of Mr John Temple, Goldsmith, in the Churchyard.’ (GL Ms 7635/2 p. 347)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 9 January 1675/6, baptism of ‘John Nuna, a Moor’ (GL Ms 9659/3 p.223)

 

Christchurch Newgate Street: 22 January 1675/6, baptism of ‘Thomas Dingley and Hannah Boton, blackmore’ (GL Ms 3713/1) 

 

St Sepulchre Holborn: 3 September 1676, baptism of ‘Henry Moore, a Black Moor about 18 or 20 years of age, servant to Mr Ridges in Long Lane’ (GL Ms 7219/1 p.159)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 28 January 1676/7, baptism of ‘Charles Cesar, a black’ (GL Ms 9659/3 p.226)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 26 March 1677, burial of ‘Hannah Blackmore a child from Allhallows [by] the wall’ (GL Ms 9232/1 p.63)

 

St Andrew Undershaft: 10 July 1679, burial of ‘Mary Rosie, a Blackmore servant to Domingo Rodrigus Francie [French?]’ (GL Ms 4107/2 f.276r)

 

St Olave Hart Street: 31 July 1680, burial of ‘Bllack Bwoy from Mr Mortimers out of the Tow[e]r Liberty…buryed in the New Churchyard.’ (GL Ms 28869 p.98)

 

All Hallows Barking: 24 February 1681/2, burial of ‘Trumbelo, an Indian black, Catechumus’ (GL Ms 3713/2A)

 

St Olave Hart Street: 14 June 1681, burial of ‘Loreto an India Woaman was buryed in the New Church Yard in Seething Lane from Mr Pewseyes’ (GL Ms 28869 p.101)

 

St Olave Hart Street: 25 December 1682, baptism of ‘Edward Angell, a Black Boye belonging to Madam Hampton’ (GL Ms 28868 p.92)

 

St Olave Hart Street: 14 February 1682/83, burial of ‘An Indian black Boy of Mr Charles Gray…buryed in the Churchyard.’ (GL Ms 28869 p. 105)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 19 September 1683, baptism of ‘Joseph Morris Nigre’ (GL Ms 9661 p.16)

 

St Peter Cornhill: 7 November 1683, baptism of ‘John Cooke, a blackamore’ (GL Ms 8820)

 

St Olave Hart Street: 24 January 1683/84, burial of ‘Marea a Female Neager from Mr Pewseyes was buried in the New Churchyard’ (GL Ms 28869 p. 107)

 

St Mary Woolchurch Haw: 7 March 1683/4, baptism of ‘Marck Anthony an Indian, by Frank Sclater. Witnesses – Mr Thomas Rannd, Mr James Watkins, Ms Elizabeth Howard’ (GL Ms 7644)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 26 March 1684, burial of ‘Stephen Conar a Negro East Smithfield’ (GL Ms 9232/1 p.184)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 2 May 1684, baptism of ‘Tymothy Taggay a Black Boy in Houndsditch about 10 or 11 yeare ould’ (GL Ms 9225/2 p.184)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 13 November 1684, baptism of ‘Francis Symon a Black’ (GL Ms 9238 p.79)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 20th November 1684, baptism of ‘Alexander Jeffery a Black’ (GL Ms 9238 p.79)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 26 May 1685, baptism of ‘Francis Hobdon a Black’ (GL Ms 9238 p.80)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 28 June 1686, baptism of ‘John More, a black’ (GL Ms 9238)

 

St Olave Hart Street: 23 August 1686, burial of ‘Edward Ancoe, a black servant of Mr Rich, merchant. Churchyard. (GL Ms 28870)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 6 December 1686, burial of ‘A Moore child a female, Mouse Alley East Smithfield’ (GL Ms 9232/1 p.241)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 11 May 1687, baptism of ‘Thomas Goodman, a More’ (GL Ms 9238 p. 82)

 

St Katherine Cree: 15 June 1687, baptism of ‘Charles, a negro of Sir Benjamin Batters’ (GL Ms 3713/2B)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 12 July 1687, marriage of ‘John Guy Ba[chelor] [&] Florinden White Sp[inster] of St Mary Whitechapel. A Blackmor.’ [This is underneath John Guy’s name, but it is difficult to interpret if it relates to him or his wife] (GL Ms 9244 p.29)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 14 July 1687, marriage of ‘Anthony Davis Ba[chelor] [&] Rudah Moos Sp[inster] of St Stephen Coleman Street. A Blackamor.’ (GL Ms 9244 p.29)

 

St Stephen Coleman Street: 24 July 1687, baptism of ‘James Dockey, a Guiney negar boy aged 17 years, Mr Lavington’s servant’ (GL Ms 4449/2)

 

St Mary Aldermary: 25 July 1687, baptism of ‘Ann Obbadya, the black’ (GL Ms 8990/2)

 

St Ethelburga Bishopsgate: 21 September 1687 a baptism of ‘Thomas Gaeham, Mr Norman’s negro boy’ (GL Ms 4236/1)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 2 February 1687/8, baptism of ‘Levinah a bastard black child left to the parish’ (GL Ms 9225/2 p.238)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 7 February 1687/8, burial of ‘Louisa a black a bastard Hounsdich’ (GL Ms 9232/1 p.262)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 29 February 1687/88, baptism of ‘Katharine Anker, a black’ (GL Ms 9661 p.25)

 

St Andrew Undershaft: 2 February 1688/9, baptism of ‘Grace Man a Blackmore daughter of Peter Man and Mary his wife’ (GL Ms 4107/2 f.136v)

 

St Peter Cornhill: 24 June 1688, baptism of ‘Ann, a black, aged about 20 years’ (GL Ms 8820)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 25 June 1688, baptism of ‘Elizabeth Dido, a more formerly called Dido’ (GL Ms 9238) Entry supplied by Vanessa Harding

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 7 November 1688, baptism of ‘Robert Prince, a more aged 19 years’ (GL Ms 9238)

 

St Andrew Undershaft: 12 December 1688, burial of ‘Annamathe a black maid servant to Mrs Walles in St Hellens [sic]’ (GL Ms 4107/2 p.290)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 19 December 1688, baptism of ‘John Sumner, a more aged 18 years was baptised. Joseph Bourn [?] and Margaret his wife his suretyes’ (GL Ms 9238)

 

All Hallows Barking: 25 January 1688/9, baptism of ‘Mary Alphabet, an Indian black aged about 16, servant to Mrs Richardson of this parish’ (GL Ms 3713/2A)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 15 February 1688/9, baptism of ‘Joseph Oxford a more’ (GL Ms 9238)

 

St Olave Hart Street: 7 April 1689, burial of John Hawley, a blackamoore from Mr Dawkins. Churchyard. (GL Ms 28870)

 

St Andrew Undershaft: 24 June 1689, burial of ‘Robart a Black Boy servant to Mr Peter Vansittert’ (GL Ms 4107/2) f.291v)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 23 September 1689, baptism of ‘Elizabeth Quedia, a more formerly called by the name of Quedia’ (GL Ms 9238)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 17 October 1690, baptism of ‘John Kempthon, a black’ (GL Ms 9661 p.26)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 23 October 1690, baptism of ‘Anthony Goodwill a Moor formerly called by the same name. Daniel Ashford and Mary Langridge his sureties.’ (GL Ms 9238)

 

St Edmund Lombard Street: 9 November 1690, baptism of ‘Joan Hill, a black of about 30 years, servant to Lt. General Hill, of the Cariby Islands’ (GL Ms 20204)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 23 November 1690, baptism of ‘a more formerly called Charles Blackamore. William Cox and Thomas Frimby [?] and Dorothy Smith his sureties.’ (GL Ms 9238)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 26 January 1690, baptism of ‘Peter Smith, a more formerly called by the name of Pedro. Ralph Whitaker and Sarah Rouse his sureties.’ (GL Ms 9238) Entry supplied by Vanessa Harding

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 1st January 1691, baptism of ‘Dorothy, a more formerly called Hagar. Thomas Pettey and Mary Hobart her sureties.’ (GL Ms 9238)

 

St Dunstan in the West: 14 April 1691, baptism of ‘William a black young man, 18 years of age, baptized at the funt’ (GL Ms 10348)

 

St Katherine Cree: 6 December 1691, baptism of ‘Daniel Mingoe, an Indian boy, servant to the Lady Ann Godwin, baptized at the font’ (GL Ms 7889/1)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 21 January 1692, baptism of ‘a more formerly called by the name of Roger Fuller aged 18 years. Gilbert Cutler and Richard Meller and Hannah Barton his sureties.’ (GL Ms 1692) Entry supplied by Vanessa Harding

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 29 January 1692/3, baptism of ‘John Cosar a Blacke’ (GL Ms 9661 p.29)

 

St Peter Cornhill: 6 April 1692, baptism of ‘Joseph Isintree, a black aged 17 years’ (GL Ms 8820)

 

St Mary Woolnoth: 11 September 1692, burial of ‘Ann a Blackamoor Servant to Mr Pollington and was interred in Bethlem churchyard the eleventh of the same.’ (GL Ms 7636 p.25)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 14 May 1693, baptism of ‘a more formerly called John Weston was baptised by the name of John. Aged 30 years, of Stepney parish. William Simpson and Ann Meldham his suretyes.’ (GL Ms 9238)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 16 June 1693, baptism of ‘a Moor formerly called Jane aged 18 years was baptised by the name of Martha’ (GL Ms 9238)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 16 August 1693, baptism of ‘A Moor formerly called Samber aged 22 years by the name of Thomas.’ (GL Ms 9238 p.90)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 29 August 1693, baptism of ‘a moore formerly called Peter Freeman of the parish of All Hallows Barking, aged 20 years. Thomas Goll and Thomas Ginett and Mary Wright his surety.’(GL Ms 9238)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 8 January 1694, marriage of ‘Thomas Lambert Widdower, Marriner and Isabella Bococke, Sp[inster], both Blacks of St Mary Whitechapell’ (GL Ms 9245 p.37)

 

St Andrew Holborn: 27 February 1694, burial of ‘William Warwick, a negro from the Marshallseas high Holborne’ (GL Ms 6673/6)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 29 September 1694, marriage of ‘Nicholas Armadowe Ba[chelor] and Elizabeth Moore Widdow both Blacks of the p[ari]sh of Stepney.’ (GL Ms 9245 p.23)

 

St Peter Cornhill: 1 January 1694/5, baptism of ‘Cyrus-Peters Collico, servant to Lancelot Skinner, cheese-monger, aged about 17 years, a black’ (GL Ms 8820)

 

St Olave Hart Street: 28 April 1695, burial of ‘Thomas Limehouse, a Blackamore buried in the New Yard’ (GL Ms 28870 p/31)

 

St Ethelburga Bishopsgate: 19 May 1695, baptism of ‘Francis Brewer, laite servant to Mr Thomas Rutter, a black or Indian’ (GL Ms 4236/1)

 

St Anne and St Agnes: 1 July 1695, baptism of ‘John More, a black aged 21 years’ (GL Ms 6764/2)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 17 September 1695, marriage of ‘Peter Daniel Ba[chelor] a mariner and Elizabeth Almeda Wid[ow] both of Stepney, both blacks’ (GL Ms 9245 p.53)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 6 February 1695/6, baptism of ‘Anthony Dirognis a Blackamore about 23 years of age’ (GL Ms 9226 p.10)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 16 August 1696, baptism of ‘a moore formerly called Goodwill was baptised by the name of William aged twenty two years. John Kent and Joseph Allen witnesses.’ (GL Ms 9238)

 

St Dunstan in the East: 22 October 1696, burial of ‘Pompey, a black boy’ (GL Ms 7857/3)

 

All Hallows Barking: 26 December 1696, baptism of ‘Stephen Goddard, Sir Benjamin Newland’s negro, about 32 years old’ (GL Ms 3713/2A)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 10 February 1697, marriage of ‘Thomas Duelberry ba[chelor] and more of Stepney and Mary Quibo wid[ow] of St Mary Whitechappell by Licence’ (GL Ms 9243 p.356)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 3 March 1697, marriage of ‘William Munday ba[chelor] and Mary Sanders wid[ow] Moores both of St Mary Whitechapell by licence’ (GL Ms 9243 p.357)

 

St Augustine Watling Street: 20 May 1697, baptism of ‘Sarah Bamoo, a black Indian about 20 years of age’ (GL Ms 8872/2)

St Botolph Aldgate: 29 May 1697, baptism of ‘Juniper a Black Boy in Red Lyon Cort by the Nags head Hounsdich’ (GL Ms 9226 p.290)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 18 June 1697, baptism of ‘a Black about 18 or 19 year ould of St Martins of the Felds’ (GL Ms 9226 p.29)

 

St Mildred Poultry: 23 September 1697, burial of ‘Valentine, a blackmore, in Bethlehem’ (GL Ms 4429/1)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 20 October 1697, baptism of ‘John Ancor, a Black about 20 years of Age’ (GL Ms 9226 p.32)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 14 January 1698, marriage of ‘Joseph Richards ba[chelor] and Searvent and Moore in Mincen Lane neare the King’s Arms in St Dunstan in the East and Mary Man sp[inster] of the same’ (GL Ms 9243 p.368)

 

St Peter Cornhill: 26 November 1698, baptism of ‘John Philips, a blackmoor, aged 15 years’ (GL Ms 8820)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 26 December 1698, marriage of ‘William Brasset ba[chelor], mariner and more of the Tower Liberty in Wellcheape neare the sine of the Ball against Vogeney Streete and Mary Shipman wid[ow] of the same by banns’ (GL Ms 9243 p.367)

 

St Mary Le Bow: 18 March 1698/9, baptism of ‘Benjamin Popler, a blackamoor aged about 18, servant to Capt. Leonard Brown, of Popler’ (GL Ms 4998)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 21 February 1699/1700, baptism of ‘James Petters a black about 23 years Old, Shipbrewhousefeilds [sic]’ (GL Ms 9226 p.65)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 13 August 1700, baptism of ‘Samuill Towers a black aged 26 years Minories’ (GL Ms 9226 p.71)

 

St Andrew Undershaft: 25 December 1700, burial of ‘Occulaa Hereford a Negroe’ (GL Ms 4107/3 p.123)

 

St Peter Cornhill: 11 January 1700/1, baptism of ‘Thomas Stephens a negro aged about 22 years’ (GL Ms 8820)

 

St Benet Paul’s Wharf: 29 January 1700/1, burial of ‘Richard Nego, a black’ (GL Ms 5716)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 23 October 1701, baptism of ‘William Virgin a blak man. Gravel lane.’ (GL Ms 9226 p.364)

 

St Mary Le Bow: 1 November 1702, baptism of ‘John Matara, a negro man of about 25 years of age, servant to Major Lillington of Barbadoes’ (GL Ms 4998)

 

St Mary Le Bow: 9 August 1704, baptism of ‘Richard Carleton aged [age omitted] a negro man servant to Coll. Hobby, called before Cuffay’ (GL Ms 4998)

 

St Olave Hart Street: 16 November 1704, baptism of ‘Brice Seafore, a Blackamore about 16 years of age was so baptised.’ (GL Ms 28868 p. 137)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 12 April 1705, baptism of ‘William Bristo, a black, son of Phillip and Ann, Swedland court’ (GL Ms 9226 p. 140)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 7 August 1707, baptism of ‘Peter Peraro a Black’ (GL Ms 9666 f.78r)

St Botolph Aldgate: 16 October 1707, baptism of ‘Georg Jackson a Black about 22 years. Gravill Lane’ (GL Ms 9226 p.170)

 

St Mary Le Bow: 8 April 1708, baptism of ‘Susanna Rose, servant to Mr John Rose of Jamaica, a negro woman’ (GL Ms 4998)

 

St Sepulchre Holborn: 30 April 1708, baptism of ‘a black boy, a foundling by order of the churchwarden, Mr Hunt’ (GL Ms 7219/3)

St Botolph Aldgate: 11 November 1708, baptism of ‘Humphrey Newman a Blak, Stony Lane’  (GL Ms 9226 p. 217)

St Botolph Aldgate: 2 December 1708, baptism of ‘Mathew a Blak about 12 year ould. Mr Johnson’s East [Smithfield] (GL Ms 9226 p.183)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 9 November 1709, baptism of ‘Joseph Spencer a Black aged about 18 year a servant to Mrs Moore, widow’ (GL Ms 9666)

 

St Matthew Friday Street: 25 November 1709, baptism of ‘Thomas Harry, servant to Mr James Simmonds, a reformade in the St George Man o war, deceased in the parish of St Peters of the Poor, Broad-Street, a black of Guinea aged about 14 years’ (GL Ms 3713/1) and (HS 63)

 

St Anne and St Agnes: 29 October 1710, baptism of ‘Thomas Sambo, Mr Heywood’s black boy’ (GL Ms 6764/2)

 

All Hallows London Wall: 20 November 1710, baptism of ‘John a Negro s[e]r[vant] Name Quacklin about 19 years of age. (GL Ms 5086 p.90)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 23 December 1710, baptism of ‘George Robins a black aged about 27 year a seaman’ (GL Ms 9666 f.142v)

 

All Hallows London Wall: 21 May 1711, baptism of ‘Tho[mas] Muskey, a Negro about 8 y[ears] old. (GL Ms 5086 p.92)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 25 November 1711, burial of ‘A Black in Flem his name nott known died feavor att Mr Howells in the Street’ (GL Ms 9666 f.167r)

 

St Botolph Bishopsgate: 28 May 1712, baptism of ‘George Thomas, a black about the age of 20 years’ (GL Ms 4516/2)

 

St Botolph Bishopsgate: 28 May 1712, baptism of ‘Charles Niccolo, a black about the age of 8 years’ (GL Ms 4516/2)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 14 August 1713, baptism of ‘Thomas Baker, a Black’ (GL Ms 9239 p.9) Described as ‘a Moor’ in Ms 9238

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 9 November 1713, baptism of ‘Elinor the daughter of Blackmore Howardall and of Rebecca his wife was born November the 1st and baptised November 9th 1713. (GL Ms 9239 p.10)

 

St Olave Hart Street: 25 August 1714, baptism of ‘David Hugely an Indian’ (GL Ms 17818 p.12)

 

St Andrew Undershaft: 26 August 1714, baptism of ‘Margaret Gay an Adult person a Negro & servant to Mrs Mendoz a Jew’ (GL Ms 4107/p.27)

 

St Olave Hart Street: 5 September 1714, burial of ‘John Thomas a malato buried in the Newchurch yard’ (GL Ms 28870)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 6 October 1714, baptism of ‘John Christian a Black and Servant [of] Captain Bows’ (GL Ms 9239 p.11) Described as ‘a moore’ in Ms 9238.

 

St Dunstan in the West: 27 January 1714/5, baptism of ‘Titus Vespatian, aged 15, born in the East Indies, a servant to Mr Thomas Robinson baptised this day at the font’ (GL Ms 10349)

 

St Andrew Undershaft: 13 December 1715, burial of ‘Twittenham, a Negro’ (GL Ms 4107/3 p.139)

 

St Andrew Undershaft: 13 October 1716, burial of ‘Chill Ally a Blackmoor’ (GL Ms 4107/3 p.140)

 

St Olave Hart Street: 31 October 1716, baptism of ‘James Sippio, an Indian, Esq[ui]r[e] Lydal’s Servant’ (GL Ms 17818)

St Botolph Aldgate: 17 December 1716, burial of ‘a Black Man from Dick Smith’ (GL Ms 9232/1 p.467)

St Botolph Aldgate: 25 November 1717, burial of ‘a negro man East [Smithfield]’ (GL Ms 9232/1 p.483)

St Botolph Aldgate: 29 August 1718, baptism of ‘Mary Wright a Black woman Daughter to John and Elizabeth aged 20 years’ (GL Ms 9225/3 p.5)

 

St Margaret Lothbury: 28th April 1719, ‘Lucinder Haseller, a black infant was buried in the churchyard’ (GL Ms 4346/1)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 17 May 1719, baptism of ‘James Freeman a Black man aged 25 years of St Martins Westm[inster] (GL Ms 9225/3 p.18)

 

St Botolph Aldersgate: 21 July 1719, burial of ‘Isbrick, a black-a-moor (also other negroes)’ (GL Ms 3854/5)

 

St Sepulchre Holborn: 4 July 1721, baptism of ‘John Ears, a black born at Antego aged 28 years’ (GL Ms 7221/1 p.236)

 

All Hallows Lombard Street: 12 February 1721/2, baptism of ‘Thomas James Campbell, an Indian youth’ (GL Ms 17614)

 

St Andrew Undershaft: 4 May 1722, baptism of ‘Peter Kohl [?] A Negroe youth at Mr Pepeys (GL Ms 4107/3 p. 33)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 19 May 1722, burial of ‘Mary a Black young Wo[man] Houndsd[itch]’ (GL Ms 9232/1 p.565)

 

St Benet Gracechurch: 19 December 1722, baptism of ‘Mary Augthewood, a milotta [mulatto] aged about 23 years’ (GL Ms 5671)

 

St Andrew Undershaft: 14 June 1723, baptism of ‘George Scipio a Negro, an Adult Person’ (GL Ms 4107/3 p.34)

 

St Olave Hart Street: 17 December 1723, burial of ‘Smoker, Capt. Boulter’s Black in the New Yard’ (GL Ms 28870 p. 79)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 27 April 1724, burial of ‘Thomas Goom a Blackman Ditchside Tower Hill’ (GL Ms 9232/1 p.620)

 

St Andrew Undershaft: 28 June 1724, baptism of ‘Mary Richards, am Adult Person, a Negroe Woman’ (GL Ms 4107/3 p.35)

 

St Andrew Undershaft: 28 June 1724, baptism of ‘Hector Richards, Son of Mary Richards, aforementioned’ (GL Ms 4107/3 p.35)

 

All Hallows London Wall: 20 September 1724, baptism of ‘James, a Black’ (GL Ms 5086 p.133)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 4 October 1724, burial of ‘Tiberoth a Negro Wo[man] Tower Hill’ (GL Ms 9232/1 p.632)

 

All Hallows Lombard Street: 25 November 1725, burial of ‘William Lewis, a black, north church-yard (poor)’ (GL Ms 17615)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 25 December 1725, burial of ‘An Indian man from Mr Stevens’s Whitehart Yard’ (GL Ms 9232/1 p.665)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 2 September 1726, baptism of ‘Francies Lucas born at Barbadoes and was aged about 14 years when baptized.’ (GL Ms 9239 p.27)

 

St Botolph Aldersgate: 26 December 1726, burial of ‘a black man found in Red Lyon Yard’ (GL Ms 3854/5)

 

St Benet Paul’s Wharf: 19 March 1726/7, burial of George Beezo, a black, in the churchyard’ (GL Ms 5716)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 15 August 1727, burial of ‘Benjamin Marlinundar a Black aged 35 years’ (GL Ms 9660 f.34r)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 16 August 1727, burial of ‘Robert a Black in Flem’ [Flemish Graveyard] (GL Ms 9660 f.35r)

 

St Giles Cripplegate: 30 October 1727, baptism of ‘John Weymouth, a black man, born [column left empty]’ (GL Ms 6419/16)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 25 December 1727, baptism of ‘John Price a Black aged 18 years’  (GL Ms 9660 f.1v)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 3 November 1728, baptism of ‘John Atkins a Black 19 years’ (GL Ms 9660 f.3r)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 22 November 1729, baptism of ‘a Black’ (GL Ms 9660 f.5r)

 

St Olave Hart Street: 10 December 1729, burial of ‘Belender a Black Woman from Mr Newport, New Yard.’ (GL Ms 28870 p. 88)

 

St Olave Hart Street: 17 January 1729/30, burial of ‘Pompey a Negro in the New Yard’ (GL Ms 28870 p. 88)

 

St Dunstan in the West: 19 March 1729/30, baptism of ‘Charles Sadler, a tawney moor, about 22 years’ (GL Ms 10349)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 8 January 1731, burial of ‘a still born Black child, Nightingale Lane, East Smithfield’ (GL Ms 9232/2 p.29)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 23 August 1731, baptism of ‘Samuel Williams a Black aged 28 years’ (GL Ms 9660 f.8r)

St Botolph Aldgate: 20 November 1732, burial of ‘a black man whose name could not be had, Eastsmithfield.’ (GL Ms 9232/2) Entry supplied by Alison Diskin

St Sepulchre Holborn: 26 November 1731, baptism of ‘Mathew Quinbone a Blakemore about 20 years ould’ (GL Ms 7220/1 p.13)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 4 February 1732/33, baptism of ‘John Scot a Black aged 16 years’ (GL Ms 9660 f. 10v)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 24 April 1733, baptism of ‘Thomas Edwards a Blackman about 18 years old’ (GL Ms 9225/3 p.280)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 20 November 1733, burial of ‘A man a Black in Flem’ (GL Ms 9660 f.54r)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 23 July 1735, burial of ‘Susannah Roberts a black woman Gravel Lane’ (GL Ms 9232/2 p.111)

 

St Olave Hart Street: 7 October 1735, baptism of ‘Elizabeth Pinnock a Black Woman’ (GL Ms 17818 p. 50)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 4 June 1736, baptism of ‘James Mills a Black of Guinea was baptised. Witnesses James Dunster, Harlon Mills, Elizabeth Mattin.’ (GL Ms 9239 p.38)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 15 December 1736, baptism of ‘James Caesar a black servant to Capt. Nayler, aged 19’ (GL Ms 9660)

 

St Olave Hart Street: 4 January 1737/38, burial of ‘Ann a Black Girl in the New Yard.’ (GL Ms 28870 p. 102)

 

All Hallows London Wall: 7 September 1737, baptism of ‘William Juball, a Black’ (GL Ms 5088 p.19)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 30 November 1737, burial of ‘Henry Johnson 25 yrs Drownd Brown Flem’ (GL Ms 9660 f.65v)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 9 July 1738, baptism of ‘John Brown a Black 26 years’ (GL Ms 9660 f.21r)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 19 January 1738/9, baptism of ‘Henry Stevens a Black 19 years’ (GL Ms 9660 f.22r)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 12 April 1740, baptism of ‘Mackdenal an African of about 17 years of age was baptised by the name of Peter. Chosen witness was George Green, Gent, William Atkenson, Gent, Elizabeth Hanfan [?]’ (GL Ms 9239 p.43).

 

St Katherine Coleman: 18 April 1740, burial of ‘Jacob, Mr Currie’s negro boy’ (GL Ms 17833) described as ‘Jacob, Mr Currie’s negro slave’ in GL Ms 17837A

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 7 May 1740, baptism of ‘Amealia Fell Daughter of Thomas and Mary a Black woman’ (GL Ms 9225/3 p.428)

 

All Hallows London Wall: 23 October 1740, baptism of ‘John Cook, a Black’ (GL Ms 5088 p.23)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 7 December 1740, burial of ‘Black a child from Tower Hill’ (GL Ms 9660 f.74r)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: June 1741 [exact date not given], burial of ‘a stillborn of a Negro woman’ (GL Ms 9232/2 p.238)

 

St Olave Hart Street: 18 December 1741, burial of ‘Joseph Smith a Blackmore under the Tower’ (GL Ms 28870 p.110)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 4 March 1742, baptism of ‘Thomas Carter a Black from Guinea aged about 18 years. Edward Carter, Thomas Hughes and Martha Smith Sponsors.’ (GL Ms 9239 p. 47)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 15 January 1742, baptism of ‘Bina Rose Ray aged 28 year a Black from South Carolina. Sarah Ray, daughter of the above Bina Rose baptised at the same time, 4 years of age.’ (GL Ms 9239 p.47) A family of three all called Smith, all from South Carolina, also baptised this day.

 

St Sepulchre Holborn: 27 August 1742, baptism of ‘James Ambrose, a negro man born in Kings Town Jamaica’ (GL Ms 7220/1) Entry supplied by Barbara McDeson

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 26 January 1743, baptism of ‘William Hopkins a Black about 18 years’ (GL Ms 9660 f.28v)

 

 

All Hallows London Wall: 28 January 1744, baptism of ‘James Brown, a Black’ (GL Ms 5088 p.28)

 

St Edmund Lombard Street: 8 February 1743/4, baptism of ‘John Nicholas, a negro servant living with Capt. Blackmore (Spence) a lodger with Mrs Hutton in St Nicholas churchyard’ (GL Ms 20204) [Spence is written above Blackmore, which is underlined]

 

St Bride Fleet Street: 16th February 1743/4, baptism of ‘William Eaton, an adult Negro. Aged about 17. New Street. (GL Ms 6541/1) Entry supplied by Helen Osborn

 

St Botolph Aldersgate: 15 December 1744, baptism of ‘Lewis Lewis, a black about 13 years old’ (GL Ms 9225/3)

 

All Hallows London Wall: 28 January 1745, baptism of ‘James Brown, a Black’(GL Ms 5088) Entry supplied by Giselle Frank

 

St Sepulchre Holborn: 12 July 1745, baptism of ‘Sabadee an Indian from Bear Alley, in Chick’ (GL Ms 7223/1 p.227)

 

St Andrew Undershaft: 6 August 1745, burial of ‘Elizabeth Carter a Black from the workhouse’ (GL Ms 4107/3 p.179)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 3 November 1745, burial of ‘Black Man, Sun Yard, East Smithfield’ (GL Ms 9232/2 p.308)

 

St Olave Hart Street: 17 November 1745, baptism of ‘Samuel Ante, a Black’ (GL Ms 17818 p. 65)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 1 February 1746, baptism of ‘Henry Phillips a Black 27 years’ (GL Ms 9660 f.35r)

 

St Sepulchre Holborn: 21 April 1746, baptism of ‘John Stewpon, an Indian from Ditchside, in Chick’ (GL Ms 7223/1 p.236)

 

St Sepulchre Holborn: 13 November 1746, baptism of ‘James Brown a Negro aged about 16 years’ (GL Ms 7220/1 p.246)

 

St Gabriel Fenchurch: 23 December 1746, burial of ‘a negro woman belonging to James Douglas Esquire’ (GL Ms 5294)

 

All Hallows London Wall: 20 January 1747, baptism of ‘William, a Black’ (GL Ms 5088 p.32)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 24 January 1747, baptism of ‘James a Black about 22 years’ (GL Ms 9660 f.36v)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 25 November 1747, baptism of ‘Thomas Waters a Black 26 years’ (GL Ms 9660 f.36r)

 

All Hallows London Wall: 25 November 1748, baptism of ‘Margaret a Black’ (GL Ms 5088 p.33)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 7 December 1748, baptism of ‘Arthur Cha[rle]s Deear [sic] Black Man about 43 years of age’ (GL Ms 9225/3 p.569)

 

All Hallows London Wall: 20 January 1748, baptism of ‘William, a Black’ (GL Ms 5088) Entry supplied by Giselle Frank

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 21 January 1748/9, burial of ‘a Black, Fl[em]’ (GL Ms 9660 f.86r)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 12 February 1748, baptism of ‘John Mathews a mulatto 19 years’ (GL Ms 9660 f. 38)

 

All Hallows London Wall: 25 November 1748, baptism of ‘Margaret, a Black’ (GL Ms 5088) Entry supplied by Giselle Frank

 

St Olave Hart Street: 17 January 1748/49, burial of ‘James Solomon a Black under the Tower’ (GL Ms 28870 p.120)

 

St Andrew Undershaft: 30 January 1749, baptism of ‘John a Black ten years old’ (GL Ms 4107/3 p. 56) The rough burial register adds that he is ‘belonging to Mr Thomson’ (GL Ms 4114 p.19)

 

St Sepulchre Holborn: 12 October 1749, baptism of ‘Phillip Bailey, a negro 31 years old born in Africa’ (GL Ms 7220/1) Entry supplied by Barbara McDeson

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 11 March 1750, baptism of ‘Hannah Long, a Black’ (GL Ms 9660 f.42v)

 

St Sepulchre Holborn: 14 October 1750, baptism of ‘John Mahomet Passa aged twenty two years’ (GL Ms 7220/1 p.180)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 26 March 1751, burial of ‘Hannah Long a Black 7¾ Gr [Graveyard] (GL Ms 9660 f. 89v)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 7 June 1751, baptism of ‘James Salisbury, a Black 22 years’ (GL Ms 9660 f. 43r)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 9 November 1751, burial of ‘Charles Morney, Black Man, Long Cellar, East Smithfield’ (GL Ms 9232/2 p.402)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 1 December 1751, baptism of ‘Peter King a Black and Native of Guinea. Witness John Akorman, Alice Hamersley’ (GL Ms 9239 p.60)

 

St Andrew Undershaft: 15 January 1752, burial of ‘A Black man of Capt[ai]n Cowie’ (GL Ms 4107/3 p.188) Given as Capt[ai]n Cowrie in the rough burial register (GL Ms 4114 p. 124)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 29 January 1752, baptism of ‘Jack Mickleba an African aged 2 years and eight months. Chosen witnesses Captain Lane, John Akerman.’ (GL Ms 9239 p. 62)

 

St Andrew Undershaft: 22 February 1752, baptism of ‘Lear a Black woman baptised by the name of Elizabeth’ (GL Ms 4107/3 p.59) The rough burial register adds that she was ‘of White Chapple Parish’ (GL Ms 4114 p.30)

 

St Botolph Bishopsgate: 6 February 1753, baptism of ‘James Cato, a negro, aged 16 years’ (GL Ms 4517/2)

 

All Hallows London Wall: 17 March 1753, baptism of ‘Catherine Shepherd, a black’ (GL Ms 5088) Entry supplied by Giselle Frank

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 6 May 1753, baptism of ‘Adam Gold, Black about 17 years of age’ (GL Ms 9225/4) Entry supplied by Giselle Frank

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 22 September 1753, burial of ‘Thomas Moor, Black Man, Hermitage’ (GL Ms 9232/2 p.424)

 

St Mary Woolnoth: 18 August 1754, baptism of ‘Charles Davis, a Negro, Servant to Mr Peneneaux, was baptiz[e]d the eighteenth Day of this Month.’ (GL Ms 7639 p.77)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 24 August 1754, baptism of ‘John Lynch a Negro from St Kits’. Witnesses are Andrew Berry, Richard Linthwaite, Margaret Pont.’ (GL Ms 9239 p. 67)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 8 December 1754, baptism of ‘John Fife a Negro from Antego. 18 Years Old. Chosen witnesses are John Akerman, Matthew King, Alice Hamersley.’ (GL Ms 9239 p.68)

 

St Sepulchre Holborn: 17 April 1755, baptism of ‘John Wilson Agua, born at Agga on the Gold Coast in Africa about 24 years old’ (GL Ms 7220/1 p.116)

 

St Sepulchre Holborn: 17 April 1755, baptism of ‘George Sackey, born at Abbra on the Gold Coast in Africa aged about 20 years’ (GL Ms 7220/2 p.117)

 

All Hallows London Wall: 17 September 1755, baptism of ‘Francis Jo, a Black servant to Abraham Massiah’ (GL Ms 5088) Entry supplied by Giselle Frank

 

St Sepulchre Holborn: 19 October 1755, baptism of ‘John Leonard about 21 years old born at Jamaica’ (GL Ms 7220/2 p.131)

 

St Mary Woolnoth: 6 January 1756, baptism of ‘Thomas Martin, a Negro Lad, was baptiz[e]d in this Church’ (GL Ms 7639 p.81) [Entry squashed in margin of page under January 1756]

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 31 March 1756, baptism of ‘Joseph Francis Cridjoe, Negroe Man, Aged forty years or thereabouts’ (GL Ms 9225/4 p.53)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 25 May 1756, burial of ‘Black man from Capt Bostock’s, New Square, Minories’ (GL Ms 9232/2 p.459)

 

St Katherine Cree: 31 December 1756, baptism of ‘Penitents, a black of Capt. Holland’s, aged 12 years’ (GL 7889/3)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 2 February 1757, baptism of ‘John Ellis a Negro from Guinea’ (GL Ms 9239 p.73)

 

St Margaret Pattens: 11 February 1757, baptism of ‘Margaret Traunt, a negro woman about 40 years of age’ (GL Ms 5287/2)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 27 February 1758, baptism of ‘John Molrain, a Mulatto 23 years’ (GL Ms 9660 f.58r)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 27 February 1759, baptism of ‘John William Moor, a Blackamoor, 21 years’ (GL Ms 9660 f.60v)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 18 May 1759, baptism of ‘Thomas Bull, a Negro Man baptized by the Rev. Mr Disney’ (GL Ms 9225/4 p.105)

 

St Botolph Bishopsgate: 6 August 1759, burial of ‘London, a negro, aged 16’ (GL Ms 4517/2)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 1 November 1760, baptism of ‘Joseph Greenhill, a Black Man, 40 years’ (GL Ms 9660 f.64v)

 

St Botolph Bishopsgate: 8 December 1760, baptism of ‘George Johnson Levant, a negro thirty years of age when baptised’ (GL Ms 4517/2)

 

St Dunstan in the West: 1 March 1762, baptism of ‘Charlotte Devon, a native of the Phillipine Islands, about 15 years of age; baptized at Mr Sergeant Davy’s in Bell Yard’ (GL Ms 10351)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 4 October 1762, burial of ‘William Pitt, a Blackam[oo]r [aged] 20 Fl’ (GL Ms 9660 f.111r)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 17 October 1762, burial of ‘a Negroe Girl, no name, [from] Castle Yard, [buried in] Houndsditch’ (GL Ms 9232/2) Entry supplied by Cordelia Silver

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 1 December 1762, baptism of ‘Cato George a Negro from Boston in New England. Chosen witnesses [largely illegible, include John … Alice …] (GL Ms 9239 p.86)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 7 March 1763, baptism of ‘Richard Jones, a Black Man, 40 years’ (GL M s9660 f.70v)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 2 April 1763, baptism of ‘John William Baptist, a Black Man, 30 years’ (GL Ms 9660 f.70v)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: May 1763 (no day given), burial of ‘a Black Man’ (GL Ms 9232/2)

Entry supplied by Cordelia Silver

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 14 June 1763, burial of ‘John Rogers a Negro buried in West church yard’ (GL Ms 9242 p.29)

 

St Botolph Bishopsgate: 26 September 1763, ‘Ann Thomas a negro 28 years of age was baptised’ (GL Ms 4517/2)

 

St Andrew Holborn: 24 January 1764 baptism of ‘William Fletcher, an adult black about 25 years of age’ (GL Ms 6667/11). Entry supplied by Valerie Palmer

 

St Olave Hart Street: 15 February 1764, baptism of ‘Samuel Newton, an adult Negro’ (GL Ms 17818 p. 80)

 

St Andrew Undershaft: 2 March 1764, burial of ‘Pathena Rowland a Black Woman’ (GL Ms 4107/3 p.223)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 13 March 1764, baptism of ‘John Banwell, a Black Man’ (GL Ms 9660 f.73r)

 

St Margaret Pattens: 12 April 1764, baptism of ‘Jasper Macklin of St Mary’s County in Maryland, a Mulatto supposed to be about 18 years’ (Guildhall Library Ms 5287/2)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 29 June 1764, baptism of ‘John Andrews, a negro man, aged 22 years. Petticoat Lane.’ (GL Ms 9225/4)

 

St Sepulchre Holborn: 28 May 1764, baptism of ‘George Wallis, Born at Senegal about the year 1747’ (GL Ms 7220/2 p.307)

 

St Sepulchre Holborn: 29 May 1764, baptism of ‘Peter White London born at Jamaica about the year 1754’ (GL Ms 7220/2 p.307)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 3 August 1764, burial of ‘An Indian 23 yrs’ (GL Ms 9660 f.114r)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 26 October 1764, baptism of ‘William George, a Black Man 21 years’ (GL Ms 9660 f.74v)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 8 January 1765, burial of ‘A Black Boy 9 years’ (GL Ms 9660 f.115r)

 

St Andrew Holborn: 11 January 1766, baptism of ‘Charles Eastcheap, a native of Bengal about 15 years of age’ (GL Ms 6667/11)

 

St Andrew Holborn: 14 February 1766, baptism of ‘Edward Peaser, an adult black about 26 years of age from James Street (GL Ms 6667/11)

 

St Andrew Holborn: 23 April 1766, baptism of ‘Charles Juba, a black child about 6 years of age from Mr Crutendens, John’s Street (GL Ms 6667/11)

 

St Andrew Undershaft: 14 June 1766, baptism of ‘Ann Seaton baptized aged 55 being a Black woman’ (GL Ms 4107/3 p.71)

 

St Botolph Bishopsgate: 11 July 1766, baptism of ‘Joseph Robinson, a negro 25 years of age when baptized’ (GL Ms 4517/2)

 

St Dunstan in the West: 11 July 1766, baptism of ‘John Strong, a black aged eighteen years from Shire Lane’ (GL Ms 10351). Entry supplied by Valerie Palmer

 

St Botolph Aldgate: August 1776 [exact date not given], burial of ‘a Black Wom[a]n’ (GL Ms 9232/3 p.47b

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 27 August 1766, baptism of ‘John Jones a Black of John and Jane, 23 years old’ (GL Ms 9660 f.79v)

 

St Andrew Holborn: 13 October 1766, baptism of ‘John Rutter, an adult black from Cross Street about 13 years of age’ (GL Ms 6667/11)

 

St Andrew Holborn: 7 November 1766, baptism of ‘Sarah Cottle, an adult black about 22 years of age, a native of the island of St Christophers’ (GL Ms 6667/11)

 

St Sepulchre Holborn: 17 November 1766, baptism of ‘William Stevens, a Negro about 28 years of age’ (GL Ms 7220/2 p.350)

 

St Andrew Holborn: 12 December 1766, baptism of ‘John Constant, an adult black supposed to be about 35 years of age’ (GL Ms 6667/11)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 26 January 1767, burial of ‘A Black’ (GL Ms 9660 f.117v)

 

St Andrew Undershaft: 12 July 1767, baptism of ‘Charles Ely, an Adult, a Black’ (GL Ms 4107/3) Entry supplied by Giselle Frank

 

St Andrew Holborn: 20 July 1767, baptism of ‘John Waugh, a native of Bengal about 19 years of age from Grays Inn Lane’ (GL Ms 6667/11)

 

St Sepulchre Holborn: 2 June 1768, baptism of ‘John Sherwood, a Black ab[ou]t 21’ (GL Ms 7220/2 p.375)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 2 August 1768, baptism of ‘John Scarcety a Black Man’ (GL Ms 9660 f.84v)

 

St Sepulchre Holborn: 9 September 1768, baptism of ‘Richard Batholomew, a negro black, 20 years old’ (GL Ms 7221/1 p.5)

 

St Sepulchre Holborn: 16 September 1768, baptism of ‘John Brown, a negro about 17 years of age’ (GL MS 7221/1 p.6)

 

St Botolph Aldersgate: 3 May 1769, baptism of ‘Isaac London, NB A black aged 19 years’ (GL Ms 3855)

 

St Olave Hart Street: 7 March 1770, burial of ‘Edward Webb, a negro in old yard.’ (GL Ms 28870 p. 143)

 

St Leonard Shoreditch: 24 April 1770, baptism of ‘William Bustian a Blackmoor supposed to be 26 years of age.’ (GL Ms 7496/7)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 28 June 1770, baptism of ‘Elizabeth Baldwell, a black supposed forty years old’ (GL Ms 9668)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 5 August 1770, baptism of ‘William Pickett, a black man’ (GL Ms 9239). Entry supplied by Wendy Hawke

 

St Gregory by St Paul: 4 September 1770, baptism of ‘Richard London, an Indian’(GL Ms 18935)

 

St Mary Le Bow: 14 October 1770, baptism of ‘John Wilkes, son of Mungby a native of the East Indies’ (GL Ms 4998)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 2 November 1770, burial of ‘Harford, a Black Man, 23 yrs, Flem’ (GL Ms 9660 f. 123r)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 4 November 1770, baptism of ‘William Manby [son of] Edw[ard] and a Black woman seven years’ (GL Ms 9668)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 31st December 1770, baptism of ‘John Jones a black man supposed to be 17 years old’ (GL Ms 9668, on slip of paper inserted into register)

 

St Andrew Holborn: 12 Feb 1771, baptism of ‘James Summersett, an adult negro about 30 years of age, of Baldwins Gardens’ (GL Ms 6667/12)

 

[NB this would appear to be James Somerset, the slave at the centre of the ‘Mansfield Ruling’ of 1772. Somerset, the property of a Boston customs official in North America, was brought to England. After two years he escaped, but was recaptured on 26 November 1771 and forced onto a ship bound for Jamaica. With help from Granville Sharpe, an anti-slavery campaigner, a writ of habeas corpus was granted by Lord Mansfield, the Lord Chief Justice, ordering the captain of the ship to produce Somerset before a court. After many delays, Mansfield ruled in 1772 that  ‘no master ever was allowed here [England] to take a slave by force to be sold abroad because he deserted from his service … therefore the man must be discharged.’ So Somersett won his freedom.]

 

St Benet Paul’s Wharf: 19 February 1771, baptism of ‘Joseph Thomas Newman, a black, was baptized in this church after an affidavit being made previously, before Justice Girdler, that he was no person’s property, but to all intents and purposes sui juris’ (GL Ms 5717/1)

 

St Sepulchre Holborn: 16 April 1771, baptism of ‘Richard Springfield a negro about 17 years of age’ (GL Ms 7221/1 p.51)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 3 June 1771, baptism of ‘John Daniel Dunbar, a black supposed to be 20 years’ (GL Ms 9668)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 5 June 1771, baptism of ‘William Warrington, a black supposed to be 22 years’ (GL Ms 9668)

 

St Matthew Friday Street: 27 October 1771, baptism of ‘Lawrence, a native of the East Indies by the name of John Lawrence, being his surname and he 22 years of age’ (GL Ms 3713/1) (HS 63)

 

St Helen Bishopsgate: 27 October 1771, baptism of ‘John Groggs, a black’ (GL Ms 6831/3)

 

St Sepulchre Holborn: 8 November 1771, burial of ‘a black woman in Chick [Lane, where there was a burial ground for St Sepulchre Holborn], [from] Fleet market, about 31 years old’ (GL Ms 7223/2)

 

St Leonard Shoreditch: 23 November 1771, baptism of ‘Thomas William, a Blackmore about 25 years of age’ (GL Ms 7496/7)

 

St Helen Bishopsgate: 6 December 1771 baptism of ‘George Bacon, a negro & adult’ (GL Ms 6831/3)

 

St Bartholomew the Great: 10 January 1772, baptism of ‘Henry Hill, an East Indian boy about 12 years of age’ (GL Ms 6778/2)

 

St Katharine by the Tower:  19 March 1772, baptism of ‘James Chancellor, a black 18 years old’ (GL Ms 9668)

 

St Mary Woolnoth: 20 March 1772, baptism of ‘George North, a black servant was baptiz[e]d the twentieth day of this month. Woolnoth.’ (GL Ms 7639 p.127)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 1 July 1772, baptism of ‘Henry Jones, a black, 22 years old’ (GL Ms 9668)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 8 July 1772, burial of ‘John Scarcity a Blk 25yrs Flem’ (GL Ms 9660 f.125v)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 5 August 1772, baptism of ‘Joseph Deas, a black twenty two years old’ (GL Ms 9668)

 

St Sepulchre Holborn: 26 August 1772, baptism of ‘John Price, a black ab[ou]t 20 years of age’ (GL Ms 7221/1 p.74)                 

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 30 August 1772, baptism of ‘John Thomas a Black man twenty six years old’ (GL Ms 9668)                                                  

Holy Trinity Minories: 22 October 1772, burial of ‘Rose a Black Girl was buried in the South church yard.’ (GL Ms 9242 p.51)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 30 October 1772 baptism of ‘John Thomas a black twenty six years old’ (GL Ms 9668) Possibly same person as 30th August?

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 12 November 1772, burial of ‘a black youth belonging to Captain Young’ (GL Ms 9232/3)

 

St Sepulchre Holborn: 5 January 1773, baptism of ‘George Ganges, a Black about 10 years of age’ (GL Ms 7220/2 p.80)

 

St Sepulchre Holborn: 23 March 1773, baptism of ‘James Smith, a black’ (GL Ms 7221/1 p.84)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 7 June 1773, burial of ‘Joseph a Black Man Flem’ (GL Ms 9660 f.127v)

St Katharine by the Tower: 23 July 1773, baptism of ‘James John Peter Brocklesby, of Peter, a Negro and Mary Scott. 11 months old.’ (GL Ms 9668)

 

St Andrew Undershaft: 31 October 1773, baptism of ‘Susanna, a Negro servant of Mr Spence’ (GL Ms 4108 p.5)

 

St Sepulchre Holborn: 2nd September 1774, baptism of ‘George Bunn, a black aged ab[ou]t 17 years’ (GL Ms 7221/1 p.111)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 13 September 1773, baptism of ‘William, a black, age unknown’ (GL Ms 9668)

 

St Andrew Undershaft: 31 October 1773, baptism of ‘Susanna, a negro servant of Mr Spence’ (GL Ms 4108)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 9 February 1774, baptism of ‘Richard Pitts, a black twenty one years’ (GL Ms 9668)

 

St Gabriel Fenchurch: 28 March 1774, baptism of ‘Samuel George, from Calcutta in the East Indies, supposed to be about 14 years old’ (GL Ms 5294)

 

St Mary at Hill: 27 December 1774, baptism of ‘Anthony Monday, an East Indian black from Cochin China, about 10 years old, belonging to Mr Moor on St Mary Hill’ (GL Ms 4546)

 

St Andrew Undershaft: 1 February 1775, baptism of ‘a Negro serv[an]t of Mr Coggan’ (GL Ms 4108 p.7)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 24 May 1775, baptism of ‘John Rowland a black 17 years old’ (GL Ms 9668)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 23 June 1775, baptism of ‘John Sofe a black supposed 23 years old’ (GL Ms 9668)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 12 November 1775, baptism of ‘Obediah Choice, a Black man 25 years old’ (GL Ms 9668)

 

St Sepulchre Holborn: 13 May 1777, baptism of ‘Tho[ma]s Scipio, a Negro 30 years old’ (GL 7221/1 P.159)

 

St Andrew Undershaft: 13 December 1777, baptism of ‘William Wells, a negro’ (GL Ms 4108) Entry supplied by Allan Mornement

 

St Margaret Pattens: 3 October 1778, baptism of ‘John Meadows, a Black man born in the West Indias, aged 27 years (GL Ms 5287/2)

 

St Margaret Pattens: 3 October 1778 baptism of ‘Mary Ann Meadows, a Black woman born at Barbadoes aged 24 years’ (GL Ms 5287/2)

 

The entries of John and Mary Ann Meadows are followed by a note by the clerk; ‘said they were married abroad’. 

 

St Sepulchre Holborn: 18 January 1779, baptism of ‘Rich[ar]d Crooks a black aged 22 born in the island of Jamaica’ (GL Ms 7221/1 p.187)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 2 March 1779, baptism of ‘John Robinson a Black man supposed to be about 50 years old’ (GL Ms 9668)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 7 November 1779, burial of ‘A Black F[lem] (GL Ms 9660 f.138v)

 

St Olave Hart Street: 26 April 1780, burial of ‘Ann Frances in New Yard from Work House, wife to a Black servant of Mr Heymans.’ (GL Ms 28870 p. 158)

 

St Lawrence Jewry: 5 November 1780, baptism of ‘Joseph Scott, a black, supposed to be 15 years of age’ (GL Ms 6976) Entry supplied by Suzanne Davis

 

St Sepulchre Holborn: 9 April 1781, baptism of ‘Edward Freeman born in Barbadoes about 25 years old, a Black’ (GL Ms 7221 p.231)

 

St Andrew Undershaft: 3 August 1781, baptism of ‘James Fierce, [one of] two adult negroes.’ (GL Ms 4108 p.14)

 

St Andrew Undershaft: 13 August 1781, baptism of ‘Robert Cooper, [one of] two adult negroes’ (GL Ms 4108 p.14)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 19 November 1781, burial of ‘An Indian Man 34 years Fl[em] (GL Ms 9660 f.142v)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 26 November 1781, baptism of ‘Thomas Hall a Black man supposed about 24 years old’ (GL Ms 9668)

 

St Sepulchre Holborn: 11 December 1781, baptism of ‘John Spence born Jamaica, aged 19 years’ (GL Ms 7221/1 p.245)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 12 December 1781, burial of ‘John Emanuel A Black Flem’ (GL Ms 9660 f.143r)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 19 December 1781, burial of ‘An Indian Flem’ (GL Ms 9660 f.143r)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 22 December 1781, baptism of ‘John Millar, a Black man aged 25 years’ (GL Ms 9668)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 1 January 1782, burial of ‘Paul A Portuguese Indian Flem’ (GL Ms 9660 f. 143r)

 

All Hallows Bread Street: 6 January 1782, baptism of ‘William Thomas, an adult negro aged 20 years’ (GL Ms 5033)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 14 January 1782, burial of ‘An Indian Man Flem’ (GL Ms 9660 f.143r)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 18 January 1782, burial of ‘An Indian Man Flem’ (GL Ms 9660 f. 143r)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 18 February 1782, burial of ‘An Indian Man Flem’ (GL Ms 9660 f. 143r)

 

St Katharine by the Tower. 22 February 1782, burial of ‘An Indian Man Flem’ (GL Ms 9660 f.143r)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 23 February 1782, burial of ‘An Indian Man Flem’ (GL Ms 9660 f.143r)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 10 March 1782, burial of ‘An Indian Man Flem’ (GL Ms 9660 f.143r)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 29 March 1782, burial of ‘An Indian Man [age] unknown Flem (GL Ms 9660 f.143v)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 11 April 1782, burial of ‘An Indian [age] unknown Flem (GL Ms 9660 f.143v)

 

St Andrew Undershaft: 19 April 1782, baptism of ‘Thomas Burge, a Negro’ (GL Ms 4108 p.14)

 

St Sepulchre Holborn: 26 August 1782, baptism of ‘William Tritton, a black born in Barbadoes aged 23 years’ (GL Ms 7221/1 p.263)

 

St Sepulchre Holborn: 26 August 1782, baptism of ‘Joseph Sutton, a black born in South Carolina’(GL Ms 7221/1 p.263)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 18 December 1782, baptism of ‘Joseph Witherilt Thomason a Black supposed 30 years old’ (GL Ms 9668)

 

St Olave Hart Street: 29 December 1782, baptism of ‘Anthony Rogers, Adult Negroe. Witnesses William Dwyer, John Scott, Jane Roberts’ (GL Ms 17818 p. 104)

 

St Andrew Undershaft: 20 February 1783, baptism of ‘Charles Darvhill an adult Negro’ (GL Ms 4108 p.15)

 

St Sepulchre Holborn: 14 July 1783, baptism of ‘Thomas Moor, a negro born in St Kitts aged 19 years’ (GL Ms 7221/1 p.284)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 18 July 1783, baptism of ‘Francis Murray a Black supposed to be about 28 years old’ (GL Ms 9668)

 

St Andrew Undershaft: 26 July 1783, baptism of ‘George Richardson, a negro’ (GL Ms 4108 p.16)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 24 August 1783, baptism of ‘John Bassett, a Black Man supposed 23 years old’ (GL Ms 9668)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: September 1783 [exact date not given], burial of ‘John Tame a Black Man’ (GL Ms 9232/3 p.173)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: October 1783 [exact date not given], burial of ‘a Black Man, [workhouse], P[oor]’ (GL MS 9232/3 p.174)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 10 October 1783, baptism of ‘John Nicholas, a black man supposed about 24 years old’ (GL Ms 9668)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 10 October 1783, baptism of ‘William Butcher, a black man supposed about 40 years old’ (GL Ms 9668)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 26 October 1783, burial of ‘a Black 35 years Flem (GL Ms 9660 f.146v)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: baptism of ‘Ann Katherine Lewis a black woman supposed 49 years old’ (GL Ms 9668)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: January 1784 [exact date not given], burial of ‘a Black Man, Poor’ (GL Ms 9232/3 p.176)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 2 January 1784, baptism of ‘Thomas Simons an Adult Negro Man, Sweedland Court’ (GL Ms 9225/4 p.495)

 

St Sepulchre Holborn: 12 March 1784, baptism of ‘Richard, a black born in Carolina aged 25 years’ (GL Ms 7221/1 p.293)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 31 March 1784, burial of ‘a Black Man - Name Unknown. Gravel Lane.’ (GL Ms 9232/3 p.178)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 18 April 1784, burial of ‘Richard Brant a Black buryed in the south church yard. Poor.’ (GL Ms 9242 p.64)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 23 May 1784, baptism of ‘John Roberson a Black Man supposed to be about 20 years of age.’ (GL Ms 9239 p.128)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: July 1784 [exact date not given], burial of ‘John James, a Black Man’ (GL Ms 9232/3 p.180)

 

St Sepulchre Holborn: 1 August 1784, baptism of ‘Peter Peach, a Negro, born at St Christopher, about 23 years old’ (GL Ms 7221/1)

 

St Gregory by St Paul: 29 September 1784, baptism of ‘William Cuffy and Anthony Greaves, two negro boys brought to England by Capt. Samuel Greaves’ (GL Ms 18935)

 

St Sepulchre Holborn: 17 October 1784, baptism of ‘James Simpson, a negro born at the Grenades supposed about 14 years old’ (GL Ms 7221/1 p.304)

 

St Benet Paul’s Wharf: 21 November 1784, baptism of ‘John Brown, a negro born in the island of Jamaica in the West Indies sometime in the year 1769 and servant to Captain William Perry, now resident in this parish and baptized in this church by the above name by the Reverend Edmund Gibson, rector of this parish…The sponsors were Henry Andrew, Thomas Stretton, and Elizabeth Andrews in the presence of Charles Horne, parish clerk.’ [The entry is marked ‘poor’] (GL Ms 5717/1)

 

St Sepulchre Holborn: 26 November 1784, baptism of ‘Mary de Cruz, born in Bencooling in the East Indies, about 31 years old’ (GL Ms 7221/1)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 24 December 1784, baptism of ‘John Congoe a black man supposed about 38 years old’ (GL Ms 9668)

 

St Mary Woolnoth: 26 January 1785, burial of ‘A Negro man name unknown. Poor. Woolchurch.’ (GL Ms 7639 p.332)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 12 April 1785, baptism of ‘William Derrey a Black Man supposed 18 years old’ (GL Ms 9668)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 13 April 1785, baptism of ‘Richard Johnston a Negroe aged 16 years. No 4 Swan St, Minories’ (GL Ms 9225/4 p.511a)

 

St Sepulchre Holborn: 17 May 1785, baptism of ‘John Mundy aged 34 born at Antego’ (GL Ms 7221/1 p.317) This entry is included in a list of poor baptisms

 

St Sepulchre Holborn: 24 June 1785, baptism of ‘Isaac Sterling, a negro born at New York aged 25 years’ (GL Ms 7221/1 p.334). This entry is included in a list of poor baptisms.

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 13 July 1785, baptism of ‘Luisa Stewart Oglevey, Daughter of Richard and Fillida, a Tawney, aged 10 years. No 8 Circus Minories’ (GL Ms 9225/4 p.515)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 10 October 1785, baptism of ‘John England an Indian supposed about 12 years old’ (GL Ms 9668)

 

St Sepulchre Holborn: 26 April 1786, baptism of ‘Thomas Agringee, a black born at Calcutta about 18 years of age’ (GL Ms 7221/1 p.354). This entry is included in a list of poor baptisms.

 

St Sepulchre Hoborn: 15 July 1786, baptism of ‘John Goy, a negro aged 25 years born at Antegua’ (GL Ms 7221/1 p.354). This entry is included in a list of poor baptisms.

 

St Sepulchre Holborn: 3 October 1786, baptism of ‘George Manuel, a negro born at St Helena about 15 years of age’ (GL Ms 7221/1 p.355). This entry is included in a list of poor baptisms.

 

St Dunstan in the West: 29 October 1786, baptism of ‘John Thomas a black or negroe, about 40 years old from Breams Buildings’ (GL Ms 10355/1)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 17 November 1786, baptism of ‘William Lewis Saunders a Black Man aged 26 years, Upper East Smithfield’ (GL Ms 9225/4 p.536)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 17 November 1786, baptism of ‘Michael William Buck a Black Man aged 24 years. Upper East Smithfield’ (GL Ms 9225/4 p.536)

 

St Sepulchre Holborn: 2 February 1787, baptism of ‘William Bell, a black aged 22 years born in province of New York’ (GL Ms 7221/1 p.375). This entry is included in a list of poor baptisms.

 

St Katherine by the Tower: 28 August 1787, ‘baptism of William Wallis son of a negro man named Pollydore and Ann Wallis, 6 [days old]’ (GL Ms 9668)

 

St Andrew Undershaft: 19 December 1787, baptism of ‘Henry Butcher a Negro aged 51 years’ (GL Ms 4108 p.21)

 

St Benet Gracechurch: 25 March 1788, baptism of ‘John Yarrow, a negro adult from Sierra Leona, aged 16 years’ (GL Ms 17609)

 

All Hallows Barking By The Tower: 14 May 1788, baptism of ‘John Williams, a negroe, about 40 years old’ (GL Ms 38526/4) Entry supplied by David Annal

 

Interestingly, the parish register at this date includes examples of Jews being baptised and Quaker families “registering” the births of their children (though not being baptised).

 

St Margaret Pattens: 22 August 1788, baptism of ‘Thomas Cook, a negro…supposed to be 13 years of age’ (GL Ms 5287/2)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 26 November 1788, baptism of ‘Simon McKormick a black supposed about 24 years old’ (GL Ms 9688)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 25 January 1789, baptism of ‘Elizabeth Shervington, a black supposed to be 28 years old’ (GL Ms 9688)

 

St John Zachary: 2 June 1790, baptism of ‘Thomas Gampier a negro about 8 years of age’ (GL Ms 6769)

 

St Olave Hart Street: 19 October 1791, baptism of ‘Mary Ann Olave, Adult Negro. Witnesses James Berry, Mary-Ann Gooden, Mary Huxstable.’ (GL Ms 17818 p.123)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: December 1791, burial of ‘a black man’ (GL Ms 9232/3)

 

St Benet Paul’s Wharf: 13 September 1792, baptism of ‘Thomas Ford (a negro) born in Africa sometime in the year 1771 and servant to Dr George Harris, new resident in this parish was baptized in the church by the above name by the Rev William Lucas. Witnesses – James Godfrey, John Headford, Elizabeth Allisons’ [The entry is marked ‘poor’] (GL Ms 5717/1)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 14 September 1792, baptism of ‘William Shaw of the Island of Antega born at Barbadoes aged about 40 years’ (GL Ms 9225/4 p.621)

 

All Hallows London Wall: 24 October 1792, baptism of ‘William Bennett, a Black, baptized at the age of 18 and upwards.’ (GL Ms 5088 p.99)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: January 1793 [exact date not given], burial of ‘Thomas a Negro’ (GL Ms 9232/3 p.265)

 

St Andrew Undershaft: 25 September 1793, baptism of ‘Peter London, a Negro aged 18 years’ (GL Ms 4108 p.27)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 2 November 1793, burial of ‘James Wood a Black Man Flem’ (GL Ms 9660 f.170r)

 

St Andrew Undershaft: 4 November 1794, baptism of ‘Samuel Arthur, a negro aged 19, native of Jamaica’ (GL Ms 4108) Entry supplied by Allan Mornement

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 6 March 1795, baptism of ‘Jacob Smith a Black Man aged 18 years, Burr Street’ (GL Ms 9225/4 p.656)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 19 September 1795, baptism of ‘Eliza Dunbar. a black woman aged about 25 years born in the parish of Trelawney in the island of Jamaica, at Mr Daws, no. 86 Little Tower Hill’ (GL Ms 9225/4) Entry supplied by Hannah Cunliffe

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 19 September 1795, baptism of ‘James Brown a Boy aged about 6 years [born in the parish of Trelawney in the Island of Jamaica, at Mr Daws No.86, Little Tower Hill]’ (GL Ms 9225/4 p.663)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 19 September 1795, baptism of ‘Robert Johnston a Boy aged about 6 years in the parish of St Ann’s in the Island of Jamaica, at Mr Daws, No. 86 Tower Hill’ (GL Ms 9225/4 p.663)

 

St Dunstan in the West: 24 January 1796, baptism of ‘Robert Hunter, a black man aged about 25 years, baptized this day, from Kingston, Jamaica’ (GL Ms 10355/2)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 13 March 1796, baptism of ‘George Julius, a black man aged about 22 years, Minories, Tower Hill’ (GL Ms 9225/4) Entry supplied by Hannah Cunliffe

 

St Bride Fleet Street: 30 March 1796, baptism of ‘Mary Daussy Lucas, a native of Madras, supposed to be aged about 15 years, from Mr Hill’s, St Bride workhouse’ (GL Ms 6541/1) Entry supplied by Carol Brown.

 

St Sepulchre Holborn: 1 June 1796, baptism of ‘Martha, a Negro from South Carolina about 26 years old’ (GL Ms 7221/2 p.165)

 

St Olave Hart Street: 23 July 1796, baptism of ‘Maria Butcher, Adult Malotta [and] Jane Daughter of the above Maria Butcher, a Malotta child. Witnesses Elizabeth Butcher, Jane Priestly, Thomas Alsop.’ (GL Ms 17818 p.120)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 25 November 1796, baptism of ‘Ephraim Cummerpast a Black Man supposed to be about 27 years old’ (GL Ms 9668)

 

St Sepulchre Holborn: 14 August 1797, baptism of ‘Thomas Gibbeter, a Negro born at Croix about 18 years of age’ (GL Ms 7221/2)

 

St Andrew Undershaft: 29 April 1798, baptism of ‘Thomas Andrews, a black man aged 40 years’ (GL Ms 4108) Entry supplied by Allan Mornement

 

St James Duke Place: 17 October 1798, baptism of ‘John Thomas Miser, aged twenty years, a black man’ (GL Ms 7893/1)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 23 November 1798, baptism of ‘James Summers a Black Man about 23 years of age born at Ben Island in Africa’ (GL Ms 9225/5 p.25)

 

St Mary Woolnoth: 6 April 1799, burial of ‘A Negro man name unknown. Buried on the sixth of this month in the Churchyard. Woolchurch’ (GL Ms 7639 p.379)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 24 July 1799, baptism of ‘Thomas Williams a Black Man about 19 years old born in Africa, No.6 Brown Buildings, Princes Street’ (GL Ms 9225/5 p. 35)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 4 September 1799, baptism of ‘John Bell a Brown man aged 2 years [appears to be clerical error] born at Savannah La Mar in Jamaica, No. 1 Taunton Court, Minories’ (GL Ms 9225/5 p.37)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 20 October 1799, baptism of ‘George Williams aged about 30 years from S. Dominica n[ative?] of West Indies (GL Ms 9239 p.151)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 20 October 1799, baptism of ‘John Mahoney aged 19 years from Senegal in the Island of Goree’ (GL Ms 9239 p.151)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 27 October 1799, baptism of ‘John Samuel of Peterason on the Coast of Guinea aged about 24 years.’ (GL Ms 9239 p.152)

 

St Margaret Pattens: 3 November 1799, baptism of ‘Frances Samuda, a negro’ (GL Ms 5287/2)

 

St Margaret Pattens: 3 November 1799, baptism of ‘Eliza Woodbine, a negro’ (GL Ms 5287/2)

 

St Olave Hart Street: 10 December 1799, baptism of ‘Peter, a Black Servant to the above A.G. Milne’ (GL Ms 17818 p.136). The entry above is the baptism of Alexander George Milne and his wife Margaret’s child.  It appears their servant and their child has been baptised at the same time.

 

St Bride Fleet Street: 24 December 1799, baptism of ‘Joseph Read a native of Africa about twenty years old servant to David Dick Esq. residing at Mr Valey’s Hotel, Bridge St., Blackfriars.’ (GL Ms 6541/1) Entry Supplied by Carol Brown.

 

St Martin Outwich: 21 May 1799, baptism of ‘John Love, a black adult 23 years old, servant to G. Booth Barrett, Esq.’ (GL Ms 6838/1)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: January 1800 [exact date not given], burial of ‘A Negro Man - No Name’ (GL Ms 9232/3 p.325)

 

St Mary at Hill: 28 February 1800, baptism of ‘William, a mulatto boy aged about 9 years, servant to Captain Appleby, his African name was William van Proyar. Sponsors – William Lunn, Arthur Appleby, Charlotte Taylor’ (GL Ms 4546)

 

St Andrew Holborn: 29 June 1800, baptism of ‘James Shaw Pitman, a native of Barbadoes about 29 years of age’ (GL Ms 6667/14) Entry supplied by Sara Mason

 

St Mary at Hill: 10 October 1800, baptism of ‘John, a black servant to John Roebuck Esq., supposed to be about 32 years of age. NB. His African name was Mentor. Sponsors – John Bates, John Wheeler, Jane Blair’ (GL Ms 4546)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 15 October 1800, baptism of ‘George Warden a Black about 13 age born on the coast of Guinea [New Square Minories]’ (GL Ms 9225/5 p.54)

 

St Olave Hart Street: 21 October 1800, baptism of ‘Frances Daughter of Samuel Laing and Eleanor Allen a Black born Sept[embe]r 6 last, Illegi[timate].’ (GL Ms 17818 p. 138) 

 

St Martin Outwich: 26 October 1800, baptism of ‘John Whynante, a black servant of Berbice about 20 years of age’ (GL Ms 6838/1)

 

St Martin Outwich: 30 November 1800, baptism of ‘Flora Jones, a native of the East Indies, about 18 years of age, living with John Jones Esq. of the Bengal warehouse, East India House’ (GL Ms 6838/1)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 23 January 1801, baptism of ‘John Peer, a Black man supposed about 23 years old’ (GL Ms 9668)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 6 February 1801, baptism of ‘George James Manwearing a Mulatto born November 1777 in Antigua. George St, Minories.’ (GL Ms 9225/5 p.59)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 18 February 1801, baptism of ‘John Diamond a Black Man born at Barbadoes December 25 1781’ (GL Ms 9225/5 p.59)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 10 June 1801, baptism of ‘Joseph Kid, a black man, supposed about 23 years old a native of New York in North America (GL Ms 9668) Entry supplied by Sharon Aylward

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 20 September 1801, baptism of ‘Francis Sewell born about the year 1779 and baptized 20 September 1801 - A Native of Africa. The witnesses were Thomas Oxford and Andrew Clark.’ (GL Ms 9239 p.153)

 

Holy Trinity Minories: 20 September 1801, baptism of ‘Thomas Gayless born about the year 1776 and baptised 20 September 1801 - A Native of Africa. The witnesses were Thomas Oxford and Andrew Clark. (GL Ms 9239 p.153)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 2 February 1802, baptism of ‘Thomas Moore a Black Man born in the year 1772 at Port Royal in the island of Bermuda’ (GL Ms 9225/5 p.72)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 24 March 1802, baptism of ‘Mingo Hunt, a black man 23 years old born in New Providence, one of the Bahama Isles’ (GL Ms 9668)

 

St Mary Aldermary: 18 July 1802, baptism of ‘James Freeman, born AD 1776 in the Island of Tobago in the West Indies, an adult’ (GL Ms 8991)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 8 August 1802, baptism of ‘Richard John Firebrass Perry a black man supposed 36 years of age’ (GL Ms 9668)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 12 November 1802, baptism of ‘Mary Ann Tench a Mallato [sic] aged about 16 years’ (GL Ms 9225/5 p.85)

 

St Bride Fleet Street: 18 May 1803, baptism of ‘a negro girl from Demerara [sic] about 16 years of age residing no.1 Dove Court, New Street Hill (GL Ms 6541/1)’. Entry supplied by Carol Brown.

 

St Mary Le Bow: 12 August 1803, baptism of ‘Marksim Laffayey, aged 23, a native of the island of Dominica’ (GL Ms 5000)

 

St Bride Fleet Street: 17 February 1804, baptism of ‘Thomas Lucas, an adult negro from Martinique, Whitefriars supposed to be aged 28 years.’ (GL Ms 6541/1) Entry supplied by Carol Brown.

 

St Andrew Undershaft: 8 November 1804, baptism of ‘Samuel Barrow Burgess, a Creole, born at Barbadoes in the parish of St Michael’ (GL Ms 4108)

 

St Olave Hart Street: 27 February 1805, baptism of ‘Euphemia Inglis, an African Negro, born about the year 1783.’ (GL Ms 17818 p.148). The baptism entry for John Inglis, son of James and Mary Jane Inglis, of the parish of St Marylebone, immediately precedes this one.

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 24 April 1805, baptism of ‘William Shannons Black Man born at Kingston Jamaica about 16 years ago’ (GL Ms 9225/5 p.125)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 6 May 1805 baptism of ‘Thomas Smith, a black man aged 43 years, born near the River Junk on the coast of Africa’ (GL Ms 9668) Entry supplied by S. Aylward

 

St Michael Cornhill: 2 September 1807, marriage of ‘Samuel Mudian of this parish, bachelor, and Judith Bluton, of this parish, spinster’. Married by banns, witnesses included Sarah Bluton and R.F. Clarke, parish clerk. Entry supplied by Kath Shawcross from Sutton Archives, who adds “Samual Mudian is known to Sutton Archives as a slave from St Kitts working in his owner’s house in Carshalton as his butler. We think his wife is white.” Further details are available from Sutton Archives.

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 6 November 1805, baptism of ‘Catherine Steel a Black Woman from Jamaica 20 years of age’ (GL Ms 9225/5 p.137)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 20 May 1806, baptism of ‘William Oving a Man born in Canton in Chinia about 53 years of age’ (GL Ms 9225/5 p.148)

 

St Andrew Undershaft: 27 December 1807, baptism of ‘William Walpole, a black man christened’ (GL Ms 4108). Entry supplied by Allan Mornement

 

There are baptisms of the children of a Samuel & Susannah Walpole in this volume – so perhaps William is their servant?

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 30 March 1808, baptism of ‘Thomas Fortune, aged 22, a native of the coast of Guinea, servant to Henry Rosewyk, merchant of Surinam’ (GL Ms 9668) 

 

This entry is followed by baptisms of Claas Jonas van Rooswyk (1 September 1809), Joseph van Rooswyk (11 April 1810) and Isaac van Rooswyk (11 April 1810) Sarah van Lutz (10 August 1810) and William van Rooswyk (10 February 1811) all described as being “born at Surinam” or “native of Surinam”. Their ethnicity is not described, but these entries may be of interest in connection with the entry above.

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 15 November 1808, burial of ‘A Black Man - name unknown’ (GL Ms 9232/3 p.417)

 

St Andrew Undershaft: 22 January 1809, baptism of ‘Edward Thomas Graham, a black man’ (GL Ms 4108) Entry supplied by Allan Mornement

 

St Andrew Undershaft: 27 October 1809, burial of ‘John Le Pont a Black Man aged 18 years [churchyard]’ (GL Ms 4108 p.153)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 16 January 1810, baptism of ‘a Black Man - unknown’ (GL Ms 9232/3 p.434)

 

St Bartholomew the Less: 1 April 1810, baptism of William Mitchell ‘a native of “Demera”, West Indies, aged 14, being at that time a patient in the hospital of St Bartholomew’ (M. Spearman ,Transcript of General Register, fiches 75)

 

St Andrew Holborn: 17 November 1810, baptism of ‘John Anderson, native of the island of Celylon, about 25 years of age’ (GL Ms 6667/15) Entry supplied by Graham Pratten.

 

St Mary Aldermary: 11 March 1811, baptism of ‘Abba Ledgerton, a female adult born February 1791 on the estate of Stephen Soame Esq. in the Island of Tobago. Sponsors – Mrs Soame, Miss Charlotte Frith, Mr Joseph Frith’ (GL Ms 8991)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 19 June 1814, baptism of ‘Charles Mole, a negro about 23 years of age born at Goree; Hanson’s Gains [abode]; Mariner [occupation]’ (GL Ms 9675 p.8)

 

St Katharine by the Tower: 24 June 1814, baptism of ‘John Berrick a negro of about 30 years of age born at Goree; Whitehall Court [abode]; Mariner [occupation]’ (GL Ms 9675 p.9)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 2 November 1814, baptism of ‘Anthony Hammond, born 6 August 1777 in Barbados, Brown’s Buildings, mariner’ (GL Ms 9231/1 p.72)

 

St Sepulchre Holborn: 27 September 1815, baptism of ‘Rosetta Sarah Weston, African parents, Smithfield Barrs, Servant’ (GL Ms 7221/4) Entry supplied by P. O’Neill

 

St Bartholomew the Less: 27 November 1815, baptism of ‘Thomas Wilson, son of Thomas Wilson & Lucy; an adult of Baltimore, North America, an African negro, formerly in slavery, but now free.’ (M. Spearman, Transcript of General Register, fiches 75)

 

St Bartholomew the Less: 2 January 1816, baptism of ‘Alexander Marmesty Marmaty an adult of Africa; an African negro formerly in slavery, but now a patient in Pithcairnes Ward’ (M. Spearman, Transcript of General Register, fiches 75)

St Botolph Aldgate: 3 April 1816, baptism of ‘Rebecca daughter of William Hudder and Catherine (a black woman)’ (GL Ms 9231/2 p.34)

 

St Botolph Aldgate: 6 May 1818, burial of ‘Black Man (name unknown) Workhouse’ (GL Ms 9232/5 p.61)

 

St Andrew Undershaft: 22 September 1820, burial of ‘A Black Man, [from the] Hercules, Leadenhall Street, Age not known’ (GL Ms 4112 p.18)

 

St Andrews Undershaft: 26 September 1829, burial of ‘George Reynolds, a stranger from the East India Service, a native of St Helena, Hercules, Leadenhall Street’ (GL Ms 4112) Entry supplied by David E Rencher

 

St Dunstan in the East: 4 April 1830 burial of Sarah, a black girl from Tower Street, aged 16, in North Yard. (GL Ms 7860/2) Entry supplied by David E. Rencher

 

St Bartholomew the Less: 8 October 1896, marriage of ‘Benjamin William Quartey-Papatio, 33, bachelor, physician, of St Bartholomew’s Hospital, son of William Quartey-Papatio, African Chief & Elizabeth Sabina Meyer, 19, spinster, of Ockham, Surrey, daughter of Richard Meyer, merchant (M. Spearman, Transcripts of General Register, fiches 75)

 

St Mary Woolnoth: 27 December 1939, baptism of ‘Puran Chandra Christodas Joshi’. The parents are Padma Datt & Mrs Joshi. Papworth Everard is given as their residence.  Father’s occupation is given as ‘printing (Hindu)’ (GL Ms 21549 p.72)

 

 

Outside the City, and further afield:-

 

St Leonard Shoreditch: 22 July 1765, baptism of ‘Jonathan Strong, a blackmoor, about 18 years of age’ (GL Ms 7496/7)

 

Jonathan Strong was found by Granville Sharp on a visit to his brother William Sharp’s surgery in 1765. Strong had been brought to London from Barbados as a slave by a lawyer and planter called David Lisle, who had apparently beaten him. William arranged for Strong to go to St Bartholomew’s where he was treated for four months due to the extent of his injuries. After his discharge the brothers paid for his food and lodging until they found him a job. However, his former master sold him 2 years later to a planter called James Kerr, and Strong was lured by professional slave hunters to a ship for transport. Jonathan, who along with many other slaves believed that his baptism had set him free, called on the Sharps for help – this incident led Sharp to begin his campaign to seek a definitive legal ruling that it was unlawful to kidnap black slaves in England and to make efforts to rescue kidnapped slaves.

 

St Leonard Shoreditch: 26 June 1805, burial of ‘Betty, a black woman servant to the Rev Mr Stancourt of Hoxton Square, aged 17 years’ (GL Ms 7499/12)

St Leonard Shoreditch: 27 September 1816, baptism of ‘Catherine Lydia, [surname unknown] daughter of [left blank] has gone by the name of Mahoney, an African of Kingston, Jamaica. [Abode] Brunswick, Hackney Road, servant, supposed to be born 1 December 1792’ (GL Ms 7496/19) Entry supplied by Ms Lyla Horley

 

British Factory [i.e. merchant community], Lisbon, Portugal:

15 June 1737, baptism of ‘William, a black belonging to Mr Bonsfield’ (GL Ms 10446/1)

25 September 1737, baptism of ‘George Coffee, an English black’ (GL Ms 10446/1)

7 September 1738, baptism of ‘Nelly, a black belonging to Henry Benson’ (GL Ms 10446/1)

6 January 1739, baptism of ‘Anne, a black belonging to Mr Warden’ (GL Ms 10446/1)

25 January 1739, baptism of ‘Emma, a black belonging to Mrs Haines’ (GL Ms 10446/1)

15 July 1739, baptism of ‘George, a black belonging to Mr Cotin’ (GL Ms 10466/1)

10 May 1740, baptism of ‘Cleopatra, a black belonging to Thomas Brooks’ (GL Ms 10446/1)

29 September 1741, baptism of ‘Jonathan a black belonging to Mr Scrafton’(GL Ms 10446/1)

27 October 1741, baptism of ‘Mary a black belonging to William Leyborne’ (GL Ms 10466/1)

8 March 1743/4, baptism of ‘John a black belonging to Robert Want’ (GL Ms 10446/1)

1 April 1744, baptism of ‘Thomas a black belonging to James Watts’ (GL Ms 10446/1)

19 April 1748, baptism of ‘George London, a black belonging to John Stubbs’ (GL Ms 10446/1)

26 September 1749, baptism of ‘Julius Caesar, a black boy belonging to the consul, Mr Russel’ (GL Ms 10446/1)

25 July 1754, baptism of ‘Thomas, a black boy belonging to Joseph Fowkes’ (GL Ms 10446/1)

29 September 1756, baptism of ‘Catharine Jones, a black’ (GL Ms 10446/1)

7 April 1757, baptism of ‘Mary, a black belonging to Mrs Roberts’ (GL Ms 10446/1)

30 November 1758, baptism of ‘Andrew, a black belonging to Mr Robert Mayne’ (GL Ms 10446/1)

20 February 1765, baptism of ‘Mark, a negro of Mr Edward Taylor’ (GL Ms 10446/1)

14 January 1766, burial of ‘Black Jack, servant of Mr G Allen’ (GL Ms 10446/1)

13 July 1766, ‘John and Thomas, two blacks belonging to Mr Gerard Devisize were baptised at church’ (GL Ms 10446/1)

18 September 1768, ‘baptism of ‘Elizabeth, a black consigned to Mister Thomas Mayne’ (GL Ms 10466/1)

29 March 1779, burial of ‘Catharine Jones, a black servant of Mister Maigs [?]’ (GL Ms 10446/1)

9 July 1784, burial of ‘John Hall, a negroe’ (GL Ms 10446/1)

10 November 1785, burial of ‘John Faithful, a black’ (GL Ms 10446/1)

6 March 1786, baptism of ‘Edward Pembroke, an Indian servant of the Reverend Westmore Hulse, aged seventeen years’ (GL Ms 10446/1)

21 February 1789, baptism of ‘Juliana, an Indian aged about twelve years’ (GL Ms 10446/1)

15 October 1790, baptism of ‘Francis John, an Indian servant of Mr Thomas Brown, about nine years of age’ (GL Ms 10446/1)

 

British Factory, Oporto, Portugal

22 January 1737, baptism of ‘John, a servant to Mr Smith’ (GL Ms 10446A)

13 February 1752, baptism of ‘Eleanor, a black from Carolina’ (GL Ms 10446A)

10 April 1752, baptism of ‘Henry, a black from Carolina’ (GL Ms 10446A)

13 April 1752, baptism of ‘Katherine Phillis, a black from Carolina’ (GL Ms 10446A)

9 November 1752, baptism of ‘Charles, a black’ (GL Ms 10446A)

 

Macao, China: 1 October 1823, baptism of ‘Nancy, daughter of [not christened], whose surname was Ruth, a slave, of Macao’ (GL Ms 11218 p.331)

 

Odessa, Russia: 9/12 November 1896, burial of ‘Samuel Thomas, age 21, fireman on board British SS Douglas Hill, died in hospital November 1/19. Born in Barbados, West Indies (a coloured man). Buried New English Cemetery, Odessa.’

 

 

Entries from other records

 

Minutes of the Court of Governors of Bridewell: 15 December 1576, in relation to Ann Levens, a prostitute, presented before the Court: ‘She sayeth that a tall blacke man with a blacke beard and a straunger had the use of her body at Mrs Esgrigges at White Fryers’ (GL Ms 33011/3 f.97). Entry supplied by J. Freeman

Digital images of the minutes of the Court of Governors of Bridewell are available on the www.bethlemheritage.org.uk website.

 

Minutes of the Court of Governors of Bridewell: 15 May 1577, Peter Peringe, ‘a blackamore confessed he had the use of the body of Margery Williams’ (GL Ms 33011/3 f.218). Entry supplied by J. Freeman

 

All Hallows Staining, Churchwardens’ Accounts: 1596/7, ‘received for the buriall of a black more 000-00-04’ (GL Ms 4956/2, f.185)

 

St Michael Cornhill, Churchwardens’ Accounts 1602(?), ‘Item given the ninth of Januarie unto a poore Barbarian w[hi]ch had binne robbed at sea and taken by Pirates the like not to be allowed’ (GL Ms 4071/2 f. 38v, top of page) Entry supplied by Anne O’Grady

 

St Michael Cornhill, Churchwardens’ Accounts 1614-1615, ‘Given Nicholas Argoro a Persian that boughte letters from the Lords of the Council but the like is not to be allowed hereafter (Ms 4071/2 f. 26, top of page)

 

Commissary Court ‘Ex Officio’ Book: April 1632, ‘Grace--, a blackamoore presented by churchwardens for living incontinently with Walter Church. Stepney (GL Ms 9065E/1 f.81)

A name, possible from the other party, is given but is illegible.

 

Worshipful Company of Skinners, Receipts and payments ledger 1646-72 ,‘Paid given the 2 Nigroes that ridd the Lucernes - £00-12-00’ (GL Ms 30727/7 p.448). Entry supplied by Stephen Freeth.

This is one of the entries in the Triumph accounts of Lord Mayor Tichborne, 1656

 

John Oldbury, merchant of London, out-letter book, beginning 1669, references to ‘the blacks in Barbados’ and report of ‘cutting their masters’ throats’ (GL Ms 18470/1 f.1) Entry supplied by Matthew Payne.

 

St Andrew by the Wardrobe, Poor Accounts of the Churchwardens and Overseers: List of payments for 1679 includes ‘Expenses for getting a blackmore away being sick and in want 0:0:1’ (GL Ms 2089/2). Entry supplied by Henry Meier

 

Sion College, Court minute book: General Court minutes for 2 May 1710, ‘The 4 Indian Sachems then in town, on an embassy to the Queen from their respective Cantons, and comonly known by the names of Tee Yee Neen Ho Ga Row, King of the 6 Nations, Ho Nee Yeath Gaw No Row, King of the Genesegarick, Eh Tow Koam, King of the River Nations, and Sa Ga Yeath Qua Rath Tow, King of the Maquas (but christned Henry, John, Nicholas, and Brent), being invited to the Anniversary Feast by the Right Reverend our Visitor [i.e. the Bishop of London] (who had confirmd the first, third, and fourth of them in the chappel at Fulham on the Sunday foregoing, the second sick at that time), the three former accordingly came (the last being indisposed) accompanied by Clement Cottrel Esquire in Her Majesties coach, with Col. Nicholson, Col. Schuyler and their interpreter, and after dinner there was presented to each of them by the President in the name of the whole body in the presence of the Visitor, Governors and Fellows of the College, a Common Prayer Book octavo finely bound in Turkey leather, The Society for Propagating the Gospell in Foreign Parts having beforehand presented to each of them a quarto Bible bound in the same manner, as their negotiation here related in a great measure to the sending over missionarys to those territorys in North America to which they belonged.’ (GL Ms 33445/1 p.594). The text is quoted in EH Pearce’s Sion College and Library (1913), p.194.

 

Worshipful Company of Joiners, Apprentice Binding Books: 11 March 1717/8 ‘John Satia putts himselfe Apprentice to William Attey, Citizen and Joyner of London for 7 yeares in consideration of £10 charity paid by Thomas Gerrard, Merchant.’

 

According to Vivienne Aldous in My Ancestors Were Freemen of the City of London, John Satia was a black man who served his full term as an apprentice in the Joiners’ Company and completed the criteria for admission to the City Freedom. Aldous writes “under the custom of London, admission by servitude was a right, not a privilege and could not be refused. Despite this, Satia’s path to becoming a City freeman was anything but smooth. He had to petition to secure his admission, stating that he had “often heard Mr Gerrard, a merchant since deceased, say that he brought him from Barbados when he was about two years old, and that he was born there, and that the said Mr Gerrard put him out as an apprentice”. The chamberlain sought clarification as to admitting him, ostensibly on the grounds that there was no documentary proof that he was a British subject, and not an alien, but the court of aldermen, whilst allowing Satia to become free, subsequently ordered that in future no black person should be bound apprentice or made a freeman of any of the city livery companies, thus effectively barring them from the city freedom also.” (pp.30)

 

St Botolph Aldgate, Churchwardens’ Accounts: Beginning 19 April 1723, multiple and frequent payments to ‘the Black woman’ until August 1723. A selection of payments from the accounts follows:

‘27th April: to the Black woman                                                        0:2:0

29th April: to the Black woman’s nurse for looking after her                     0:2:6

May: to the doctor for curing the Black woman from the pox        1:10:0            

20th June: more to the Black woman to get clear of her               0:6:0

The parish is still paying in August, though the August entries appear to be the last ones (GL Ms 9235/3).

Entry supplied by B. Heller

 

Commissary Court Cause Papers: 25th October 1725, probate inventory of Col. Joseph Jorye on his property in Bethnal Green in Stepney, “not including his negroes and estate at Nevis in the West Indies”. (GL Ms 9186/4)

 

Allhallows London Wall: entry in vestry minutes of 26 August 1729 “order’d that Joseph Steele the blackamore be put on the pention table at eighteen pence a week” (GL Ms 5342/1) Entry supplied by Roger Smith

 

London Assurance: entry in a volume entitled “Opinions of Council” comprising of legal statements relating to marine insurance cases. This entry (on p.58) consists of a report and judgement relating to an “insurrection of negroes” which caused a London vessel carrying ivory, gold and slaves to be run aground on the coast of Africa. (GL Ms 18829)

 

Commissary Court Will Register: proved January 1740, will of Mary Smith ‘and to the coachman and Black footman my fellow servants the sum of five shillings each to be paid within twelve months and a day’ (GL Ms 9172/145) Entry supplied by Alice Wolfram

 

Commissary Court Will Register: proved 24 October 1745, will of Ruth Thomas ‘a negro woman’ of Edmonton, county of Middlesex, who died 1st July 1745 (GL Ms 9171/70). Entry supplied by Brian Warren.

 

Commissary Court Will Register: proved 16 June 1747, will of Thomas Rowdey, ‘a native of the Indies, a mariner’ (GL Ms 9171/72)

 

Commissary Court Will Register: proved 19 September 1754, will of Thomas Falkland ‘a black and freeman native of the Island of Jamaica,’ bachelor, late of the merchant ship “Parham”. Leaves his estate valued at £100 to Andrew Logan, mariner of St Paul Shadwell (GL Ms 9171/77 & Ms 9172/161) Entry supplied by Brian Warren.

 

Copy out- letter book of "J.F.", an English attorney of Saint Elizabeth and Kingston, Jamaica, to various London merchants concerning his administration of their Jamaican estates, particularly in relation to the sugar trade: 28 April 1763.

‘I have taken the liberty of troubling you with the case of a mulatto boy who came in the Prince George Capt. Blake, when he arrive[d]. You [will] be pleased to send the said boy down to school at Knayton near Thyrsk in the north part of Yorkshire, under the care of Mr Addison who keeps a large school there and will board and school him at £10.10 per annum and every thing found… (GL Ms 14280 f.28v) Entry supplied by Daniel Livesay

 

Piepowder Court Minutes: 5 September 1794 and numerous occasions in the following years. This volume records the attractions, stalls and amusements at Bartholomew Fair, which includes references to the ‘Negro’, the ‘White Negro’, the ‘Spotted Indian’ and the ‘White Indian’. (GL Ms 95)

 

This volume provides a fascinating insight into the entertainments enjoyed by eighteenth century Londoners. The Piepowder Court minute book was on display at the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons as part of their exhibition A Visible Difference: skin, race and identity 1720-1820.

 

Bishop of London’s Marriage Allegations: 3 November 1793 ‘John Davinier of the parish of St Martin in the Fields in the County of Middlesex, bachelor, above the age of twenty one years, intendeth to marry Dido Elizabeth Belle of the parish of St George Hanover Square in the same County, spinster, above the age of twenty one years…in the church of St George Hanover Square.’ (GL Ms 10091/169) The bond adds that John Davinier’s occupation is servant (GL Ms 10091E/106).


Dido Belle's historical significance relates to her unusual position as a black girl taken into the care of William Murray, first earl of Mansfield (1705–1793). Mansfield was the uncle of Sir John Lindsay and he seems to have welcomed Dido into his household as a companion for his great-niece, Lady Elizabeth Murray (c.1763–1823). Dido lived with the family at their house in Bloomsbury Square until 1780 and then at Kenwood House.

 

Sun Fire Insurance Office: policy number 828725 dated 30 March 1809 for ‘house on west side, south end, tenure of Gould, used as a lodging house for Lascars’ (GL Ms 11936/447). Entry supplied by Michael Harper

 

St Katharine by the Tower (Hospital): 18th January 1803, ‘William Johnson, a black admitted. Discharged February 21st 1803.’ (GL Ms 2694/1)

 

Historical notes, press cuttings and other papers regarding theatrical shows and other curiosities held at Bartholomew Fair, with notes concerning the Court of Piepowder: 6 September 1822, press cutting of following incident: ‘S. Aldernane, a black who stands on his head, and in that position drinks a pot of porter, had performed the feat, it seems, so often as to have got himself beastly drunk, and in that state had committed assaults upon two or three persons, for which he was now held to bail.’ (GL Ms 1514)

 

Billingsgate Ward Wardmote Minutes: 8 December 1829, ‘Complaint [about] the Rose & Crown. John Davey (black man) used to board Hodge with Cullen 5 weeks at Rose & Crown and since with Thomas Davey the present landlord. Caroline, Lucy and other bad girls frequent the House. Thomas Davey, Occupier of Rose & Crown, Love Lane, on his own acco[r]d in Mr Cullen’s name. (GL Ms 51/2)

           

            The case is heard several pages later on Plow Monday, January 1830, whereby Thomas Davey is found to have kept and maintained a ‘certain ill governed and disorderly House known by the sign of the Rose & Crown…and in the s[ai]d House for the lucre and gain certain persons as well men and women then and on the s[ai]d other days & times there unlawfully and willingly did cause and procure to frequent and come together and the s[ai]d men and women in the s[ai]d House of him Thomas Davey at unlawful times as well as in the night as in the day then and on the said days and times these to be and remain drinking, tipling [sic] whoring and misbehaving themselves…’ No further mention is made of the involvement of John Davey.

 

Lloyd’s of London, Minutes of General Meetings of Members: 29th March 1854. ‘The Honorary Bronze Medal [for Saving Life at Sea] to Simao Alves, a free Black, one of the Crew of the Brazilian Steam Packet Pernambucana who, when that vessel was wrecked near St Katherine’s in the Brazile, on the 9th October last, in the most courageous manners swam through the heavy surf thirteen times, and succeeded, by his noble and unaided exertions, in saving no less than thirteen lives.’ (GL Ms 31570/5)

 

St Botolph Aldgate, Pauper Examination Books, 3 March 1865: ‘Ann Tofft (24) sister of George Newton (12 born 24 Nov 1852 at 6 Three Kings Court), Sarah Newton (8 born 1856 at 12 Peatten Court), Frederick Newton (6 born 29 Jun 1859 at same place) and Samuel Newton (2 born Apr 1862 at Horseshoe Alley); their father Charles William Newton and mother Mary Ann Newton married at St George in the East 20 Aug 1839; her father born in West Indies of native parents, he was an upholsterer and [served apprenticeship in West Indies - struck through]; her mother was English but does not know where she came from or of any relations; her father died 7 Nov last aged 49 at Three King Court been there 2 years before that in Horseshoe Alley, Wilson Street, Finsbury; her mother died 11 Jan last.’ (GL Ms 2676/25) Entry supplied by Cliff Webb

 

Finsbury Technical College, Index of day and evening students

Name: Yau, Lew Chai

Dept: E&M

Sessions in Attendance: 1914-1915

School educated: -

Final result: -

Address: 143 Cromwell Road, South Kensington

Remark: Evening student, complete electrical course, workshops

(GL Ms 21967/7)

 


With acknowledgements to Dr Imtiaz Habib; Marika Sherwood, for her series of three articles on “Black People in Tudor England” which appeared in issues 38-40 of the Black and Asian Studies Association Newsletter (April – Sept 2004); members of the public named among the entries; other members of the public who remain anonymous; and the staff of the MSS Section.


 

Last updated 29th September 2009

 

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