Scots Prisoners sent to Berwick, Maine - 1651
In November 1650 a number of these prisoners were apparently sent
to Boston in the "Unity," arriving in New England early in 1651,
no doubt. Sixty of these prisoners were sent to Lynn, to work in
the iron industry, and the others dispersed. As the prisoners were
sold as indentured servants at about 30 pounds each, the average
passage at the time being about 5 pounds, Col. Banks has suggested
that the owners of the "Unity" cleared a handsome profit of about
1,500 pounds on the trip.
John Gifford, Saugus iron works manager, wrote in 1653: "For 62
Scotts died and 35 only left on the works, 17 to Awbrey, 3 to
commissioners; 2 sold and rest we desire to whom disposed of,
which is 5 at 20 pounds. Col. Banks listed the following as being
probably prisoners who settled in Berwick, formerly a part of
Kittery, Maine: Niven Agnew, James Barry, Alexander Cooper,
William Furbush, Daniel Ferguson, Peter Grant, George Gray,
William Alexander Gowen, David Hamilton, Thomas Holme, John Key,
Alexander Maxwell, John Neal, John Ross, John Taylor, William
Thomson and James Warren.
Dear Mr. McIntyre,
I noticed that in this article
there is mention of my ancestor Peter Grant. I thought you might
be interested in a little more information about him.
He was the son of James and Agnes Grant, and born in
Inverness-shire, Scotland. His brother James also was
transported, after the battle of Worcester, and married a woman
named Joanna. James disappeared. This made a scandal, because
Peter was left living with his sister-in-law. They both ended up
Peter and Joanna married. They seem to have had eight children.
Peter died in Berwick, Maine on 12 March 1712. There is a
website concerning him here:
Articles on Scottish History