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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.

Manuscript Source: 

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 in court.

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:

Abigail Leskey

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