Monday, June 11, 2012

Anthony Black: 'An Indian born at Madras'

Towards the end of the 18th Century the burial registers of Deptford St Nicholas contain a number of entries where the deceased is decribed as 'A Lascar from a Ship'. Lascars, in this context, were Indian sailors employed on British Ships.

Perusing the Baptism registers for the beginning of the 18th Century, I came across this entry dated 28 January 1704 for Anthony Black:

Anth. Black being an Indian born at Maddaras bapt in ?? Church

Anthony Black is unlikely to have been the first non-white in Deptford, but he the earliest that I have found recorded, so far.

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