Life in New England

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Published on: 1 Jul 2014
Updated: 1 Nov 2015

The prisoners on the ship Unity and John and Sara were deported to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the American Colonies in 1650 and 1652. It is presumed that the prisoners were mainly indentured in Massachusetts. After their indenture some of them moved-on into other surrounding states, such as New Hampshire, Maine and Connecticut, etc.

For more information see:
Rapaport, Diane. “Scots for Sale, The Fate of the Scottish Prisoners in Seventeenth-Century Massachusetts,” (New England Ancestors. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2000-2009.) (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009.)

John Winthrop, Jr. and the Hammersmith Iron Works, on the website Mass Moments

The Scots Charitable Society of Boston, Massachusetts

SPOWs in The Essex Genealogist, 1986

Saugus Iron Works at Lynn, Massachusetts

Iron Works Document supplied by James McCall

Iron Works Document supplied by James McCall


One Response to Life in New England

  1. hinchinbrooke says:

    THis is an interesting document and highlights the responsibility of the master in an Indentured agreement. Alexander MacMallen and his wife Elizabeth had their fine paid by Edmond Batter.
    THe master was lible for the behaviour of his indented servants, that was for medical fees too.
    If you look up John Cotton on the internet, you will see how some masters prepared for their new servants.

    Also. The difference in Religion should not have made a big difference. Scotland had become a Theocracy under the Presbyterians. Only the Highland Clans had the power to continue in their own religion. Other than that, there was no freedom and Scotland was trying to impose their system on the English. The Scottish Prisoners were not used to religious freedom.

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