a Silver Collar about his Neck

19 Feb

From the London Gazette5th January 1687.

‘On the 30th of December last, Run away from Mr. Thomas Dymock at the Lyon Office in the Tower, a black Boy, with about 10 [pounds] in Silver, and one Guinea; he is aged about 16, wore three colored Coats, two grey, his uppermost Cinamon colour, lined with black, black Shagg Facings on the Sleeves, great Stockings, a Silver Collar about his Neck, Engraven, Thomas Dymock at the Lyon Office. Whoever shall apprehend him, and bring him to the Lyon Office in the Tower, shall have two Guinea’s Reward, and Charges born. He speaks but bad English, and hath holes in both his ears.’

A little context here.

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4 Responses to “a Silver Collar about his Neck”

  1. Brodie Waddell February 21, 2013 at 10:53 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this, John. Those are some gut-wrenching advertisements. … Only last week one of my students asked me about the presence of black servants and slaves in England in the early modern period. All I was able to say was that the numbers were very small but began to grow in the late 17th century as it became increasingly ‘fashionable’ amongst the aristocracy and gentry (which I’m pleased to see was correct), but now I can offer a bit more detail next time I’m asked.

    • earlymodernjohn February 22, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

      Thanks, Brodie. It’s fascinating – and often horrific – material, and seems to pop up a fair bit in the Gazette.

      It also made me think of some research that was publicised a while back about black people in Elizabethan London, and which made me wince a little bit at the notion of a black ‘community’ in sixteenth-century England. Link here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18903391

      On another note – can’t quite believe I hadn’t linked to the Many-Headed Monster here before! Going to go update the blogroll…

      • Brodie Waddell February 22, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

        Yes, that’s an interesting BBC article. Although I too flinch a bit at the terminology, it’s still nice to see coverage of early modern social history on the Beeb!

  2. caligularothschild December 15, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

    Is this ‘Lyon’s Office’ the heraldic Lord Lyon?

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