Penelope Lovesy 24/10/2020 21:26:52
An entry in the 17th century Town Accounts of Poole reveals that, in the early1600s Francis Kent paid a fine of £1 15s
‘for releasing him of his punishment, inflicted on him att the quarter sessions, the which he was adiudged unto for begetting a basterd on the Blackmore Elizabeth Ferdinando’.
Where Elizabeth Ferdinando came from, why she was in Poole and what happened to her and the child is a mystery, but this was likely to have been one of the first mixed race children born in the town.
*Blackmore was an old word for a Black, Moslem North African.
From research done by Jenny Oliver.