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Snippets from Poole Archives

“The Blackmore* Elizabeth Ferdinando”

User Avatar 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.

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