Purcell, James

(born c. 1718 – died after 1750)

Local connection
Baptised as an adult at St Mary’s church, Lewisham.

Biography
All the parish register tells us for his entry is 'James Purcell, a black servant to Mr Purcell at Boydes at Lewisham, aged 32 years’ was baptised at St Mary’s church, Lewisham 24 March 1750.

More can be discovered about James’ possible origins because 'Mr Purcell' also had a commemorative inscription at St Mary’s, Lewisham.

Mr Purcell was Governor of the Tortola Island, Virgin Islands from 1750 – 1751, so it is possible that James had come over with him from the Virgin Islands.

'Boydes' was probably a reference to Augustus Boyd, who owned a plantation on St Cristopher (now St Kitts) and acted as an agent for Leeward Islands plantation owners.

Boyd's son John bought Danson House and used the huge profits from the plantations to create the house we see today.

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