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Duncan Jacobite Prisoners to the Americas 1716


Among the persons transported to the American colonies in 1716 were 637 Scottish rebels captured at Preston, Lancashire, on 14 Nov 1715. The rebels were supporters of the exiled James II of England and his heirs. There were many such adherents among the Roman Catholics of Scotland, and some in Ireland, and among the Nonjurors, a dissident group within the Church of England. 

During the rebellion of 1715 the rebel forces entered Preston on 9 Nov and, after proclaiming as their king the chevalier of St. George, remained there for several days, during which the government forces advanced upon them. The town was assaulted, and on 14 Nov the rebel general Thomas FORSTER surrendered his army to the King's forces. Persons shown below, as compiled from ten ship manifests, were taken prisoner and sent to the American Colonies the following spring as indentured servants for a seven-year period. Those who refused to be voluntarily indentured were forced into that condition upon arrival in the colonies. 

According to a receipt given to the commissary general of the rebel prisoners, 639 prisoners were transported, but, for reasons unknown, only 636 were named in the manifest four of them Duncans. It should be noted that not all prisoners reached the destinations originally designated.



Ship "Two Brother" Capt Edward RATHBON, bound for Jamaica from Liverpool 26 April 1716 with 47 prisoners.

Duncan, Alexander

Duncan, John


Ship "Elizabeth and Anne". commander Edward TRAFFORD, bound for VA and Jamaica from Liverpool 28 July 1716 with 126 prisoners (128 prisoners listed in manifest).

Duncan, Robert


Ship "Scipio" commander's name and destination not given, from Liverpool 30 March 1716 with 95 prisoners.

Duncan, John



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