Francis Barber

(c. 1745—1801) servant

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(c.1745–1801). Domestic servant to Samuel Johnson. He was born a slave in Jamaica, but his date of birth and original name are unknown. He was brought to England by Richard Bathurst, formerly a planter in Jamaica, who had him baptized and who gave him the name by which he is known. Bathurst sent him for some time to a school at Barton in Teesdale in Yorkshire, and his will (dated 1754) left Barber his freedom and £12.


From The Oxford Companion to Black British History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: British History.

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