One of Cassiobury's black servants.
A remarkable man from a remarkable family
The burials of two black men are recorded in Watford parish records.
These records show the baptisms of three black servants in the 18th century.
The militia lists from 1782-86 record the name of George Doney, a servant at Cassiobury, who was captured in Gambia as a child.
Estate records from the 18th century list 'Doney the Black' among the servants.
Artists routinely positioned black people at the edge of the canvas. This painting of Cassiobury Park is an example.