One of Cassiobury's black servants.
A remarkable man from a remarkable family
"My name is Miriam; I was born in Pakistan. My family lives in Pakistan..."
"I came to England for the first time at the age of 21. I came with my brother and my best friend Beata..."
"I am a French national who was born in a French little village in 'Basse-Normandie'..."
"I was born in village Roli of Azad Jammu of Kashmir on 28th of April..."
"I came to England for the first time at the age of 12. I came with my mum and two sisters...."
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.