Archibald, John

Battle:3 Sep 1650, Battle of Dunbar, at Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
Ship/Arrival:Unity; Dec 1650, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Prisoner and List:John Archibald, #2 on George S. Stewart’s “Scots at Lynn 1653. Iron Works Inventory
Name Variations:Archbell, Archibald, Asbill, Ashbill
Residences:Lynn, Essex, MA and New Haven, Connecticut
Other SPOW Associations:
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Published: 18 August 2018
Updated: 05 Sep 2020
Researchers: Andrew Millard, Teresa Rust
Editor: Teresa Rust

Contributed by Dr. Andrew Millard in July 2018:
According to, Christopher Gerrard, Pam Graves, Andrew Millard, Richard Annis, and Anwen Caffell, in, Lost Lives, New Voices: Unlocking the Stories of the Scottish Soldiers at the Battle of Dunbar 1650, (England: Oxbow Books, 2018), on page 246, John is categorized as: Definite [that he is a Dunbar prisoner transported on the Unity] Archbell/Archibald/Ashbill, John. Residences: Lynn MA, New Haven CT. Appears: 1653. D.1690. [Exiles; Banks; DR; SPOWS; Ch.7 & 8] For explanations of the category, abbreviations and references see List of Dunbar prisoners from Lost Lives, New Voices.

First Generation in the New World

1. JOHN¹ ARCHIBALD, was born, presumably in Scotland and died in Connecticut in 1690.

Biographical Notes:
He lived in Lynn, Massachusetts and New Haven, Connecticut.

Asbill, John, d. [ ], 1690
ASBILL, John” Connecticut: Vital Records (The Barbour Collection), 1630-1870 (Online Database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011.) From original typescripts, Lucius Barnes Barbour Collection, 1928.