Canade, Thomas

Battle:Battle of Dunbar in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
Ship/Arrival:Unity, Dec 1650
Prisoner and List:
Name Variations:Canade, Canyda, Kennedy
Residences:Scarborough, Maine
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Published: 20 Aug 2018, Updated: 28 Mar 2019
Page contributors: Rosann Beauvais, Andrew Millard, Teresa Rust

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), 1

on page 249, Thomas is categorized as:

Probable [that he is a Dunbar prisoner transported on the Unity]

Appears: 1657. D.1660. Killed by a falling tree. Inquest jury included three other Scots. [Exiles; DR] 2 3

For explanations of the category, abbreviations and references see List of Dunbar prisoners from Lost Lives, New Voices.

1. THOMAS¹ CANADE/CANYDA, b. possibly in Scotland; d. 26 Dec. 1660.4

“Thomas Canyda…” was reportedly “…killed by the falling of a tree upon him near the house of Thomas Humphreys, in 1660.” The location was at the Oyster River area. 5

“We whose name are underwritten being called together & paneled a jury by Phillop Chesley, constable of Dover, to view & take notice of the sudden death of Thomas Canyda, do find & declare as followeth:
That the said Thomas Canyda according to our understandings was killed by a tree near to the house of Thomas Humfres, the tree being found upon him, & was forced to be cut before he could be got from under it, & this we judge was the cause of his death, witness our hands 26:10:60 [26 Dec. 1660]… John Bickford, John Davis, Mathias Gyles, willm willyams, John Meader, Thomas Stevenson, Charles Adams, Thomas willy, willyam Smith, pattericke Ginison, James middleton, Joe feild, Steven Joanes. Taken uppon oath ye day & yeare above mentioned before me Valentine Hill Comisioner.4 6

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  1. Gerrard, Christopher M.., et al. Lost Lives, New Voices: Unlocking the Stories of the Scottish Soldiers at the Battle of Dunbar 1650. Oxbow Books, 2018, p. 249. []
  2. Stackpole, Everett Schermerhorn. Scotch Exiles in New England. 1922. Coll. 733 & 831, Collections of the Maine Historical Society, Portland ME. []
  3. Rapaport, Diane. Working List of Early New England Scots. 2015. []
  4. Hammond, Otis G., editor. New Hampshire Court Records 1640-1692 [New Hampshire Provincial and State Papers]. Vol. 40, The State of New Hampshire, 1943, pg. 468-469, Internet Archives, [] []
  5. Stackpole, Everett S., and Lucien Thompson. History of the Town of Durham New Hampshire (Oyster River Plantation). Vol. One, Narrative, [Durham N.H.] : Published by Vote of the Town, 1913, pg. 46, 77, Internet Archives, []
  6. NHPP- Vol. 40, pp. 468-9 quoted in Focus on County Courts- Great Migration Newsletter- Vol. XVIII, p. 13. []