Boye, John

Battle:Battle of Worcester in Worcester, Worcestershire, England
Ship/Arrival:John & Sara, May 1652
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Published: 16 Dec 2014, Updated: 24 May 2019
Page contributors: Dr. Andrew Millard, Teresa Rust

John Boye, on the John and Sara Passenger List

(Roy, John. #95 on George S. Stewart’s Captured at Dunbar List. Probably the John Boye listed on the John & Sara and not a Dunbar prisoner.)

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 256, John is categorized as:

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

Roy/Boy, John. Residences: Charlestown MA. Appears: 1660. Probably the John Boy listed on the John & Sara and not a Dunbar prisoner. Kinsman to Alexander MacDonald. [Exiles; DR; SPOWS; Ch.7]

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

“The 17th of Janiae, 1662, a Tickett granted and given out to John Roy, of Charlestowne, for the Cutting and Carring of twelve cord fire wood from of the Comon, on Mistick side, by Selectmns order. James Cart, Recorder” Henry H. Edes, ed., A Report of the Record Commissioners Containing Charlestown Land Records, 1638 – 1802, (Boston: Rockwell and Churchill, 1883), 83.

From the old book published in 1913 by Lucien Thompson, History of Durham, New Hampshire (two volume set, vol. 2 was done by Everett Stackpole), there is an entry about Alexander MacDonell, John Roy‘s cousin. This part was under the section called “Exiles from Scotland” in Vol 1:
“The following deposition is found in Boston among the papers pertaining to the settlement of his estate: The testimony of Phillip Cheasly aged about forty six years saith that about ten dais before Ellexander MagDunell was drowned being att the sd deponents house heard the sd MagDunell say that if he died that he would give all that he had to his cosen John Roye livinge att Charlestown and further saith not.” dated 2 Feb. 1663.

Another little bit says this –
“Allexander MackDouel (often times in the old printing of text, “u’s” were used when an “n” was not available), was taxed at Oyster River in 1661, and his estate was taxed in 1663. He was drowned between York [Maine] and Dover [NH], 16 Jan. 1663, and his property was awarded to a kinsman, John ROY of Charlestown, Mass.”
FROM: Genforum

Exiles From Scotland