Britain's First Black Justice of the Peace?


Was Nathaniel Wells Britain's first Black JP? He was a very wealthy man and an active member of his local community in Monmouthshire. These documents show him being sworn in as a Justice of the Peace in 1806. He was also a slave owner, having inherited a plantation from his father, William Wells. When enslaved people were emancipated, he received government compensation.

C 202/194/8 (1806)

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