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Published: 06 February 2021

By Andy Ross

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Reasonable Blackman

Reasonable Blackman was a silk weaver, living in Southwark, and working in the trade from about 1579 to 1592.

Reasonable, also possibly called John Reason and Reasonable Blackmore, had immigrated from the Netherlands and was notable because he was one of the few independent business owners of African heritage working at the time of the Tudors. This remarkable man is noted in church records of the time through baptismal records of his children, and death records of two of his offspring who died of plague and are buried in the churchyard of St Olav's Church.

You can read more about Reasonable and the research that uncovered the stories of black Tudors here.