The Original Lists of Persons of Quality

Who Went from Great Britain to the American Plantations, 1600-1700. Localities Where They Formerly Lived in the Mother Country, the Names of the Ships in Which They Embarked and Other Interesting Particulars


Author: Hotten, John Camden
Publication Date: 1874
Reprint Date: 2007
Pages: 580 pp.


This is the most famous of all ships’ passenger lists and historically the most important single-volume list of English-speaking immigrants of the colonial period ever published. Transcribed from the records of the British State Paper Office, it contains the names of over 11,000 immigrants with their ages, former places of residence, and the names of ships in which they embarked. The use of the book is greatly enhanced by a sixty-six page index, giving the Christian as well as the family name of all immigrants cited in various lists throughout the work.

“It has never been superseded and remains the most outstanding of its kind in genealogical reference.”– Library Journal, Oct. 15, 1962.

“Such a wide variety of material is included that pages would be needed even to list it all.”–DAR Magazine, Jan. 1963..

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