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Sarah (Sally) Bassett

Sarah (Sally) Bassett was an enslaved woman owned by the estate of Francis Dickinson of Southampton.

June 1st, 1730, she was tried on the "suspicion of poisoning several persons" including the mariner Thomas Forster (who owned Sally's granddaughter Beck), his wife Sarah Forster, and Nancey, a household bondswoman.

Sally was charged with supplying Beck with the poison that Nancey discovered in the wall of the kitchen outlet.  Although Sally maintained her innocence, stating that she "never deserved" the sentence given for the offence, she was burned at the stake.

Local lore holds that it was extremely hot when Sally was executed; and even now, Bermudians may refer to a scorchingly hot day as "a real Sally Bassett day".

At the time of her sentencing, Sally was valued at one pound, four shillings and sixpence.

Another local legend says that Bermuda's national flower, the Bermudiana, grew from Sally's ashes.