"S" is for Sayle, William [d. 1671]

Sep 2, 2020

"S" is for Sayle, William [d. 1671]. Governor. In 1641 Sayle was appointed governor of Bermuda—a postion he held off and on for the next twenty years. In 1648 he and a group of adventurers failed in an attempt to establish a new colony in the Bahamas. In 1670 he was named governor of the new colony of Carolina and was on the first ship of settlers. Arriving at Port Royal, he and the settlers originally chose to settle on the western side of the Ashley River. As in Bermuda political strife plagued Sayle’s administration. In letters to the proprietors, several prominent colonists blamed the governor’s puritan religious outlook, advanced age, and failing health for many of the colony’s problems. In 1671a dissident faction tried unsuccessfully to unseat governor. William Sayle died shortly thereafter.