He determined to return to his birthplace at the West Indies, but was prevented by the Battle of Lexington.
He was in Boston when the battle occurred.
He dared not return home, he dared not stay in the town, so he hastened to Newburyport and took passage for Halifax.
From there he went to England.
He bitterly repented his course; but he was an absentee, and his property was confiscated.
By the good offices of Dr. Simon Tufts his estate was kept together.
He died in England in 1781.
By will he left a silver cup to the church in Medford.
A special act of the Legislature was necessary before it could be delivered.
He bequeathed to the town a piece of land in Granby upon which $100 was realized.
His estate was not settled until 1805.
A man of great hospitality, charity, and charm of manner, Colonel Royall lacked the firmness which the times necessitated.
He was never considered an active enemy of the Colonies, but the principle of the times was, Who is not for us