According to Mitchell , the first vampire , or first vampire to lead a double life in Bristol , was called Richard Turner. He arrived in 1630 and lived in Bristol, leading to the strong vampire presence in the modern day city. Turner became a slave trader and stood for Parliament. It is rumoured he killed over one thousand people.
It is unknown if he is still alive at the beginning of the series, but if he is, it is likely he is one of the Old Ones .