John Bishopp

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John Bishopp
Person John Bishopp
First name John
Middle name(s)
Last name Bishopp
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Occupation Mariner
Secondary shorebased occupation
Mariner occupation Cooper
Associated with ship(s) Hercules (Zachary Browne)
Training Not apprentice
Is apprentice of
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Had apprentice(s)
Citizen Unknown
Literacy Marke
Has opening text John Bishopp
Has signoff text Cross-hatching
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Language skills English language
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Res street Limehouse
Res parish Stepney
Res town
Res county Middlesex
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Res country England
Birth year 1610
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First deposition age 48
Primary sources
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Allegation start page(s) HCA 24/113 Item 117 IMG_112_10_3574-3584
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/72 f.310r Annotate
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Allegation date(s) Mar 31 1658
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Deposition date(s) Apr 6 1658
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Has infobox completed Yes
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Has HCA evidence completed No
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Ship classification
Type of ship In service of Commonwealth
Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
Role in Silver Ship litigation None

Biographical synthesis

John Bishopp (b. ca. ?; d. ?). Cooper.

Cooper on the ship the Hercules, which served as a man of war in the service of the Commonwealth in September to December 1652.

He was resident in Limehouse in the parish of Stepney in 1658.

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Forty-eight year old John Bishopp deposed on April 6th 1658 in the High Court of Admiralty.[1]

The case involved a dispute between Captain Zachary Browne, master of the Hercules, and her company, of whom Bishopp was one. The Hercules was a large ship of war, with a burthen of 400 to 450 tons, thirty-two guns and a sizeable crew. The ship ran aground near the Dutch fleet in December 1652 near Dungness. The captain wanted to engage part of the Dutch fleet, but allegedly his crew disobeyed his commands and boarded the ship's long boat, intending to abandon ship. As a result, the Hercules was captured by the Dutch.

Zachary (alt. Zacharia) Browne commanded the merchant ship the Hercules from 1650 to 1652 in the service of the English Commonwealth. The incident the Admiralty Court case of 1658 refers to occured at the Battle of Dungeness, and ended with the Hercules being taken back to the United Provinces by its captor, Bastiaan Centen, commander of the ship the Haes. As a consequence, Zachary Browne was courtmartialled, convicted and dismissed from the Commonwealth navy for incompetence. He returned to naval service under Charles II, being appointed captain in 1664. He commanded the forty gun ship the Assistance at the battle of Lowestoft, and in a number of subsequent battles in the second Anglo-Dutch war.[2]

Comment on sources


Allegation in the High Court of Admiralty given by proctor Mr Smith on behalf of Zachary Browne, captaine of the ship the Hercules in the immediate service of the English Commonwealth on March 31st 1658, short title of the cause is 'Browne against severall marriners'. One of the articles of the allegation lists fifty-three mariners' names, who are alleged by Browne to have deserted the ship.[3]
  1. HCA 13/72 f.310r
  2. Blog entry by James C. Bender, dated January 10th 2005, on 'Anglo-Dutch Wars blog', James C. Bender, 2003-2007, citing R. C. Anderson, List of English Naval Captains 1642-1660, 1964; Michael Baumber, General-at-Sea, 1989; Frank Fox, A Distant Storm: the Four Days' Battle of 1666, 1996; and David Syrett, R. L. DiNardo, The Commissioned Sea Officers of the Royal Navy 1660-1815, 1994, viewed 08/11/2016
  3. HCA 24/113 Item 117 IMG_112_10_3574-3584