John Browne

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John Browne
Person John Browne
First name John
Middle name(s)
Last name Browne
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Occupation Mariner
Secondary shorebased occupation
Mariner occupation Master
Associated with ship(s) Mary of Topsham (Master: John Browne)
Training Not apprentice
Is apprentice of
Was apprentice of
Had apprentice(s)
Citizen Unknown
Literacy Marke
Has opening text John Browne
Has signoff text IB
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Language skills English language
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Res town Apsham
Res county Devon
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Res country England
Birth year 1585
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First deposition age 70
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/70 f.290v Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Apr 20 1655
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Has infobox completed Yes
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Ship classification
Type of ship Merchant ship
Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
Role in Silver Ship litigation None

Biographical synthesis

john Browne (b. ca. 1585; d. ?). Mariner.

Late master of the ship the Mary of Topsham.

Resident in 1655 in Apsham in the county of Devon.

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Seventy year old John Browne deposed on April 20th 1655 in the High Court of Admiralty. He was examined on interrogatories on behalf of "Richard Westcombe, Nicholas Warren and Thomas Pitt merchants touching a losse in the Mary of Topsham in a matter of Assurance".[1]

John Browne stated that the owners of the Mary of Topsham were Richard Westcombe, Nicholas Warren, and Thomas Pitt at the time of her setting out on a voyage from Wexford in Ireland for Rochell or Nants in France.[2]

His ship was attacked near Ushant by and Ostend man of war (Captain: Peter Blinckorne), seized and carried to Ostend, where she was confiscated "as being bound for France to discharge".[3]

Comment on sources

  1. HCA 13/70 f.290v
  2. HCA 13/70 f.290v
  3. HCA 13/70 f.291r