Captaine John Greene

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Captaine John Greene biographical information
Title Firstname Lastname
Captaine John Greene
John Greene signature (1657), HCA 13/71 f.643v
Name variants
John Greene
John Greene (signature, 1657)

Person Occupation Training Citizen Birth year Death year Birth place Res parish Res town Res county
Captaine John Greene Fishmonger 1617 1667 Unknown Saint Magnus the Martyr London

Evidence from HCA
Volume Date Deponent Deposition start
HCA 13/71 Apr 21 1657 Captaine John Greene HCA 13/71 f.643r Annotate
HCA 3/46 Apr 21 1657 Act book entry HCA 3/46 f.15r Annotate

Other information

Captaine John Greene describes himself as a fishmonger in a High Court of Admiralty deposition made in 1657. He similarly describes himself in his will, proven in 1667.

However, there is an entry in one of the Act Books of the High Court of Admiralty, dated Mar 22 1654, referring to sureties provided by a William Greene and a John Greene, both of the parish of "Magnes parish the Bridge, London". In this entry both men are described as salters. They stood surety in the sum of £1216 for George Margetts, who had brought a case against five sixteenth parts of a ship formerly called the Loyalty, but now the Reformation (Master: Anthony Earnest).[1] The 1666 London hearth tax has two entries for John Greene on "Thames Streete ye North syde". "John Greene fishmonger" is rated at 6 hearths and John Greene salter is rated at 7 hearths. The two entries are separated by two cheesemongers.[2]

Robert Latham (1983) in his companion volume to the Diary of Samuel Pepys identifies Maj. Green(e) as Major John Green(e), fishmonger. He states that Greene was made freeman of the company in 1637, and was a Common Councilman 1654-1656, 1658-1660, 1664-d.1667.[3]

Not to be confused with Captaine John Greene, mariner, of East Smithfield in the parish of Saint Mary Matsellon alias Whitechappell, Middlesex, who deposed in the High Court of Admiralty on July 15th 1650, and again on Nov 4 1653.[4]

PROB 11/323/212 Will of John Greene, Fishmonger of Saint Magnus the Martyr, City of London. 09 February 1667

Textual information

A Prerogative Court of Canterbury will is available for "Thomas Fisher" with probate date Feb 09 1667.
  1. HCA 3/46 f.15r
  3. Robert Latham, The Diary of Samuel Pepys: Companion (Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1983), p.160
  4. HCA 13/63 f.306v; HCA 13/68 f.168v