Cornelius van Bommell

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Cornelius van Bommell
Person Cornelius van Bommell
First name Cornelius
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Last name Van Bommell
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Occupation Merchant
Secondary shorebased occupation Bookkeeper
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Training Not apprentice
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Res parish Saint Catherine Coleman
Res town London
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Res country England
Birth year 1620
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First deposition age 34
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/68 f.499r Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Feb 22 1654
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Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
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Biographical synthesis

Cornelius van Bommell (b. ca. 1620, Salt Boemel/Bommell in Gelderland; d. >1666). Merchant.

Bookkeeper for London merchant Luke Luce. Wrote much of Lucy's commercial correspondence and entered data into his account books.

Had served Luke Luce since ca. 1644.

Born at Salt Bommell in Gelderland in the United Provinces. Son of Peter Van Bommell and Alice, his wife.[1]

Resident in 1655 in the parish of Saint Catherine Coleman. Luke Lucy himself was resident in ffanchurch street, London, in the parish of Saint Catherine Coleman.

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

February 1654

Cornelius van Bommell deposed on February 22nd 1654 in the High Court of Admiralty. He gave his age as thirty-four and stated that he was "a native of Salt Bommell in Gelderland". Van Bommell had served Luke Lucie for eleven years (so from ca. 1644).[2]

As Luke Lucie's bookkeeper, Cornelius van Bommell was "seeing and entring or writing the most of his dispatches in traffique". Van Bommell had reviewed the relevant letters from Batten, Lucie's factor in Libaun in the Ducy of Curland, and from Lucie's factors in Dantzicke.[3] Batten had been Lucie's Libaun factor for several years and had laden several ships at Libaun with linseed and other goods with Roscow in France as their destination. Van Bommell believed Batten to be resident in Libaun and a subject of the Duke of Courland, and had lived there and elsewhere in the East Country for the last 17 or 18 years. On account of the wars with Holland, Mr Lucie had instructed Batten to fill out the bills of lading in Batten's not Lucie's name.Luke Lucie's brother Jacob Lucie was to come in for a twelfth part of the goods. Van Bommell too came in for a twelfth part of the goods, and a Mr John Cole, and English merchant "now in the west country") for a quarter part. The entire lading was to be sold at Roscow by Mr Delaport, who was Luke Lucie's factor there.[4]


Cornelius van Bommell deposed again on XX in the High Court of Admiralty. He was examined on an allegation on behalf of Luke Lucy in "The clayme of Lucas Lucy for goods taken out of the John Baptist by Edward Payne commander of the vessell called the Saint Ives Scout.[5]

April 1659

Cornelius Van Bommel(l) deposed together with Abraham Gualtier (sic) in the High Court of Admiralty for a third time on April 30th 1659, together. They identified themselves as London merchants. They stated that the ship the ffortune of London (Master: Claes Vandevelden) belonged to Mr Luke Lucy of London merchant, and that he bought her in London in 1653 and has ever since employed her in his service. In November 1658 Luke Lucy had let the ship to freight to Mr Arnold Sartillon, a London merchant, for a voyage from London to Mallaga and back to London. To keep the ship safe from seizure by the Spanish, Luke Luce employed Vande Velde as master, since he was a citizen of Bergen in Norway. Both Gaultier and Van Bommel stated they were servants of Luke Luce when he bought the ship and continued to serve him in 1659.[6]


Cornelius van Bommell deposed on XXX 1666 in the High Court of Admiralty. Van Bommell makes reference to alleged dealings between Mr Luke Lucy (by then deceased) and the London Prize Office. The specific dispute was over the purchase of a ship named the Prophet Elias.[7]

Comment on sources

  1. W.A. Shaw, Letters of denization and acts of naturalization for aliens in England and Ireland (London, 1911), p.91, citing Naturalisation Bill, passed 24th July 1663 (15th Car II No.25)
  2. HCA 13/68 f.499r
  3. HCA 13/68 f.499r
  4. HCA 13/68 f.499v
  5. HCA 13/70 f.287v
  6. HCA 13/73 f.705r
  7. HCA 13/76 f.51r