Edward Thompson

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Edward Thompson
Person Edward Thompson
First name Edward
Middle name(s)
Last name Thompson
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Occupation Mariner
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Training Not apprentice
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Has opening text Edward Tompson
Has signoff text Edward Thompson
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Language skills English language
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Res street Shadwell
Res parish Stepney
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Res county Middlesex
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Res country England
Birth year 1607
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/71 f.219r Annotate
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Deposition date(s) May 10 1656
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Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
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Biographical synthesis

Edward Thompson (b. ca. 1607; d. ?). Mariner.

Formerly commander of the ship the Ruth in 1648 and 1649.

Resident in Shadwell in 1657.

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Forty-nine year old Edward Thompson deposed on May 10th 1656 in the High Court of Admiralty. He was examined on an allegation on behalf of Maurice Thompson in the case of "Pett against the Ruth and Morrice Tompson."[1]

During the period 1648 and 1649 the Ruth was in the dock of Peter Pett, deceased by 1656. Edward Thompson supervised all the work "about her altering repairing and fitting" done in the dock on her.

Edward Thompson stated that he "from time to time paid all the workemen every Satturday night during the continuance of the said worke every carpenters, cawkers, seamen and others, and dischardged all wages and worke donne upon her by the day, and all that was donne while she was in the dock of Peter Pett deceased". Two sheathings were paid directly by Mr Pett. In addition to paying wages, Edward Thompson had "paid the said Mr Pets man (by his order) the summe of two hundred and fiftie pounds for stuff and timber in part of discharge of the bill of the said Mr Pett for the said repaires.

When the work was close top completion, Edward Thompson advised one of the owners, Maurice Thompson, to meet with Mr Pett to agree a final price. This Maurice Thompson did "in the house of William Tompson the cawker in the said mr Petts yard in the presense of the said William Tompson and of this deponent." The price of the two sheathings remained in dispute - Pett demanded £280 and Maurice Thompson offered £270. Pett did the work and still demanded £280, but Maurice Thompson paid him just £270. Supposedly, Mr Pett lived for a further three years after completion of the work and never demanded any more.[2]

Comment on sources

  1. HCA 13/71 f.219r
  2. HCA 13/71 f.219r; HCA 13/71 f.219v