Francis Meare

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Francis Meare
Person Francis Meare
First name Francis
Middle name(s)
Last name Meare
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Occupation Merchant
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Training Not apprentice
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Has opening text Francis Meare
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Language skills English language
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Res parish Saint Michael Crooked Lane
Res town London
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Res country England
Birth year 1625
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First deposition age 33
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/70 f.246v Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Feb 28 1655
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Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
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Biographical synthesis

Francis Meare (; d.?). Merchant.

Resident in the parish of Saint Michael Crooked Lane in 1655.

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Thirty year old Francis Meare deposed on February 28th 1655. He was examined on an allegation in the case of "Prince against the goods in the Charitie".

Meare stated that his personal net worth was £300 ("in his owne estate"). Francis Meare had known Mr Prince (Thomas Prince) for about twelve years and also knew Prince's servant Thomas Swinsen. Mr Prince had requested Meare to testify knowing him to be "a dealer in severall parts." Meare described the common practice in London, Flanders and Holland amongst merchants "to make entries of goods in the customehouses in one mans name, when as the proprietie thereof is in, and the said goods are belonging to another." As a result, Meare states "it is not amongest merchants accompted any signe or proofe that the goods belonge to the man in whose name they are entred."[1]

Comment on sources

PROB 11/360/588 Will of Sarah Meare, Widow of London 13 September 1679

PROB 11/369/449 Will of William Meare, Merchant of London 06 April 1682

PROB 11/388/342 Will of John Meare, Merchant of London 28 September 1687
  1. HCA 13/70 f.246v