Francisco Boesdonck

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Francisco Boesdonck
Person Francisco Boesdonck
First name Francisco
Middle name(s)
Last name Boesdonck
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Widow of
Occupation Cashier
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Mariner occupation
Associated with ship(s)
Training Not apprentice
Is apprentice of
Was apprentice of
Had apprentice(s)
Citizen Unknown
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Has opening text ffrancisco Boesdonck
Has signoff text Francisco Boesdonck
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Language skills Dutch language
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Birth street
Birth parish
Birth town Antwerp
Birth county
Birth province Brabant
Birth country Spanish Netherlands
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Res town Antwerp
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Res province Brabant
Res country Spanish Netherlands
Birth year 1633
Marriage year
Death year 1668
Probate date
First deposition age 19
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/69 Silver 6 f.7r Annotate, HCA 13/69 Silver 6 f.13v Annotate, HCA 13/69 Silver 1 f.31v Annotate, HCA 13/68 f.703v Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Jun 10 1653, Jun 16 1653, Aug 5 1653, Mar 7 1654
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Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
Role in Silver Ship litigation Deponent

Biographical synthesis

Francisco Boesdonck (b. ca. 1633; d. poss ca. 1668). Cashier and bookkeeper of Antwerp merchant James Pinquett.

A native and inhabitant of Antwerp "where he hath lived all his time".

Resident in 1653 in Antwerp. He had lived with his master James Pinquett for four and a half years, when he was deposed in the High Court of Admiralty in June 1653.[1] In a deposition made in August 1653, Boesdonck provided greater detail, stating that "Pinquett having for theise 6. yeares last past or thereabouts lived in the Hopland over against the [?Nayle/?Vayle] street in Antwerpe and there kept his wife and family, and did formerly dwell in the street called the Meer at Antwerpe for about 10. yeares before".[2] In a deposition in March 1654, Boesdonck stated simply that his master's house ws "in the Hopelandt street in Antwerpe".[3]

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

June 1653

Twenty year old Francisco Boesdonck deposed on June 10th 1653 in the High Court of Admiralty. He was examined on an allegation and schedules in the case of "The claime of the said Pinquett for his goods in the Sampson, Salvador and Saint George.[4]

Twenty year old Francisco Boesdonck deposed six days later on June 165th 1653 in the High Court of Admiralty. He again deposed on an allegation and schedules on behalf of his master James Pincquett, but this time in aupport of "The claime of James Pinquett merchant of Antwerp, for his money and plate in the Saint John Evangelist, John de Vosse master".[5]

Francisco Boesdonck identified James Pincquett as being a native of Comines neare Rissell (Lille, in modern France) in Flanders, though now resident in Antwerp.[6]

August 1653

Giving his age as only nineteen, just two months after his earlier depositions, Francisco Boesdonck deposed on August 5th 1653 in the High Court of Admiralty. He was examined on an allegation on behalf of James Pincquett in "The clayme of James Pincquett merchant of Antwerpe for the plate and sylver in the shipp the Morning Starr whereof Michael van Lupkin (sic) is master taken by some of the Parliaments shipp",[7]

March 1654

Twenty-one year old Francisco Boesdonck deposed nine months later on March 7th 1654 in the High Court of Admiralty. Once again his testimony was in support of James Pincquett, but this time he was examined on an allegation in support of "The clayme of James Pinquett merchant of Antwerpe for thirteene bales of linnen marked and numbred as in the margent taken out of a shipp called the Nightingale whereof Hendrick Glashogen was master by Captaine Badiley in the immediat service of this Commonwealth".[8]

The case concerned 132 bales of linen, purchased at Rouen by Jacques ffermanell on behalf of James Pincquett and shipped in the Nightingale (Master: Hendrick Glashogen) to Cadiz. The parcel was seized at Cadiz by Captaine Baddiley , commander of a squadron of English ships.

Comment on sources


The name Francisco Boesdonck appears in a "Liste des jurés de la chambre des tonlieux d'anvers": "1667. 6. Octobre. HENDRIK MOENS, marchand, nommé erflaet en remplacement de Ambrosius Aynscum. Ses collègues étaient: Jaques Kemp. Guillaume de Haze, Balthazar Fairment, Hendrick van Uff[?et], Thomas Courtois, Francisco Boesdonck, C. Bosschaert et Eduard Peeters. (Registre 340, fo.140-142. Aquits de la Chambre des Comptes, liasse 1826. fo.233.)"[9] There are two further entries of interest: "1668. 16 mars. LOUIS DE CANDELE; il succéda à Francisco Boesdonck, décédé. (Reg.340, fo 176 vo 177)." and "1669. 5 novembre. FRANÇOIS BOESDONCK; il succède à Nicholas vander Borcht, démissionnaire. (Reg. 340, fo 149 vo 151)."[10]


Baetens (1976) mentions Francisco Boesdonck once, in a list immediately preceeding the name "Jacques Pinquett" ("Hij begartigde aldaar niet enkel zijn eigen zaken, maar trad tevens op voor verschillende Antwerpse kooplieded: Herman Cornelissen, wed. Nic. van der Borcht, Ignatio Carena, Franc. Boesdonck, Jacques Pinquett, Dionisio van der Vorst, Alonso Palma Carillo..."[11]
  1. [HCA 13/69 f.? IMG_118_07_2943}
  2. HCA 13/69 Silver 1 f.32r
  3. HCA 13/68 f.704v
  4. HCA 13/69 Silver 6 f.7r
  5. HCA 13/69 Silver 6 f.13v
  6. HCA 13/69 Silver 6 f.14r
  7. HCA 13/69 Silver 1 f.31v
  8. HCA 13/68 f.703v
  9. Revue Belge de numismatique et de sigillographie (Bruxelles, 1920), p.195
  10. Revue Belge de numismatique et de sigillographie (Bruxelles, 1920), p.196
  11. Roland Baetens, De Nazomer van Antwerpens welvaart (XXX, 1976), p.170