George Boldero

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George Boldero
Person George Boldero
First name George
Middle name(s)
Last name Boldero
Spouse of
Widow of
Occupation Merchant
Secondary shorebased occupation
Mariner occupation
Associated with ship(s)
Training Not apprentice
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Literacy Signature
Has opening text George Baldero
Has signoff text Geo Boldero
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Language skills English language
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Birth town Berry
Birth county Suffolk
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Birth country England
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Res town London
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Res country England
Birth year 1603
Marriage year
Death year 1666
Probate date March 14, 1666
First deposition age 54
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/71 f.210v Annotate, HCA 13/73 f.140r Annotate
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Deposition date(s) May 29 1655, Mar 29 1659
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Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
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Biographical synthesis

George Boldero (alt. Baldero) (b. ca. 1603; d. ca. 1666). Merchant.

Brother of Henry Boldero, a merchant resident in Rotterdam.

Resident in 1638 in Ipswich in Sussex.

Resident in 1654 and 1656 in London.

The will of George Boldero, merchant of London, was proved on March 14th 1666.[1]

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

May 1638

Thirty-three year old George Boldero deposed on May 30th 1638 in the High Court of Admiralty. He was then resident in Ipswich, his occupation that of merchant. He was examined in a case concerning the ship the Samuel of Ipswich (Master: Thomas Pinborowe). The ship had been in the road of Ponta Segrado at the island of Saint Michaels, where twenty-six chests of sugar were lden and consigned for delivery at Ipswich to William ffisher and company. Boldero stated that he was one of the freighters of the ship and had gone in her from Ipswich to the road of Ponta Segrado.[2]

December 1653

Thirty-six year old John Mardy deposed on December 13th 1653 in the High Court of Admiralty. He was examined on "The claime of Henry Baldero".

John Mardy was from Spraughton in the county of Suffolk and came to depose at the request of George Boldero. Mardy stated that he was a kinsman of Henry Boldero and had "lived in howse with him att Rotterdam". He went on to say that he was Henry Boldero's nephew.[3]

May 1655

Fifty-four year old George Boldero deposed on May 29th 1655 in the High Court of Admiralty. He was examined on interrogatories "On the behalfe of Henry Baldero, William Harris and John Shephard English merchants touching the shipp the Catherine, John Thompson master".

The case concerned a dispute about the ship the Catherine (Master: John Thompson), which was owned by Henry Boldero, William Harris and John Shephard "all Englishmen".

George Boldero stated that Henry Boldero had sent him letters advising him that he had bought the ship iin Holland and "by letters ordered this deponent to accept bills from Newcastle to pay moneys for the lading of coales there for holland upon and for the account of him and the sayd mr harris and mr shephard, owners of the said vessell, and coales".

George Boldero, without clarifying his relationship to Henry Boldero, stated that "hee well knoweth the interrogated Henry Baldero and William harris and hath soe donne for theise twenty yeares last and upwards, and saith thay are English men and Subiects of this Commonwealth of England".[4]

John Thompson, the master of the Catherine, deposed on the same day in the same Court and added that the ship had been bought at Rotterdam in March 1655 of a Lambert Schaep, for the sum of 3000 guilders.[5]

May 1657

Twenty-three year old Albert Tompson, a mariner of Delft haven, deposed on May 27th 1657 in the High Court of Admiralty. He came at the request of George Boldero to be "Exámined upon an allegation given in on the behalfe of the said Baldero and others, Greene and others against Baldero Bellamy and others".[6]

March 1659

Fifty-six year old George Boldero deposed on March 29th 1659 in the High Court of Admiralty. He was examined in the cause ""Ex parte Baldero Harris and Sheppard and Tompson aforesaid touching the Catherine".[7]

George Boldero amplified his deposition from 1655, saying "hee well knoweth the arlate Henry Baldero, William Harris, and John Sheppard, and soe hath done for a long space namely the said Mr Baldero from his infancy, and the said Mr Harris for about twenty yeeres and the said Mr Sheppard for about foure yeeres last," He stated that "the said Mr Henry Baldero is of his this deponents certaine knowledge a native of England, and was borne at Berry in the County of Suffolk, where this deponent was likewise borne and the said Henry Baldero doth here (by this deponent who is his correspondent) pay taxes to this Comonwealth of England for lands which hee hath here in England and is ffree of the Company of the Merchant Adventurers of London and hath bin tresurer of the said company".[8]

Comment on sources


Norfolk Record Office: Part of the Durrant of Scottow Collection: Indenture - Bargain and Sale Sco 29/6 111 x 5 1654: 2 Seals, 1 seal tag: Contents: 1) Segar Dehem of London, marchant, Nicholas Corsellis of London, marchant and Susan his wife. 2) Henry Boldero, English merchant then residing in Rotterdam. Messuage, land and property in Barton Turff. 3 Aug. 1654 Bond, letter of attorney; Final Concord and Counterpart enclosed.


Norfolk Record Office: Part of the Durrant of Scottow Collection: Indenture - Assignment of Mortgage Sco 29/7 111 x 5 1654-1655: 2 Seals: Contents: 1) Richard Startin of the Strand (Midd.) gent. and Anne his wife. 2) Henry Boldero of Ipswich (Suff.) merchant. Estate in Barton Turfe. Receipt enclosed. 9 Mar. 1654/55


DEL 2/6 Baldero et al. (Appeal) 1658


C 2/ChasI/B159/68 Short title: Boldero v English. Plaintiff: Boldero. Defendant: English. Document type: Bill only. 01 January 1625 - 31 December 1660

Norfolk Record Office: Part of the Durrant of Scottow Collection: Testamentary Letters Patent Sco 29/19 111 x 5 1660-1668: Contents: Gilbert, Archbishop of Canterbury, Will of Henry Boldero, Merchant Adventurer, resident in Dordrecht, Holland. Property in Barton Turfe. 7 June 1660 Pr. 13 Apl. 1661 16 Apl.1668

PROB 4/18838 Engrossed Inventories Exhibited from 1660. Boldero, Margery, of St. Martin in the Feilds, Mdx. [widow]. 19 March 1668


Will of Henry Boldero, Merchant Adventurer of Dordrecht, Holland 03 April 1661


PROB 11/315/49 Will of John Boldero, Merchant in the English Court of Dordrecht, Holland 16 September 1664


PROB 11/319/509 Will of George Boldero, Merchant of London 14 March 1666


Norfolk Record Office: Preston of Beeston: Barton Turf [no ref. or date]: Quitclaim MC 36/59, 480 x 2 1658: 1 parchment: Contents: Quitclaim from Henry Boldero to Jacob Preston Esq. of lands in Barton Turf in occupation of Preston and his undertenants, following exchange of intermixed lands

Norfolk Record Office: Preston of Beeston: Barton Turf [no ref. or date]: Copy of Court Roll MC 36/60,61, 480 x 2 1686: 2 parchments: Contents: Copy of Court Roll of the manor of Beeston Leames being admission of Edward Boldero gent. brother of Henry Boldero clerk to reversion on death of Sarah Davy widow of Henry Boldero sen. of 11a. 3½r. with messuage in Barton and Bullocks Yard near Foxes Green in Barton. The property was immediately surrendered to Smart Goodenough, 1686. Copy of Court Roll of the manor of Beeston Kybalds in similar terms as last rel. to 7a. lately enclosed in Barton


In the nave and aisle are several memorials of the Boldero family, ancestors of the Rev. George Boldero, one of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace for this county, and Mr. John Boldero, Attorney-at-Law, the present representatives of that family in this place; the heads which were
George Boldero, Gent. who died Feb. 14, 1665
Simon Boldero, gent. who died June 23, 1701

George Boldero, his son, who died June 28, 1737..."[9]
  1. PROB 11/319/509 Will of George Boldero, Merchant of London 14 March 1666
  2. HCA 13/54 f.143v IMG_118_08_3996
  3. HCA 13/68 f.304v
  4. HCA 13/71 f.210v
  5. HCA 13/71 f.211r
  6. HCA 13/72 f.52r
  7. HCA 13/73 f.140r
  8. HCA 13/73 f.140r
  9. Anonymous, A Concise Description of Bury St. Edmund's: And Its Environs, Within the Distance of Ten Miles (London, 1827), p.215, viewed 07/11/2016