Gregory Parbury

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Gregory Parbury
Person Gregory Parbury
First name Gregory
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Last name Parbury
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Occupation Lighterman
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Training Not apprentice
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Has opening text Gregory Parbury
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Res town Lambeth
Res county Surrey
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Res country England
Birth year 1607
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First deposition age 50
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/72 f.168r Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Oct 24 1657
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Ship classification
Type of ship Lighter
Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
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Biographical synthesis

Gregory Parbury (; d.?). Lighterman.

He "hath bin a ballastman for theise 30 yeares and upwards."[1]

Resident in Lambeth in 1657.

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Fifty year old Gregory Parbury deposed on October 24th 1657 in the High Court of Admiralty.[2] He was examined on an allegation on behalf of Prior in the case of "Ewens against Prior."

Parbury stated that he had been a ballastman for thirty years and as a result knew that it was common use and custom for lightermen and the owners of lighters wto extract gravel from shelves and banks in the River Thames, providing they were forty feet or more from the bank of the river.[3]

Parbury further stated that he had worked for half a year about nine years ago at Mr Ewens' wharf as a lighterman and had been employed by Ewens. According to Parbury, Ewens had employed two lighters to deepen the channel near his wharf, endeavouring "to sinke the wharfe and make it as deep as Greenwich ballast key." Ewens' wharf had grown decrepit and decayed through the piling of much ballast upon the wharf, where it lay ready for ships to take it away as ballast. As a result, Ewen had been necessitated to buy planks and timbers from Parbury, which Parbury acquired by breaking up ships. These timbers were used to repair the wharf.[4]

Parbury recounted that he had been in discussion weith Mr Ewens eight years ago about the possibility of Parbury leasing the wharf for three years. However, Parbury had decided against leasing the wharf, since Ewens required repairs to the wharf which Parbury was not prepared to do.[5]

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  1. HCA 13/72 f.168r
  2. HCA 13/72 f.168r
  3. HCA 13/72 f.168r
  4. HCA 13/72 f.168r
  5. HCA 13/72 f.168v