John Bellamy

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John Bellamy
Person John Bellamy
First name John
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Last name Bellamy
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Occupation Winecooper
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Training Not apprentice
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Has opening text John Bellamy
Has signoff text John Bellamy
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Language skills English language
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Res parish Allhallows Barking
Res town London
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Res country England
Birth year 1621
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Death year 1665
Probate date April 12, 1665
First deposition age 26
Primary sources
Act book start page(s) HCA 3/47 f.39r Annotate
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/63 f.65v Annotate, HCA 13/71 f.278r Annotate, HCA 13/71 f.552v Annotate, HCA 13/72 f.390v Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Apr 24 1650, Jul 2 1656, Feb 17 1657, Jul 8 1658
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Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
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Biographical synthesis

John Bellamy (; Winecooper.

Resident in the parish of Allhallows Barking throughout the 1650s and remained there at the time of writing his will, which was proved in 1665.

John Bellamy served at least two London merchants of Spanish origin engaged in the Canary wine trade - Antonio Fernandez Carvajall, whom Bellamy states he first served under his master and then from the laste 1640s by himself, and Antonio Rodrigues Robles, whom Bellamy states in 1658 he had served for ten years.

The will of John Bellamy, winecooper of Allhallows Barking, was proved on April 12th 1665.[1] There is also a post mortem inventory for Bellamy.[2]

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

April 1650

Twenty-six year old Johannes (alt. John) Bellamy deposed on April 24th 1650 in the High Court of Admiralty. He gave his parish as Allhallows Barking and his occupation as winecooper. He was examined on a libel in the case of Rodrigues Arias and Fernandez against Clause Peters. Bellamy stated that he was imployed as a winecooper by Mr Fernandez (preseumably Antonio Fernandez Caravajall), to look after and take care of wines belonging to Mr Fernandez and Don Rodriguez Arias coming from the Carnaries in the ship the White Tower (Master: Claus Peeters). Bellamy stated that there had been considerable embezzlement of wine on the ship.[3]

July 1656

Siz years later, on July 2nd 1656, but describing himself as thirty-six years of age, John Bellamy again deposed in the High Court of Admiralty. He was examined on interrogatories on behalf of John Tivell and John Page the case of "On the behalfe of John Tivall of London merchant and John Page of Plimouth marchant touching the seizure of their goods by ffrench in the shipp Noahs Arke[4]

The case concerned the seizure of a portion of John Page and John Tivell's wine by the French from the ship the Noahs Ark. Bellamy stated that in May 1656 he bought twelve butts of Malaga wine from John Tivell, together with two other winecoopers named Thomas Mayo and William Wills. The wine was from the ship the Noahs Ark and had been viewed by the winecoopers in a cellar at Galley Key. Wine of that quality at Christmas or in January of 1656 was worth at least £22 per butt.[5]

In a separate case, that of "Michael De Haze and others owners of the shippe called the Sea ffortune against Anthony ffernandez (Carvajall) and Roger Kilvert", it is recorded in the Acts of Court on July 2nd 1656 that Caravajall and Kilvert produced as sureties in the High Court of Admiralty the merchant Augustine Coronell of Saint James Duke Place, London, and John Bellamy "of the parish of Allhallowes Barkinge London wine cooper".[6]

February 1657

Seven and a half months later, on February 17th 1657, John Bellamy deposed again in the High Court of Admiralty.[7] He was examined on an allegation in the case of "The claime of Antonio ffernandez Caravajall merchant of London for his goods in the Irish Merchant alsoe the Dolphin seized by Richard Webb and company.[8] Bellamy stated that he was the cooper of the London merchant Mr Antonio Fernandez Caravajall and entered a parcel of fifty three pipes of Canary wine newly arrived on the Irish Merchant at the London custom house. Bellamy had known Caravajall for seventeen years, during which time Caravajall had lived first in Creechurch Lane and then in Leadenhall Street, near Creechurch, where he had dwelt for the last sixteen years. Bellamy had worked for Caravajall as his winecooper, first under Bellamy's master and for the last twelve years by himself. Bellamy confirmed that he, Bellamy, was a protestant by religion.[9]

Depositions in the case of the claime of Antonio ffernandez Caravajall

  1. John Lopez de Miranda of Cadiz in Spaine merchant aged 27 yeeres, January 15th 1657[10]
  2. John Balhache borne at St Malo's but nowe residing in London marchant, aged nineteene yeares, Jauary 19th 1657[11]
  3. James Brooke of the parish of Saint Andrew Undershaft London barber chirugeon, aged 40 yeares, January 21st 1657[12]
  4. The answers of the foresaid John Lopez de Miranda to the Interrogatories, January 26th 1657[13]
  5. The said John Baillehache to the Interrogatories[14]
  6. Simon de Casseres of London Merchant, aged 47 yeeres, February 2nd 1657[15]
  7. Manuel de ffonseca Meza Merchant, booke keeper of the producent Antonio ffernandez Caravajall, aged 19 yeares, February 3rd 1657[16]
  8. Alexander Howe of London marchant aged 46 yeares, February 9th 1657[17]
  9. Gifford Bala of London merchant aged 50 yeares, February 13th 1657[18]

July 1658

One and a half years later, on July 8th 1658, John Bellamy once again deposed in the Admiralty Court. Giving his age as thirty-nine, and still resident in Allhallows Barking, Bellamy was examined on an allegation in the case of "The clayme of Antonio Rodrigues Robles Merchant of London for forty pipes of Canarie wynes first laden aboard a shipp called the Mary and Joyce (Phillip Stafford Master) and afterwards the same being taken by the Enymyes of the Common wealth of England were taken out of the sayd shipp and put aboard the Elizabeth (Isaack Michaelson Master) and since retaken by the Bryar ffrigott in the imMediate service of the Commonwealth of England"[19] Bellamy sated that he knew the London merchant Antonio Fernandez Robles well, and that he had been his winecooper for the last ten years. Robles (like Carvajall) was engaged in the Canary wine trade.[20]

Comment on sources


PROB 11/316/375 Will of John Bellamy of All Hallows Barking, City of London 12 April 1665


PROB 4/2703 Engrossed Inventories Exhibited from 1660. Bellamy, John, of [All Hallows] Barking, London, cooper. 11 May 1666
  1. PROB 11/316/375 Will of John Bellamy of All Hallows Barking, City of London 12 April 1665
  2. PROB 4/2703 Engrossed Inventories Exhibited from 1660. Bellamy, John, of [All Hallows] Barking, London, cooper. 11 May 1666
  3. HCA 13/63 f.65v
  4. HCA 13/71 f.278r
  5. HCA 13/71 f.278v
  6. HCA 3/47 f.39r
  7. HCA 13/71 f.552v
  8. |HCA 13/71 f.544r
  9. HCA 13/71 f.553r
  10. HCA 13/71 f.544r
  11. HCA 13/71 f.545r
  12. HCA 13/71 f.546v
  13. HCA 13/71 f.546v
  14. HCA 13/71 f.548v
  15. HCA 13/71 f.549r
  16. HCA 13/71 f.549v
  17. HCA 13/71 f.551r
  18. HCA 13/71 f.552r
  19. HCA 13/72 f.386r
  20. HCA 13/72 f.390v