John Wheelwright

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John Wheelwright
Person John Wheelwright
First name John
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Last name Wheelewright
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Occupation Armourer
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Training Not apprentice
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Has opening text John Wheelewright
Has signoff text John Wheelwright
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Language skills English language
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Res parish Saint Botolph without Bishopsgate
Res town London
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Res country England
Birth year 1611
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/70 f.639v Annotate, HCA 13/71 f.214v Annotate, HCA 13/71 f.282r Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Nov 21 1655, Jun 9 1656, Jul 11 1656
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Type of ship Commercial
Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
Role in Silver Ship litigation None

Biographical synthesis

John Wheelwright (alt. Wheelewright). Armourer and one of company of the ship the ffortune.

Resident in 1655 in the parish of Saint Buttolph without Bishopsgate.

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty


Forty-four year old John Wheelwright deposed on November 21st 1655 in the High Court of Admiralty. He was examined on an allegation on behalf of Thomas Browning in the case of "Thomas Browning master of the shipp the ffortune and Richard Hasleton against Joseph Tilley and others, owners of the same".[1]

John Wheelwright stated that he was a member of the company of the ffortune from July 1654 until March 25th 1655. Thomas Browning was the master of the ship.[2] The ship went on a voyage from London to Sally on the Barbary coast and to other ports before returning to London.[3]


Forty-six year old John Wheelwright deposed on July 11th 1656, in an unsigned deposition in the High Court of Admiralty, whose text has been cross-hatched. He was examined on a libell in the cause of "Browning against Vander post Tilley and others".[4]

The producent in this cause is Robert Browning, master's mate and sopra cargo of the ffortune, rather than Thomas Browning, the ship's master. Wheelwright states that he knew the owners of the ship to be Adrian Vanderpost and company, at the time of her voyage from London to Sally, in the south Mediterranean.[5]

One month earlier, John Wheelwright, giving his age as forty-six and residence as the parish of Saint Buttolphe without Bishopsgate, London, had deposed in support of Thomas Browning, the ship's master, against Vanderpost and company. This deposition is signed, unlike the July 1656 cross-hatched deposition.[6]

Comment on sources


PROB 11/341/455 Will of Adrian Poest otherwise Adrian Vander Poest, Merchant and Mercer of London 07 April 1673
  1. HCA 13/70 f.639v
  2. HCA 13/70 f.639v
  3. HCA 13/70 f.640r
  4. HCA 13/71 f.282r
  5. HCA 13/71 f.282r
  6. HCA 13/71 f.214v