Richard Batson

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Richard Batson
Person Richard Batson
First name Richard
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Last name Batson
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Occupation Merchant
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Res parish Saint James Garlickhythe
Res town London
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Res country England
Birth year 1601
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/68 f.234v Annotate, HCA 13/72 f.58r Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Jun 12 1657
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Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
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Biographical synthesis

Richard Batson (; d.1667). Merchant.

Highly litigious London merchant, with a record of defaulting on terms of charter parties and failing to pay mariners' wages.

Citizen and cutler of London. Active in the 1640s and 1650s in trade with West Africa (slaves), Barbados (sugar), Virginia, and Spitzbergen (whales). Batson was one of the principal freighters of the William and Ralph, alias the Virginia Merchant, together with Thomas Jancey, another London merchant.

Richard Batson's daughter Martha married John Bendish, daughter of Sir Thomas Bendish, baronet, with articles of agreement dated July 13th 1663.[1]

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Richard Batson made personal answer in the High Court of Admiralty on January 18th 1651 together with other merchants. They were responding to an allegation given in against them by John Parvis and John Hohnewood,[2]

Two years later, Richard Batson appeared on November 23rd 1653 to be examined on an allegation in the case of "The Keepers et cetera against the ffortune of Statin."[3]

Three and a half years later, on June 12th 1657, aged fifty-six, and now resident in the parish of Saint James Garlickhythe, Richard Batson deposed once more. He gave evidence as part of a "Busines of examination of witnesses on the behalfe of Roger Phillips against one two and thirtieth part of the Dover Marchant and against Peter Bultele".[4]

A further case in the High Court of Admiralty was brought against Richard Batson and others. The case was that of "Elias Jordaine and Henry West and Abraham ?Manco and company owners of the shipp the William and Ralph of London against Richard Batson Thomas Jancy Valentine Austin and John Lockier merchants."[5]

Comment on sources


C 10/57/150 East India Co. v. Batson 1650


"Minories or Goodman's Yard Glass House.

This glass house is known to have been in use before 1641, when it was owned by Sir Bevis Thelwell, who had been a partner in a glass making enterprise 30 years earlier. In 1651, two merchants Richard Batson and Edmond Lewin obtained a twenty-five and a half year lease on the property and later sub-let it to practical glass makers. It was the subject of a Chancery Law suit between them which dragged on from 1657 to 1663. By 1677 Batson had dropped out and Lewin was apparently making bottles (but probably elsewhere)...."[6]

C 6/114/33 Short title: Davies v Cheyney. Plaintiffs: Edward Davies. Defendants: Thomas Cheyney, Edward Arlibeare and Richard Batson. Subject: money matters, Middlesex. Document type: bill, answer. 1651

C 10/13/142 Peter Thelwall v Richard Batson: money matters 1651


C 6/140/90 Short title: Mackleir v Batson. Plaintiffs: Sir John Mackleir kt. Defendants: Richard Batson and William Chamberlayne. Subject: money matters, Middlesex. Document type: bill, two answers. 1656


C 6/134/15 Short title: Batson v Colvile. Plaintiffs: Richard Batson and Gowen Goldagne. Defendants: Robert Colvile, John Colvile and William Clarkson. Subject: money matters. Document type: answer only. 1657

C 6/136/169 Short title: Watkins v Merchants of London. Plaintiffs: Mary Watkins widow. Defendants: Governor and Company of Merchants of London Trading into the East Indies [East India Company] and Richard Batson. Subject: money matters, London, Middlesex. Document type: bill, answer. 1657

C 6/140/88 Short title: Mackleir v Batson. Plaintiffs: Sir John Mackleir kt. Defendants: Richard Batson and William Chamberlayne. Subject: money matters, Middlesex. Document type: bill, answer, inventory. 1657


"1660. 17 December. Declaration by Richard Batson, merchant of London, that he has appointed his nephew Thomas Batson of Barbados, merchant, to confirm a sale made by him on 7 May 1658 through his attornies William Tickell and Nicholas Martin of Barbados, merchants, of 200 acres known as Spring Plantation to Daniel Searle, Governor of Barbados. MCD 10)."[7]

C 10/61/147 Hewet, Symons v. Batson: Middx 1660


"Vintry Ward. Sixth Precinct.

...Richard Batson 20 hearths"[8]


C 6/163/3 Short title: Batson v Bendish. Plaintiffs: Richard Batson. Defendants: Sir Thomas Bendish baronet and John Bendish. Subject: property in Haverhill, and Helions Bumpstead, Essex. Document type: bill, answer. 1663


PROB 11/324/308 Will of Richard Batson cutler, June 16th 1667[9]
  1. Essex Record Office, Reference: D/DQ 41/39
  2. HCA 13/124 f.34v
  3. HCA 13/68 f.234v
  4. HCA 13/72 f.58r
  5. HCA 24/110 Item 245, 'Allegation of Ellis Jordaine and cCompany'
  6. Online resource, Pioneering Glass, 'Minories or Goodman's Yard Glass House', viewed 24/10/2016
  7. Peter Wilson Coldham, The Complete Book of Emigrants, 1607-1660 (Baltimore, 1987), p.482
  9. PROB 11/324/308 Will of Richard Batson cutler, June 16th 1667