Richard Beard

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Richard Beard
Person Richard Beard
First name Richard
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Last name Beard
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Occupation Winecooper
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Training Not apprentice
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Has opening text Richard Beard
Has signoff text Rich: Beard
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Language skills English language
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Res parish Saint Mary at Hill
Res town London
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Res country England
Birth year 1610
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First deposition age 46
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/70 f.425v Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Jun 19 1656
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Type of ship Shore based trade
Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
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Biographical synthesis

Richard Beard (b. ca. 1610; d.?ca.1673). Winecooper.

Resident in parish of Saint Mary at Hill in 1656.

The will of Richard Beard, cooper of Saint Botolph without Aldgate, proven on October 6th 1673 is possibly that of Richard Beard, winecooper.[1]

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Forty-six year old Richard Beard deposed on June 19th 1656 in the High Court of Admiralty.[2] He was examined on an allegation in the case of "The Lord Protector against the shipp the Saint Paul and her lading and against Captaine Phillips".[3]

Richard Beard was employed by Captain Isaac Phillips upon the arrival of the ship the Saint Paul in London "for the takeing out and disposing of her lading of wines into cellars and warehouses". Isaac Phillips was one of the freighters of the ship. Richard Beard sold some of the wines on behalf of Captain Phillips for £20 per tun. Shortly after the wines were placed into warehouses the commissioners for prize goods caused locks to be placed upon the warehouses, impounding the wines for about six week before Captain Phillips was permitted to dispose of his wines. During their detention, Richard Beard alleged that the wines were "so much perished and deteriorated by meanes of such their detention. and the heat of the weather, that they were not worth nor could be sold or disposed of for more then 4. or 5. li a tunne or thereabouts." Richard Beard and a fellow witness John Goodman were both employed by Captain Phillips at the time of the arrival of the wines and their subsequent release from detention.[4]

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PROB 11/343/96 Will of Richard Beard, Cooper of Saint Botolph without Aldgate, Middlesex 06 October 1673
  1. PROB 11/343/96 Will of Richard Beard, Cooper of Saint Botolph without Aldgate, Middlesex 06 October 1673
  2. HCA 13/70 f.425v
  3. HCA 13/70 f.425r
  4. HCA 13/70 f.425v