Edward Bigland

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Edward Bigland
Person Edward Bigland
First name Edward
Middle name(s)
Last name Bigland
Spouse of
Widow of
Occupation Shipwright
Secondary shorebased occupation
Mariner occupation
Associated with ship(s)
Training Not apprentice
Is apprentice of
Was apprentice of
Had apprentice(s)
Citizen Unknown
Literacy Signature
Has opening text Edwardus Bigland (1650), Edward Bigland (1656)
Has signoff text Edward (1650), Edwd Bigland (1656)
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Language skills English language
Has interpreter
Birth street
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Res street
Res parish
Res town Southwark
Res county Surrey
Res province
Res country England
Birth year 1589
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Probate date
First deposition age 59
Primary sources
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/63 f.204v Annotate, HCA 13/71 f.135r Annotate
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Deposition date(s) May 14 1650, Apr 11 1656
How complete is this biography?
Has infobox completed Yes
Has synthesis completed No
Has HCA evidence completed No
Has source comment completed No
Ship classification
Type of ship Shore based trade
Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
Role in Silver Ship litigation None

Biographical synthesis

Edward Bigland (alt. Edwardus Bigland) (b. ca. 1589; d.>1656). Shipwright.

Resident in Southwark. Edward Bigland gave his residence in 1650 as the parish of Saint Olave in Southwark and in 1656 as the parish of Saint Magdalen in Southwark.[1]

Possibly related to Jonathan Bigland, a twenty-eight year old shipwright of Redriff, Surrey, who deposed in the High Court of Admiralty on November 3d 1657 in the case "Judith Dixford against the hulke the Elizabeth".[2]

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

The records of the High Court of Admiralty contain two depositions by shipwright named Edward Bigland (alt. Edwardus Bigland), once on May 14th 1650 and the second time on April 11th 1656.

The signatures on the two depositions are not identical - the first is his first name Edward, (1650). The second is Edwd Bigland (1656). However, it seems likely that the depositions were made by the same man, the subject of this biography.

In the first deposition, Edward Bigland deposed in the case of "Major con Perkins". He gave his age as fifty-nine, his residence as the parish of Saint Olave in Southwark, and his occupation as shipwright ("Naupegus" in the Latin of the notary public who wrote down the deposition).[3]

In the second deposition, in 1656, Edward Bigland deposed in the case of "John Mayor against a certayne lighter called the William and ffrancis whereof William Knight and company were owners and against the sayd William Knight and company comming in for their interest and against whatsoever persons et cetera". He gave his age as sixty-seaven and described himself as a shipwright of the parish of Saint Mary Magdalen in Southwark.[4]

Comment on sources

  1. HCA 13/63 f.204v; HCA 13/71 f.135r
  2. HCA 13/72 f.180v
  3. HCA 13/63 f.204v
  4. HCA 13/71 f.135r