Gillbert Lillee

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Gillbert Lillee
Person Gillbert Lillee
First name Gillbert
Middle name(s)
Last name Lillee
Spouse of
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Occupation Shipwright
Secondary shorebased occupation
Mariner occupation Carpenter, One of the Company
Associated with ship(s) Eagle (Master: George Rymond)
Training Not apprentice
Is apprentice of
Was apprentice of
Had apprentice(s)
Citizen Unknown
Literacy Signature
Has opening text Gilbertus Lilley
Has signoff text Gillbert Lillee
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Language skills English language
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Res town Ipswich
Res county Suffolk
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Res country England
Birth year 1615
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First deposition age 35
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/63 f.169v Annotate
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Deposition date(s) May 9 1650
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Has infobox completed Yes
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Ship classification
Type of ship Merchant ship
Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
Role in Silver Ship litigation None

Biographical synthesis

Gillbert Lillee (alt. Gilbertus Lilley) (b. ca. 1615; d. ?). Shipwright ("Naupegus").

Carpenter on board the Eagle (Master: George Rymond) sailing from London to Virginia and back.

Resident in 1650 in Ipswich in the county of Suffolk.

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Thirty-five year old Gillbert Lillee deposed on May 9th 1650 in the High Court of Admiralty. He was examined on an allegation in the case of "Reymond con Bourne".[1]

The case concerned a voyage to Virginia to fetch tobacco. Gillbert Lillee stated that he was "one of the said shipps companie and was carpenter abord her from her goeing out upon the said voyage untill her returne againe".[2]

Lillee describes a voyage of great difficulty, with the ship encountering two violent storms. The first was 150 leagues from Virginia, with the seas so heavy that they broke the great cabin's windows and put the ship at risk of being cast away. The second hit the ship near the island of Scilley. It was of such violence, raged so high "that for the preservation of the said ship and her ladeing together with the lives of the companie abord her, they were forced to beare an extraordinarye presse saile".[3]

Comment on sources

  1. HCA 13/63 f.169v
  2. HCA 13/63 f.169v
  3. HCA 13/63 f.169v