Thomas Holbert

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Thomas Holbert
Person Thomas Holbert
First name Thomas
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Last name Holbert
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Occupation Waterman
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Has opening text Thomas Holbert
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Res parish Saint Saviour Southwark
Res town Southwark
Res county Surrey
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Res country England
Birth year 1622
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First deposition age 44
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/76 f.10r Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Oct 9 1666
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Ship classification
Type of ship River boat; Victualling ship
Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
Role in Silver Ship litigation None

Biographical synthesis

Thomas Holbert (; d.?). Waterman.

Resident in the parish of Saint Saviour Southwark in 1666.

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Forty-four year old Thomas Holbert deposed on October 9th 1666 in the High Court of Admiralty. He was examined "On behalfe of his Majestie, touching goods embeazeld out of the Richard and Elizabeth.[1]

Holbert stated that the Richard and Elizabeth was a victualling ship in the service of the King and lay at Sole Bay on "Tuesday before the late lamentable fire". The Richard and Elizabeth came up to the Assistance Frigot, which had requested the delivery of firewood out of her. At the same time some four or five bags of Spanish wools were taken out of the frigate and put on board the Richard and Elizabeth to be carried to London for the use of the frigate's captain. A further parcel of three hundred "buffola skinnes" were brought to the Richard and Elizabeth, together with a parcel of kid skins and a parcel of flax. These goods were prize goods, and the crew of the Assistance Frigot were keen to keep them away from the eyes of their General. The Richard and Elizabeth went up the Thames to Ratcliff Crosse, where she anchored on Monday night, the third of September.[2]

Holbert reports that he got leave to go on shore that night "in regard of the danger hee tooke his house and familie to be in, by meanes of the fire". He went that night to his house "on the banck side", leaving all the goods on board. The following Saturday Holbert on his way back to the ship met the ship's boatswain ashore at Ratcliffe Crosse and went to a tap house "to drink a cup of beare together". Holbert claims to have interrogated the boatswain, suspicious that goods had been carried ashore at the master's orders and embezzled. The boatswain allegedly confessed that the master of the Richard and Elizabeth had the boatswain procure carts to carry the imbeazeled goods to Captain Swanley's warehouse in Stepney. Holbert then went to Stepney himself, and commanded a constable to assist him in recovering the goods from Swanley's warehouse, only to find out from the constable that the constable's own watchemen had assisted the unloading of the goods from the carts into the warehouse.[3]

Comment on sources

  1. HCA 13/76 f.10r
  2. HCA 13/76 f.10v
  3. HCA 13/76 f.10v