Abraham Gaultier

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Abraham Gaultier
Person Abraham Gaultier
First name Abraham
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Last name Gaultier
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Occupation Merchant
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Training Not apprentice
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Res town London
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Birth year 1623
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First deposition age 33
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/68 f.498r Annotate, HCA 13/70 f.63v Annotate, HCA 13/71 f.298v Annotate, HCA 13/73 f.701v Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Feb 21 1654, Feb 19 1655, Jul 11 1656, Apr 14 1659
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Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
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Biographical synthesis

Abraham Gaultier (alt. Gualtier, Gaulter) (b. ca. 1623; d. aft. 1663). Merchant.

Cashier of London merchant Luke Luce in 1655.

Resident in London in 1654, 1655, 1656 and 1659. Possibly co-located with Luke Luce in the parish of Saint Catherine Coleman in 1651-1654 period (and beyond).

Described himself in February 1654 as a "native of Angou Lesmer in France", who "hath for 10 years last lived in London and 4 yeares or thereabouts before in Ireland".[1]

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Abraham Gaultier deposed for the first time in the High Court of Admiralty on February 21st 1654. He gave his age as thirty-three and described himself as a merchant of London. He was examined in the case of "The claime of the Duke of Courland for the Temperance of Libanno in Curland John Jacobson Bleau master, and of the said Duke and Luke Lucie for the goods".[2]

Abraham Gaultier, describing himself as cashier of Luke Lucy (sic), deposed again on February 19th 1655 in the High Court of Admiralty. He was examined on an allegation in the case of "The clayme of Luke Lucy merchant of London for goods taken out of the ship the Peter of which Peter de la Solle was master by Edward Payne commander of the vessell the Saint Ives Scout. Gaultier stated that in early 1653 Luke Lucy had been the owner of three bales of perpetuanas and two bales of minnekin bayes. Customs duties were paid in London by Luke Lucy and the goods were entered in the Customs House to be transported overseas in the ship the Charitie of Hamburg. Allegedly the Charitie having already departed from Portsmouth, the goods were actually laden on the Saint Peter by Lucy's Portsmouth correspondent Hugh Salisbury, for transportation to San Sebastian in Spain.[3]

Abraham Gaultier deposed for a third time in the High Court of Admiralty on July 11th 1656.[4] Giving his age as thirty-five, and describing himself as a merchant of London, he was examined in the case of "The claime of Luke Luce of London merchant for the Saint John Baptist of which Broeder Backson is master and goods".[5]

Twenty-four year old Peter Du Bois deposed on March 4th 1657 in the High Court of Admiralty. He was examined on an allegation in the case of "Collier pred quoad the Brotherhood.[6] Peter Du Bois stated that he had been gunner of the Brotherhood, and that English men Peter and Abraham Gaultier had been proprietors of ninety-four Negros and a quantity of elephants teeth. Thirteen months prior to his deposition, the Brotherhood had been on the Guinea coast near Cape Lopaz or Lopez da Gonsalvez.[7] In February 1656, whilst on the Guinea coast, two Dutch ships seized their ship and lading and turned them off their ship.[8]

Abraham Gaultier deposed for a fourth time in the High Court of Admiralty on April 14th 1659.[9] He described himself as a thirty-seven year old London merchant. The case concerned the ship the Christina (Mater:Adrian Jonson), which belonged to Daniel Wybrants, Alderman of Dublin, and Jacob Luce and Cornelis Van Bommell, London merchants. The ship was bound on a voyage from Bordeaux in France to Leith in Scotland with a lading of wines. Gaultier claimed to have seen accounts and letters relating to the ship.

Comment on sources


C 5/416/20 Short title: Ball v Gualtier. Plaintiffs: Samuel Ball and another. Defendants: Abraham Gualtier and another. Subject: money matters, Middlesex. Document type: bill, answer. 1657.


C 7/467/10 Short title: Latch v Gaultier. Plaintiffs: Samuel Latch. Defendants: Abraham Gaultier and another. Place or subject: money, Middlesex. Document type: bill and answer. 1659.


"[DENIZATION]...1662-3 Feb. 20....Abraham Gaultier, alien born: with the like proviso (= with proviso to pay the like customs and subsidy as strangers do)"[10]


"DEPUTER, Cornelius
21 Oct 1667, RB6/15, p.560
Friend Abraham Gaultier - Xtr; servant William Overwatter; nurse Jane Fogge; my bro & sis. signed Cornelius Deputeiz.
Wit: Roger Corbett, Hugh Stone

Proved 29 Oct ..., Recorded 2 Nov 1667..."[11]
  1. HCA 13/68 f.498v
  2. HCA 13/68 f.498r
  3. HCA 13/70 f.63v
  4. HCA 13/71 f.300r
  5. HCA 13/71 f.298v
  6. HCA 13/71 f.613v
  7. HCA 13/71 f.613v
  8. HCA 13/71 f.614r
  9. HCA 13/73 f.701v
  10. William Arthur Shaw (ed.), Letters of denization and acts of naturalization for aliens in England and Ireland (London, 1911), p.92
  11. Joanne Mcree Sanders, Barbados REcors: Wills and Administations, vol. 1 (Barbados, 1979), p.104