Captaine Richard Ell

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Captaine Richard Ell
Person Captaine Richard Ell
First name Richard
Middle name(s)
Last name Ell
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Occupation Mariner
Secondary shorebased occupation
Mariner occupation Commander
Associated with ship(s) Prosperous (Master: Captaine Richard Ell)
Training Not apprentice
Is apprentice of
Was apprentice of
Had apprentice(s)
Citizen Unknown
Literacy Signature
Has opening text Richard Ell, Captaine Richard Ell;
Has signoff text Richard Ell
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Language skills English language
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Res town Twickenham
Res county Middlesex
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Res country England
Birth year 1600
Marriage year
Death year 1677
Probate date April 13, 1677
First deposition age 50
Primary sources
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/63 f.404v Annotate, HCA 13/68 f.302v Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Sep 3 1650, The date "DEc 6 1653" was not understood.The date "DEc 6 1653" was not understood.
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Ship classification
Type of ship Merchant ship
Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
Role in Silver Ship litigation None

Biographical synthesis

Captaine Richard Ell (b. ca. 1600; d. ?). Mariner.

Commander of the ship the Prosperous, seized at Lisbon by General Blake.

Resident in 1650 in Twickenham and at the time of his death in 1677.

There is a profile of Richard Ell on the Twickenham Museum website.[1]

His will was proved on April 13th 1677, in which he describes himself as a gentleman of Twickenham.[2]

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

September 1650

Fifty year old Richard Ell deposed on September 3rd 1650 in the High Court of Admiralty. He made a short statement regarding the seizure of his ship in "Quoad in nave the Prosperous of London (Richard Ell Captaine) per naves Parliamentarius sezite".[3]

December 1653

Fifty-four year old Captaine Richard Ell deposed on December 6th 1653 in the High Court of Admiralty. He was examined on an allegation in the cause of "Gilbert Keate Thomas Jennings and company against a 16th part of the shipp the Prosperous and of her tackle furniture and apparrell lately belonging to Dixewell Brent did attached by Authority of this Court and against whatsoever freight due for the same and against [BLANK IN MANUSCRIPT] Brent the administrator of all and singular the good chattells and debts of the sayd Dixwell Brent not administred by [BLANK IN MANUSCRIPT] Brent the father and Administrator of the sayd Dixwell Brent in particular and all others in generall".[4]

Comment on sources


PROB 11/353 Will of Richard Ell, Gentleman of Twickenham, Middlesex 13 April 1677 Hale 1-43
  1. 'Richard Ell,' Twickenham Museum web site, viewed 28/04/12
  2. PROB 11/353 Will of Richard Ell, Gentleman of Twickenham, Middlesex 13 April 1677 Hale 1-43
  3. HCA 13/63 f.404v
  4. HCA 13/68 f.302v