Francis Chaplin

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Francis Chaplin
Person Francis Chaplin
First name Francis
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Last name Chaplin
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Occupation Clothworker
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Has opening text Francis Chaplin
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Res town London
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Birth year 1628
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/72 f.306r Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Apr 1 1658
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Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
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Biographical synthesis

Francis Chaplin (; d.1680). Clothworker and citizen of London.

"Frances Chaplin 12 hearths", St Botolph by Billingsgate[1]

Francis Chaplin was made a Knight Bachelor in 1670[2]

Chaplin's details are given in the 1677 London Directory as "Sir Fra. Chaplin Berry street[3]

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Francis Chaplin, aged thirty, describing himself as citizen and clothworker of London, deposed in the High Court of Admiralty on April 1st 1658.[4]

Chaplin's deposition was one of fourteen depositions, a remarkably large number for an High Court of Admiralty case.,

Complete list of depositions

"Interrogatories for perpetuall remembrance of the matter touching the shipp the Isaack whereof William Thomas was master, and her ladeing cast away by meanes of a certayne shipp called the Saint Jacob (whereof John Clason was Master her running fowle upon the Isaack at sea"[5]

March 22nd 1658

  1. John Bonytho of Plymouth mariner aged fifty yeares[6]
  2. George Meade of Plymouth mariner aged fifty eight yeares[7]
  3. John Fletcher of Plimouth mariner aged twenty one yeares[8]
  4. Thomas Hoare of Plymouth mariner aged forty fower yeares[9]

March 31st 1658

"Saunders and others owners of the 'Isaack against the Saint Jacob and John Clason Master of her"

  1. William Westcot of Saint Buttolphs Algate London pewterer aged forty two yeares[10]
  2. Robert Moulins of Saint Margaret Lothbury London pewter aged thirty yeares[11]
  3. Thomas Gregge of the parish of Saint Andrew in Holborne London pewterer aged forty fower yeares[12]
  4. John Bateman citizen and pewterer of London aged thirty five yeares[13]

"Saunders and others owners of the Isaack against the Saint Jacob and John Claeson Master of her"

April 1st 1658

  1. Francis Chaplin citizen and cloathworker of London aged thirty yeares[14]
  2. Francis Hacker of Saint Margaret Loathburie cittizen and salter of London aged forty fower yeares[15]
  3. Theophilus Reuell of Saint Magnus London grocer aged twenty five yeares[16]

April 2nd 1658

  1. William Wheatley of the parish of Saint Brides London grocer aged thirty yeares[17]
  2. John Stace of the parish of Saint Buttolphe by Billingsgate London grocer aged thirty yeares[18]

April 3rd 1658

  1. Stephen Sikes of the parish of Saint Bottolph Billingsgate London grocer aged thirty yeares[19]

Comment on sources

PROB 11/363/319 Will of Sir Francis Chaplin, One of the Alderman of the City of London of City of London. 05 July 1680
  1. London Hearth tax, 1666
  2. William A. Shaw, The Knights of England, vol.2 (London, 1906), p.245, viewed 04/08/2016
  3. John Camden Hotten (ed.), The little London directory of 1677 (London, 1863), unpag., viewed 04/08/2016
  4. HCA 13/72 f.306r
  5. HCA 13/72 f.261v
  6. HCA 13/72 f.261v
  7. HCA 13/72 f.263r
  8. HCA 13/72 f.264r
  9. HCA 13/72 f.265r
  10. HCA 13/72 f.271v
  11. HCA 13/72 f.272r
  12. HCA 13/72 f.272v
  13. HCA 13/72 f.273r
  14. HCA 13/72 f.306r
  15. HCA 13/72 f.306r
  16. HCA 13/72 f.306v
  17. HCA 13/72 f.307r
  18. HCA 13/72 f.307v
  19. HCA 13/72 f.308r