Gillfard Elvey

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Gillfard Elvey
Person Gillfrad Elvery
First name Gillfard
Middle name(s)
Last name Elvey
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Occupation Shipwright
Secondary shorebased occupation
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Training Not apprentice
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Literacy Signature
Has opening text Gilfford Elvey
Has signoff text Gillfaord; Gillfard Elvey
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Language skills English language
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Res street Wapping Wall
Res parish Stepney
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Res county Middlesex
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Res country England
Birth year 1600
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/70 f.490v Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Oct 11 1655
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Ship classification
Type of ship Shore based trade
Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
Role in Silver Ship litigation None

Biographical synthesis

Gillfard Elvey (alt. Gillfaord; Gifford) (b.. ca. 1600; d. ?). Shipwright.

Resident in 1655 in Wapping Wall in the parish of Stepney.

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Fifty-five year old Gillfard Elvey deposed on October 11th 1655 in the High Court of Admiralty. He was examined on an allegation dated October 5th 1655 on behalf of Symon Beale in the case of "Beale against Goodin and Langdon".[1]

The case concerned freight due to Symon Beale, who had been employed by Ambrose Gooding and Oliver Langdon to go to Norway to fetch deales for their account. The freight due came to £114-15-00 d.

Gillfard Elvey stated that Symon Beale had asked him to accompany him to Oliver Langdon's house to demand the freight due. On September 7th 1655 Elvey had gone with Beale to Langdon's house at Wapping Wall. The outstanding amount was £64-15-00 d.[2] At their meeting Langdon told Beale he could not pay him at present. Langdon allegedly told Beale "I will speake with my partner Mr Gooding (meaning as this deponent beleeveth the arlate Gooding) and I pray you come you and this man with you on Tuesday next in the forenoone to the signe of the White Harte at Wapping Wall and there I will then meete you and pay you your full due which is behinde (meaning as this deponent beleeveth the sayd 114 li 15 s) to a pennye. On the appointed day, Beale had already left his house when Elvey arrived to accompany him. It was a ruse, since Langdon and his partner "did by the waye cause him to bee arrested at their suite" and paid Beale none of the money owing him.[3]

Comment on sources

  1. HCA 13/70 f.490v
  2. HCA 13/70 f.490v
  3. HCA 13/70 f.491r