HCA 13/70 f.601r Annotate
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The 5th of September 1655. [CENTRE HEADING]
The claime of the said William}
Belyn for the Crosse of Jerusalem.}
Examined upon the foresaid allegation,
James Gilbert of the parish of Saint Martin Organ
London Merchant, aged 30 yeares or thereabouts
sworne and examined.
To the first and second articles of the said allegation hee saith and deposeth
that hee well knoweth the producent William Belyn of Amsterdam
and hath soe donne for theise twelve yeares last past and upwards,
during all which time hee saith the said William hath bin and is
commonly accompted an Inhabitant Burgher of Amsterdam and
a subiect of the States of the United Netherlands, and saith hee
the said William hath bin for severall yeares last and is commonly
accompted a maried man, and to have taken a dutch woman as wife
and to have kept house and familie in the said citie, the premisses
hee deposeth having well knowne the said Belyn before
such his going to livr in Amsterdam, and having for foure or five
yeares last corresponded with him the said Belyn in the way of
merchandize betwixt London where this deponent liveth, and Amsterdam
the place of the said William Belyn his habitation. And otherwise he
To the Interrogatories. [CENTRE HEADING]
To the first and second Interrogatories hee saith and deposeth that
hee this deponent was borne at Coural neaare Saint Malo's in ffrance
and hath lived six yeares last and upwards in London, and before that
in Exeter two yeares, and before that all his time in ffrance, and that
hee hath nore relation by kinred or otherwise to the said Belyn
nor hath this deponent any part or share in the shipp in question
or her lading, and saith the said Belyn is of Saint Malo's by birth
and there this deponent well knew him, that being the place where
hee for the most part resided till hee went to Amsterdam, which
was about twelve or fourteene yeares since, at which time there having
bin some falling out betweene him and some other gentlemen of the place
and they setting one night upon him and cutting off the haire of
his head, which was very fairely growne, hee was soe des[?quighted]
therewith that hee presently left the towne, and swore hee would
never come there againe, and soe hath dwelt ever since at Amsterdam
where hee hath prospered very well and is a merchant of good accompt
And otherwise hee cannot depose.
To the rest of the Interrogatories hee cannot depose for hee doth
not knowe the shipp the Jerusalem's Crosse Interrogated. nor any
thing concerning her lading or voyage, and hee referreth himselfe
to his foregoeing deposition.
Repeated before doctor Godolphin and Collonel Cock.
James Gilbert [SIGNATURE, RH SIDE]