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The 24th of March 1654. [CENTRE HEADING]
On the behalfe of Robert hill of London}
Merchant touching a losse in the Blazing starr}
of Leith, in a matter of assurance}
William Moreton of the towne of
Saint Andrews in Scotland Mariner, aged
36 yeares or thereabouts sworne before the
right worshipfull Charles George Cock Esquire
one of the Judges of the high Court of the
Admiraltie and examined upon certaine
Interrogatories ministred on the behalfe of the said Robert
hill saith and deposeth as followeth.
To the first Interrogatorie hee saith that hee well knew and was
master of the shipp the Blazing Starr of Leith at the time of her
last being at Leith in Scotland, boundthence on a voyage for Roane in
ffrance. And saith shee departed from Leith on that voyage on or about the
23th of december 1653.
To the second hee saith there were laden aboard the said shipp at Leith to be
transported to Roane the said voyage 35 lasts of herrings at 12 barrells to
the last, which were soe laden by Captaine Beniamin Bracey a merchant
of Leith, and that as this deponent hath since understood and bin informed
the producent Robert hill had interest in part of the said lading, and
that seaven lasts of the said herrings were for his accompt. And
further saith that as hee heard the said 7 lasts of herrings cost
foure score and tenn pounds sterling at Leith. And otherwise hee cannot
To the third hee saith that the said shipp after such her departure
from Leith with the said lading of herrings, arived in safetie in
the bay before honfleur in the entrie of the River of Roane on or
about the fourth of January 1653, and there came to an anchor within
an English mile of honfleur to attend the tide to goe into the River,
which tide would not serve till next morning. And saith that the
next day the winde failing, this deponent was constrained still there
to remaine at anchor to expect a gale of winde whereby to goe up
the river; But that afternoone there came seaven or eight
ffrench shallops fully manned from honfleur aboard this deponent
and some English ships that were there alsoe riding, and the men came
aboard under pretence to search for salt, and being aboard they
made seizure both of this deponents said shipp and his foresaid lading
and alsoe of the said English shipps and their lading and carried them
to honfleur, where by an order procured fron the ffrench kinge and
his Counsell the ffrench confiscated and made prize of the
said shipps and goods, and soe this deponents said lading of herrings were in or about the middle of ffebruary 1653 ttaken out there and
sold to the ffrench, and were and are thereby utterly lost to the
said mr hill and such others as were concerned in the said lading
without any recompence whatsoever made unto them for the same.
And saith that betwixt the time of the said seizure, and the said taking
out the said herrings by the ffrench, hee this deponent went up to Roane, and there
found and understood that the said herrings would there have yeelded
33 livers per barrell. amoounting to 55 shillings or thereabouts sterlinge
And otherwise hee cannot depose.
Repeated before Colonnel Cock.
William Morton [SIGNATURE, RH SIDE]