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The 25th day of May 1657.

Touching the Golden}
hart of London.}


Richard fford of London Marchant aged 43 yeeres or thereabouts
áged and Robert Richbell of Southampton Merchant
aged fifty yeeres or thereabouts both sworne before the
right Worshippfull John Godolphin Doctor of Lawes one of
the Judges of the high Court of Admiraltie of England
say and depose respectively by vertue of their oathes as

ffirst the said Richard fford deposeth that hee this deponent and company
(all English men, subiects of this Common Wealth) about
foure yeeres since, caused the shipp the Golden hart of London, of the burthen
of one hundred and twenty tonnes or thereabouts (Peter Gerbraussen now
master) to be built at Rotterdam in holland for their sole account, and
that they continued sole owners of the whole vessell, tackle and furniture,
till about a yeere and halfe since, at which time they sold one third part
of her and of her furniture and appertenances to the said Robert Richbell
alsoe Englishman and subiect of this Commonwealth, but retained the
other two third parts to them selves, and that they are at present owners
thereof, and that noe ffrench or dutch subiect or person whatsoever
other than this deponent Richard fford and company aforesaid hath any part
share or proprietie in the said two third parts of the said shipp or of
her tackle and furniture. And the said Robert Richbell deposeth
that hee soe bought one third part of the said vessell tackle, apparell
and furniture of the said Richard fford and company aforesaid about
a yeere and halfe since for his owne account, and hath ever since
bin and is at present sole owner of the said third part, and was and is
an Englishman and subiect of this Commonwealth.

Richard ford [SIGNATURE, RH SIDE]
Robb. Richbell [SIGNATURE, RH SIDE]


The thirteenth of May 1657.

Andrada. touching the}
Old hillebrand.}

Rp. .j.

Thomas Norton of London Packer, aged 37 yeares or
thereabouts sworne before the right Worshippfull John Godolphin doctor
of lawes, - one of the Judges of the high Court of the
Admiraltie of England and exámined upon Interrogatories ministred
on the behalfe of Isaac da Andrada saith and deposeth as

To the first Interrogatorie hee saith that hee this deponent well
knoweth the interrogated Isaac da Andrada and hath soe donne for theise
nine moneths last or thereabouts during which hee the said Isaac hath lived as
an Inhabitant in leadenhall streete in this citie of London and is there setled, with his serXX GUTTER



Robert Richbell

Wikipedia: Robert Richbell (b.1605, d.1688)[1]

"Robert Richbell (1605 - 1688) was an English merchant and politician who sat in the House of Commons in1660.

Richbell was the son of Robert Richbell, yeoman, of Overton, Hampshire. He was apprenticed in the CIty of London as a Skinner in 1622, but did not become a member of the Worshipful Company of Skinners until 1638. For much of his life he divided his business interests between London and Southampton. He was commissioner for assessment for Hampshire in 1652 and again in 1657. In 1658 he became a freeman of Southampton. He was commissioner for assessment for Hampshire from January 1660 until 1663 and a commissioner for militia for Hampshire in March 1660.[1]

In April 1660, Richbell was elected Member of Parliament for Southampton in the Convention Parliament. He was a commissioner for trade from November 1660 to 1668. He was an alderman of London from January to February 1661. He was commissioner for corporations for Hampshire from 1662 to 1663. In 1662 he was mayor of Southampton for a year and during this tme he called out the militia to suppress a ‘mutiny’. He owned wine-vaults near the Customs House and a share of a brewery and supplied deal, victuals and rosin to the Portsmouth dockyard. He was commissioner for assessment for Southampton from 1663 to 1669. He accommodated the King at his house during the royal visit to Southampton in 1669. From 1670 to 1671 he was mayor of Southampton again. and in 1671 was allowed to compound for customs frauds relating to the import of wine and tobacco. He was commissioner for assessment for Hampshire and Southampton from 1673 to 1680 and became a freeman of Portsmouth in 1677.[1]

Richbell died at the age of about 82 and was buried at St Lawrence church on 16 July 1688.[1]

Richbell married firstly by 1642, Frances Exton daughter of Edward Exton, merchant of Southampton and had nine sons and four daughters. She died in 1658 and he married secondly Lettice who had one daughter and died in 1661.[1]"


Primary sources


PROB 11/394/378 Will of Robert Richbell, Merchant of Southampton, Hampshire 16 March 1689
  1. Wikipedia entry: Robert Richbell (1605 - 1688)