James Bevan

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James Bevan
Person James Bevan
First name James
Middle name(s)
Last name Bevan
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Occupation Anchorsmith
Secondary shorebased occupation
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Associated with ship(s)
Training Apprentice
Is apprentice of Walter Gough
Was apprentice of
Had apprentice(s)
Citizen Unknown
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Has opening text James Bevan
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Language skills English language
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Res street Shadwell
Res parish Stepney
Res town
Res county Middlesex
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Res country England
Birth year 1634
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First deposition age 22
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/71 f.419r Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Nov 19 1656
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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

James Bevan (b. ca. 1634; d. ?). Anchorsmith. Servant of Walter Gough, whose shop was probably in Shadwell

Resident in 1656 in Shadwell.

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Twenty-two year old James Bevan deposed on November 19th 1656 in the High Court of Admiralty. He was examined in the case of "Walter Gough against the shipp the Redd Lyon alias Lyon of London and against Edward Bigg and Company."[1]

James Bevan stated that a Mr Christmas received iron works accordinfg to a schedule presented in Court. These iron works were to be used on the ship the Red Lyon alias Lyon. The goods were fetched by the servants of Mr Christmas from Walter Gough "at a shopp which was and is belonging to the sayd Christmas and adioyning to the yarde where the sayd Christmas builded the sayd shipp the Redd Lyon or Lyon. James Bevan helped " to weigh and deliver all the sayd Iron worke and other things schedulate to the sayd Christmas and his servants and six others as hee imployed to fetch the same for the use of the sayd shipp".[2]

It appears that the iron work was made near the site of the ship building and not in Walter Gough's own blacksmith's shop. Bevan said that "the iron worke in question was wrought in a shopp in Rederiff whereof the interrogate Christmas was commonly reputed owner, and that Gough did not dwell there, and what the sayd shopp was worth for the tyme interrogate hee knoweth not".[3] Mr Christmas' shop and yard were in Rederiff in Surrey, not Shadwell.[4]

There was a problem with the scales used to weigh the iron. According to Bevan "one tyme scales being uneaven by reason the sayd Christmas this servants had lost an eye of a tackle hooke which was fastened to the scales to make them even the same being discovered and found fault with by the sayd Christmas when one parcell of the iron works in question was about to bee weighted the sayd tackle hooke eye was looked for and not being found an iron ringe was fastened to the scales to make them even instead of the tackle hooke eye aforesaid and then the sayd parcell was weighed and was found good weight."[5]

The iron works delivered were accounted for both by Mr Christmas and his servants and by James Bevan, who kept a score or tally. Bevan stated "the sayd Christmas and his servants and agents who fetched the iron worke in question did keepe an accompt thereof And saith the same was alsoe [?scored] up by this deponent where it was fetched."[6]

Comment on sources

  1. HCA 13/71 f.419r
  2. HCA 13/71 f.419r
  3. HCA 13/71 f.419r
  4. HCA 13/71 f.420v
  5. HCA 13/71 f.420r
  6. HCA 13/71 f.420r