James Gilbert

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James Gilbert
Person James Gilbert
First name James
Middle name(s)
Last name Gilbert
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Occupation Merchant
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Training Not apprentice
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Has opening text James Gilbert
Has signoff text James Gilbert
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Language skills English language, French language
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Birth town Coural
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Birth province Normandy
Birth country France
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Res parish Saint Martin Orgar
Res town London
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Res country England
Birth year 1625
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First deposition age 30
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/70 f.601r Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Sep 5 1655
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Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
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Biographical synthesis

James Gilbert (b. ca. 1625; d. ?). Merchant.

Born in Coural, near Saint Malo in France. Lived in Exeter for two years ca. 1647-1649, and in London from ca. 1649 to 1655.

Resident in 1655 in the parish of Saint Martin Orgar.

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Thirty year old James Gilbert deposed on September 5th 1655 in the High Court of Admiralty. He was examined on an allegation in the case of "The claime of the said William Belyn for the Crosse of Jerusalem".[1]

James Gilbert stated that he had known William Belyn of Amsterdam for twelve years or more, and that Belyn was accounted an inhabitant and burger of Amsterdam. Belyn was married to a Dutch woman. Gilbert himself had been born in Coural near Saint Malo in France, but had lived in London for the last six years, and before that for two years in Exeter. For the last five years he had known William Belyn by correspondence, burt had known him earlier in Saint Malo, where Belyn had largely resided before moving to Amsterdam. According to James Gilbert, Belyn moved to Amsterdam some twelve or fourteen years before Gilbert's deposition "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 desquighted 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."[2]

Comment on sources

  1. HCA 13/70 f.601r
  2. HCA 13/70 f.601r