John Taylor Junior

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John Taylor Junior
Person John Taylor Junior
First name John
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Last name Taylor
Suffix Junior
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Occupation Shipwright
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Res street Wapping
Res parish Saint Mary Matfelon alias Whitechapel
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Res country England
Birth year 1625
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/70 f.559v Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Dec 20 1655
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Type of ship Shore based trade
Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
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Biographical synthesis

John Taylor Junior (b. ca. 1625; d. ?). Shipwright.

Servant to Wapping shipwright John Taylor the Elder in 1651.[1]

Resident in 1655 in Wapping in the parish of Saint Mary Matsellon alias Whitechappel.

Possibly the same man as "Captain John Taylor", who was appointed Commissioner for Harwich, March 23rd, 1664-65, and held the office until 1668. Alternatively this could be John Taylor Junior's father (b. ca. XXX; d. ?). Sir William Coventry, writing to Secretary Bennet in November 14th, 1654, described Taylor as "a man of great abilities and dispatch". He went on to state "He is a fanatic, it is true, but all hands will be needed for the work cut out; there is less danger of them in harbour than at sea, and profit will convert most of them".[2]

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Thirty year old John Taylor Junior deposed on December 20th 1655 in the High Court of Admiralty. He was examined on a libel in the case of "John Taylor the elder against a shipp called the Elisabeth".[3]

The case concerned a dispute between John Taylor Junior's father - John Taylor the Elder - and the owners of the ship the Elizabeth. The Elizabeth had required repairs in 1651 and these had been carried out in the dry dock in Wapping belonging to John Taylor the Elder.

John Taylor the Elder appeared himself in the High Court of Admiralty on October 26th 1656. Described by the Court Notary as Captaine John Taylor of Wapping, a fifty-six year old shipwright, his signature was a little less flamboyant than his son, who styled himself John Taylor Junior.[4]

John Taylor Junior described the repair work done. Firstly "shee was sheathed and all her old sheathing ripped off and her sides cleane dubbed downe and all her holes under water spiked up". Then "shee was caulked from her water draught downewars on both sides and gr[?av]ed with blackstuff". Finally, "sixe navell hoods the shortest whereof was tenn foote longe a peece, and some of them twelve foote longe a peece brought on her and well fastned to her stemme, and well and sufficiently layed with tarr and haire and made square". In addition, the ship was "new sheathed from the keele to the gerdling both afore and aft with good and sound firre boards which were alsoe well layed with tarr and hayre and made square and nayled thick with nayles and then the sayd shipp was againe cauked and graved as high as her sheathing with white stuffe".

All the materials ("tymber plankes boards nayles tarr hayre and other materialls") and the workmens' wages were paid by John Taylor the Elder. John Taylor Junior, as servant to the Elder "kept his accompts touching the doeing thereof, and payed the workemen who did the same".[5]

Comment on sources


PROB 11/332/294 Will of John Taylor of Wapping, Middlesex 18 February 1670


PROB 11/396/74 Will of John Taylor, Gentleman of Stepney, Middlesex 06 July 1689


PROB 11/408/348 Will of John Taylor, Shipwright of Redriffe, Surrey 07 March 1692
  1. HCA 13/70 f.559v
  2. Henry Benjamin Wheatley (ed.), The diary of Samuel Pepys, vol 8: Aug. 14, 1664-June 30, 1665 (New York, 1894), p.263, fn.1
  3. HCA 13/70 f.559v
  4. HCA 13/71 f.403v
  5. HCA 13/70 f.560r