Peter Blackborow

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Peter Blackborow
Person Peter Blackborow
First name Peter
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Last name Blackborow
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Occupation Merchant
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Training Not apprentice
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Has opening text Peter Blackborowe
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Language skills English language
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Res town Lambeth
Res county Surrey
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Res country England
Birth year 1627
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Probate date November 6, 1667
First deposition age 28
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/70 f.328v Annotate
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Deposition date(s) May 17 1655
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Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
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Biographical synthesis

Peter Blackborow (alt. Blackborowe; Blackborough) (; d.1667). Merchant.

Resident in Lambeth in Surrey in 1655 and remained in Lambeth until his death in 1667.

Mentioned by Samuel Pepys on August 19th 1665.[1]

His nuncupative will, made on March 20th 1667, and aged about forty, identifies him as a timber merchant of Lambeth. He is also described as a citizen of London and member of the Sadlers' company. His brothers, William and Henry Blackborow, were witnesses to his verbal last will and testament. In this will Peter Blackborow mentions his wife Hannah Blackborow, his son Peter, and two unnamed daughters. He also mentions his partner, Thomas Sherley (alt. Shirley).[2] This partnership was clearly longstanding, since Peter Blackborow refers to his partner Thomas Shirly in his Admiralty Court deposition in 1655

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Twenty-eight year old Peter Blackborow deposed on May 17th 1655 in the High Court of Admiralty. He was examined on an allegation on behalf of Peter Blackborowe in the case of "The claime of Peter Blackborowe for the goods in the shipp the Grayhound John Hall master, lately cast away neare Yarmouth."[3]

The case concerned the casting away of the ship the Grayhound near Yarmouth. The ship was laden with deals and timbers at Holmstrand in Norway. The lading was jointly owned by Peter Blackborow and his partner Thomas Shirley, both Englishmen.

Depositions in the claime of Peter Blackborowe

  1. Peter Blackborowe of the parish of Lambethe in the county of Surry marchant, aged 28 yeares, May 17th 1655[4]
  2. Edmund Lee of the parish of Saint Andrew in the Wardrobe London marchant, aged 28 yeares, May 17th 1655[5]

Comment on sources

PROB 11/325/317 Will of Peter Blackborow, Sadler of Lambeth, Surrey 06 November 1667[6]
- "MEMORANDUM. That Peter Blackborow Cittizen and Sadler of London of the parrish of Lambeth in the County of Surrey Tymber merchant deceased while he lived in the tyme of his sicknes whereof he dyed and more perticularly on or about the Twentieth day of March in the yeare of our Lord one Thousand six hundred sixty six English stile being about Twelve dayes next before his death having a mynd to make his will did declare the same by word of mouth as followeth or to the like effecte videlicet I give unto my loving wife Hannah Blackborow one Third part of my estate I give to my sonne Peter and two daughters one other Third parte thereof And the other Third parte which is lefte to my owne dispose by the Custome of the Citty of London I give as followeth. To my loving wife one hundred pounds thereof To my sonne Peter one hundred pounds more thereof To my brother William and Henry and Thomas Sherley my partner Tenne pounds a peece To buy them mourning And to Laurence Burrow and Catherine his wife Tenne pounds out of my said Thir dparte And the rest and remainder of my said Third parte I give to my wife and Children share and share a like And I make ad constitute my said wife Hannah Blackborow and my brother William Blackborow Joynt executors of this my last will and Testament which words or the like in effect the said Testator uttered with an intent and purpose that the same should stand as and for his last will and Testament nuncupative in the presence and heareing of credible witnesses Being at the premisses in his sound and perfecte mynd and memory Witnesse hereunto Law: Burrowe Henry Blackborow. Probabtum..."

"1653. July 21. Council of State. Days proceedings...(Item) 50. The petition of John King and Peter Blackborow, merchants of London, referred to the Admiralty Committee"[7]

"1665. August 19th. Slept till 8 o'clock, and then up and met with letters from the King and Lord Arlington, for the removal of our office to Greenwich. I also wrote letters, and made myself ready to go to Sir G. Carteret, at Windsor, and having borrowed a horse of Mr Blackborough, sent him to wait for me at the Duke of Albermarle's door, where on a sudden, a letter comes to us from the Duke of Albermarle, to tell us that the fleet os come back to Solebay, and are presently to be dispatched back again.... fn.3 Peter Blackborow, or Blackbery, held contracts with the Navy Commissioners for the supply of timber"[8]
  1. Henry B. Wheatley, The diary of Samuel Pepys, vol,2 (London, 1951), p.34, viewed 08/08/2016
  2. PROB 11/325/317 Will of Peter Blackborow, Sadler of Lambeth, Surrey 06 November 1667,, viewed 08/08/2016
  3. HCA 13/70 f.328v
  4. HCA 13/70 f.328v
  5. HCA 13/70 f.328v
  6. PROB 11/325/317 Will of Peter Blackborow, Sadler of Lambeth, Surrey 06 November 1667,, viewed 08/08/2016
  7. CSPD, 1653-1654 (London, 1879), p.41, viewed 08/08/2016
  8. Henry B. Wheatley, The diary of Samuel Pepys, vol,2 (London, 1951), p.34, viewed 08/08/2016