Thomas Bryan

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Thomas Bryan
Person Thomas Bryan
First name Thomas
Middle name(s)
Last name Bryan
Spouse of
Widow of
Occupation Mariner
Secondary shorebased occupation
Mariner occupation Cooper
Associated with ship(s)
Training Not apprentice
Is apprentice of
Was apprentice of
Had apprentice(s)
Citizen Citizen
Literacy Signature
Has opening text Thomas Bryan
Has signoff text Tho: Bryan
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Language skills English language
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Birth town
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Res parish Saint Botolph Algate
Res town London
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Res country England
Birth year 1630
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First deposition age 25
Primary sources
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/70 f.494r Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Oct 22 1655
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Has infobox completed Yes
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Has HCA evidence completed No
Has source comment completed No
Ship classification
Type of ship Merchant ship
Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
Role in Silver Ship litigation None

Biographical synthesis

Thomas Bryan (b. ca. 1630; d. ?). Citizen, mariner and cooper.

Cooper on the ship the Charles of London.

"Hee hath gone to sea these twelve yeares last past."[1]

Resident in the parish of Saint Botolph Algate.

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Twenty-five year old Thomas Bryan deposed on October 22nd 1655 in the High Court of Admiralty. He was examined on an allegation on behalf of Tobye Severne William Wood and others in the case of "Tobie Severne William Wood and others mariners of the Hopefull Adventure whereof Richard Husbands was master against the sayd shipp the Hopefull Adventure and against Alexander Bence William Allen and others owners of the sayd shipp and alsoe against the sayd Richard Husbands."[2]

Thomas Bryan was cooper of the ship the Charles of London, a ship which rode in Yorke river in Virginia near the Hopefull Adventure. Bryan testified to watching the company of the Hopefull Adventure pumping their ship the day before she sprang a leak and then after she received five foot of water in her hold. Tobye Severne and William Wood procured a number of the company of the Charles to assist them pumping out the hold, Thomas Bryan being one of these men. The carpenter and carpenter's mate of the Charles were also called upon to help in the search for the source of the leak. Bryan reports that at last they found the leake "to be about the rouge heads of the sayd shipp about five foote and better underwater, and that it was an old trumell hole which was rotted and in which there was much duite and grasse and weedes which had gathered and bredd therein."[3]

Though only twenty-five years of age, Thomas Bryan stated "hee hath gone to sea these twelve yeares last past."[4]

Comment on sources

  1. HCA 13/70 f.494v
  2. HCA 13/70 f.492r
  3. HCA 13/70 f.494r
  4. HCA 13/70 f.494v