Thomas Peacock

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Thomas Peacock
Person Thomas Peacock
First name Thomas
Middle name(s)
Last name Peacock
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Occupation Grocer
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Training Not apprentice
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Citizen Citizen
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Has opening text Thomas Peacock
Has signoff text Thomas Peacocke
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Language skills English language
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Res parish Saint Botolph Billingsgate
Res town London
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Res country England
Birth year 1629
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/70 f.403v Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Jul 25 1655
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Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
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Biographical synthesis

Thomas Peacock (; d.?). Grocer.

Citizen of London and grocer, resident in the parish of Saint Botolph Billingsgate in 1655.

A Mr Peacock leased space in a small vault beneath the vestry of the church of Saint Botolph Billingsgate in 1659/60 and 1661/62.[1]

Thomas Peacock is listed in the 1666 hearth tax returns for Saint Botolph Billingsgate with a property of six hearths on Butall Wharf West, alongside the property of Tobias Rainmorter with five hearths and Elexanr Robits, also with five hearths.[2]

However, there is no trace of Thomas Peacock in the 1677 London directory, whereas another grocer, Theophilus Reuell (alt.Revell), is listed in the directory at Thames Street near Billingsgate.[3] Revell had deposed in the High Court of Admiralty in 1658, when he gave his residence as the parish of Saint Magnus the Martyr.[4] The parishes of Saint Magnus the Martyr and Saint Botolph Billingsgate were adjacent, with the parish churches situated only a few hundred meters apart.

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Thomas Peacock, aged twenty-six, deposed in the High Court of Admiralty on July 25th 1655. He was the third deponent to be examined upon a libel given in on behalf of Giles Travers. The process of deposition had started on the previous day, with the examination first of Francis Gittings, a twenty year old cooper of Seething Lane in the parish of Barking,[5] and then John Bonnett, a twenty-eight year old cooper of Philpott Lane.[6]

The case was titled "Travers against Pomeroy and against lighter of about 200. tunns whereof the sayd Pomroy is owner and against any other". The case concerned the alleged damage to wine in a ship upon the river Thames which was being unloaded into lighters on the river. At issue was the conduct of the lighter men and an allegation of neglect on their behalf towards the wine.

Comment on sources

Primary sources

PROB 11/211/589 Will of John Peacock or Peacocke, Grocer of London 01 March 1650
- This will does not appear to be related to Thomas Peacock, grocer, subject of this biography, despite John Peacock being a grocer and member of the Company of Grocers
- Written Jan 4th 1649(50)
- John Peacock Cittizen and Grocer of London
- Weak in body
- Son John Pecocke (sic)
- Dwelling house in Saint Nicholas Lane London
- Brother William Pecock, brother's daughter Mary Peacock ("my wives Goddaughter")
- Brother George Peacock, brother's daughter Elizabeth ("my wives Godaughter")
- Sister Sara Robinson, Sara's son John Robinson ("my Godsonne")
- Sister Mary Scrivener
- Sister Ann Sotherne
- Brother-in-law Thomas Moreton
- Brother William Vanham
- Brother-in-law William Edmond and Thomas Poulton
- Parish of Nicholas Acon ("where I now live")
- Sole executor is wellbeloved friend Mr Thomas Muschamp of London Merchant
- Overseers are brother Mr Henry Poulton and friend Mr Nicholas Skinner
- Administration granted to relict Susanne Peacock

London Metropolitan Archives, Assignment, (1) Elianor Willan of Hoxton, widow; (2) Thos. Peacock, cit. and grocer; (3) Ric. Woodruffe, cit. and haberdasher. Ground and 3 mess. in Hoxton, Date: 10 May 1693, Ref: Q/HAL/233

Secondary sources

John Schofield, Jacqueline Pearce et al., 'Thomas Soane's buildings near Billingsgate, London 1640-66, Post-Medieval Archaeology 43/2 (2009), 282-341[7]
  1. John Schofield, Jacqueline Pearce et al., 'Thomas Soane's buildings near Billingsgate, London 1640-66, Post-Medieval Archaeology 43/2 (2009), p.286, citing GL, MS 943/1, ff.37,229,4,86v,90v,95v,174,177,211,219,224,229
  2. 'Butall Wharf West' in 'Hearth Tax: City of London 1666, St Botolph by Billingsgate ', in London Hearth Tax: City of London and Middlesex, 1666 (2011), British History Online, viewed 05/08/2016
  3. John Camden Hotten (ed.), The little London directory of 1677 (London, 1863), unpag., viewed 05/08/2016
  4. HCA 13/72 f.306v
  5. HCA 13/70 f.402r
  6. HCA 13/70 f.403r
  7. John Schofield, Jacqueline Pearce et al., 'Thomas Soane's buildings near Billingsgate, London 1640-66, Post-Medieval Archaeology 43/2 (2009), 282-341