Thomas Sheere

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Thomas Sheere
Person Thomas Sheere
First name Thomas
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Last name Sheere
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Occupation Clothworker
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Training Not apprentice
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Has opening text Thomas Sheare
Has signoff text Thomas Sheere
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Language skills English language
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Res parish Saint Margaret Lothbury
Res town London
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Res country England
Birth year 1605
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/70 f.226r Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Feb 11 1655
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Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
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Biographical synthesis

Thomas Sheere (alt. Sheare) (; d.?). Citizen of London, clothworker and packer.

Resident in parish of Saint Margaret Lothbury in 1655.

'Thomas Sheere' is recorded in the 1638 list of inhabitants of London in the parish of Saint Margaret Lothbury. His property was assessed with a rent of "13/10". It was between the properties of John Garraway and Doctor Burrowes and four properties away from the two houses of Thomas Westcombe.[1]

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Fifty year old Thomas Sheere deposed on February 11th 1655 in the High Court of Admiralty.[2] He was examined on a libel in the case of "Otgar con Jollison", which is elsewhere described as "Otgar against Gallison".[3]

Sheere stated that he was a packer and that at his house in Lothbury in London he packed twenty pieces of perpetuanas for David Otgar into one pack, which he then numbered and marked under the direction of Otgar. The perpetuanas were worth £100, being fine goods. The pack was collected from Sheere's house at the instruction of Otgar. Sheere confirmed the details having made reference to his record book, in which he had made an entry "as hee usually doth in the like cases".[4]

David Otgar (alt. Otger) was a London merchant with Dutch connections. Robert Lewington, a waterman from Allhallows Barking, reported the delivery of packs of goods on behalf of David Otgar to the ship the Queen Hester, which was at anchor near Saint Catherines. Lewington reports that the goods were bound for Amsterdam, as he had been told by Otgar's son-in-law, Mr Prickman.[5]

Mr Prickman was the merchant Jonathan Prickman. A Chancery court record from 1653 lists an action with plaintiffs Jonathan Prickman and his wife Mary Prickman against defendants David Otger and Katherine Otger his wife.[6]

According to the thirty year old Jonathan Prickman, David Otgar's son-in-law, the master of the ship on which the perpetuanas were laden was named Arian Gallison. Prickman valued the perpetuanas at three pounds eighteen shilings a piece, which he knew because "hee then dealt and both before and since hath longe dealt as a merchant in that sort of goods."[7]

Case of Otgar against Gallison (alt. Jollisen)

  1. Robert Lewington of the parish of Allhallowes Barking London waterman, aged 27 yeares, December 11th 1654[8]
  2. Jonathan Prickman of London Merchant aged 30 yeares, January 4th 1655[9]
  3. Thomas Sheare of the parish of Saint Margarets Lothbury London citizen and clothworker of London, aged 50 yeares, February 11th 1655[10]
  4. Edward Dangerfeild of the parish of Allhallowes Barking London waterman, aged 56 yeares, February 13th 1655[11]

Comment on sources


C 7/493/66 Short title: Prickman v Otger. Plaintiffs: Jonathan Prickman and Mary Prickman his wife. Defendants: David Otger and Katherine Otger his wife. Place or subject: money, Middlesex. Document type: bill, answer and schedule. 1653.


"Hearth tax, 1666: Hammersmith, Abra: Otgar 9 hearths"[12]


"Peter Otgar, St. Mary-hill
Justin & Abra. Otgat (sic, but presumably an error for Otgar) at Ald. Dogget, Lawrence Pount.-hill"[13]

"Jos.Prickman, Fanchurch Str-

Mr. Prickmez (sic), St. Mary-Ax."[14]
  1. 'MS, p.177' in T C Dale, 'Inhabitants of London in 1638: St. Margaret Lothbury ', in The Inhabitants of London in 1638 (London, 1931), pp. 97-98. British History Online, viewed 08/08/2016
  2. HCA 13/70 f.226r
  3. HCA 13/70 f.34r
  4. HCA 13/70 f.226v
  5. HCA 13/70 f.34r
  6. C 7/493/66
  7. HCA 13/70 f.206r
  8. HCA 13/70 f.34r
  9. HCA 13/70 f.206r
  10. HCA 13/70 f.226r
  11. HCA 13/70 f.226v
  12. London Hearth Tax: City of London and Middlesex, 1666 (2011), British History Online, viewed 08/08/2016
  13. John Camden Hotten (ed.), The little London directory of 1677 (London, 1863), unpag., viewed 08/08/2016
  14. John Camden Hotten (ed.), The little London directory of 1677 (London, 1863), unpag., viewed 08/08/2016