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Customs Port Books 1595-1596

Port of: Barnstaple

Book for: Overseas trade

Type of book: Controller

Transcribed by David Carter 2019

Taken from Port Books in National Archives ref: E 190/936/13

Import or Export Date From / To Vessel Tons Belonging Master Merchant Goods
Export 11 Oct 1595 Bayun Samaritan 50 Northam James Ellyot Nicholas Downe of Barnstaple Baise, calf skins.
Export 11 Oct 1595 Bayun Samaritan 50 Northam James Ellyot Richard Beaple of Barnstaple Baise.
Export 11 Oct 1595 Bayun Samaritan 50 Northam James Ellyot John Delbridge of Barnstaple Baise, calf skins.
Export 11 Oct 1595 Bayun Samaritan 50 Northam James Ellyot William Punchard of Barnstaple Calf skins.
Export 11 Oct 1595 Bayun Samaritan 50 Northam James Ellyot Roger Babbacombe of Barnstaple Tanrak(?), calf skins.
Export 11 Oct 1595 Bayun Samaritan 50 Northam James Ellyot Simon Colliber of Barnstaple Baise, calf skins.
Export 11 Oct 1595 Bayun Samaritan 50 Northam James Ellyot Arthur Dueke of Barnstaple Calf skins.
Export 11 Oct 1595 Rochell Diana 26 Northam Richard Barret William Coliber of Barnstaple Dunsters, Tawntons fine grain.
Export 11 Oct 1595 Rochell Diana 26 Northam Richard Barret James Beaple of Barnstaple Fine grain, dunsters.
Export 11 Oct 1595 Rochell Diana 26 Northam Richard Barret Richard Ferris of Barnstaple Baise, dunsters.
Export 11 Oct 1595 Rochell Diana 26 Northam Richard Barret Roger Beaple of Barnstaple Calf skins.
Export 20 Oct 1595 Rochell Grace 40 Barnstaple James Molton James Molton Coal.
Export 20 Oct 1595 Rochell Grace 40 Barnstaple James Molton Joseph Coliber of Barnstaple Dunsters.
Export 14 Oct 1595 Rochell Phenixe 30 Northam Robert Whitsune Roger Beaple of Barnstaple Baise.
Export 14 Oct 1595 Rochell Phenixe 30 Northam Robert Whitsune John Delbridge of Barnstaple Baise.
Export 14 Oct 1595 Rochell Gifte 40 Barnstaple William Liell Roger Beaple of Barnstaple Baise.
Export 14 Oct 1595 Rochell Gifte 40 Barnstaple William Liell John Pyncombe of South Molton Dunsters.
Export 26 Oct 1595 Rochell Prudence 60 Northam John Beaple Richard Doderige of Barnstaple Baise.
Export 26 Oct 1595 Rochell Prudence 60 Northam John Beaple John Beaple Devon kersies, fine grain kersies.
Export 26 Oct 1595 Rochell Prudence 60 Northam John Beaple Penticost Doderidge of Barnstaple Baise, dunsters.
Export 26 Oct 1595 Rochell Prudence 60 Northam John Beaple George Stanberie of Barnstaple Dunsters.
Export 26 Oct 1595 Rochell Prudence 60 Northam John Beaple John Delbridge of Barnstaple Baise.
Export 26 Oct 1595 Rochell Prudence 60 Northam John Beaple Arthur Dueke of Barnstaple Devon kersies, fine grain kersies, baise.
Export 26 Oct 1595 Rochell Prudence 60 Northam John Beaple Richard Ferris of Barnstaple Baise.
Export 26 Oct 1595 Rochell Prudence 60 Northam John Beaple James Beaple of Barnstaple Devon kersies, fine grain kersies.
Export 26 Oct 1595 Rochell George 20 Fremington John Hockkyn John Delbridge of Barnstaple Cottons, baise, Devon kersies.
Export 31 Oct 1595 Rochell Katheren 40 Clovelly Anthony Fishley Robert Martyn of Barnstaple Dnnsters, Tawntons fine grain, Devon kersies.
Export 31 Oct 1595 Rochell Katheren 40 Clovelly Anthony Fishley John Harris of Barnstaple Baise, cottons.
Export 6 Nov 1595 Rochell Phenixe 30 Northam Robert Whitsune James Beaple of Barnstaple Baise, Devon kersies, fine grain kersies.
Export 6 Nov 1595 Rochell Phenixe 30 Northam Robert Whitsune Roger Beaple of Barnstaple Baise, calf skins.
Export 6 Nov 1595 Rochell Phenixe 30 Northam Robert Whitsune Joseph Coliber of Barnstaple Baise.
Export 10 Nov 1595 Rochell Frances 30 Northam John Lymbery Nicholas Downe of Barnstaple [illeg]
Export 28 Dec 1595 Rochell Handmayde 50 Bideford Christopher Beryman Buptist Tooker of Barnstaple Coal.
Export 10 Jan 1595/96 Rochell Advantage 40 Barnstaple John Sherm[an] Richard Doderige of Barnstaple Dunsters.
Export 10 Jan 1595/96 Rochell Advantage 40 Barnstaple John Sherm[an] John Pyncombe of South Molton Dunsters, Devon kersies, fine grain kersies.
Export 10 May 1596 Rochell Diana 25 Northam William Mulle Penticost Doderidge of Barnstaple Baise, saise.
Export 10 May 1596 Rochell Diana 25 Northam William Mulle George Stanberie of Barnstaple Baise.
Export 10 May 1596 Rochell Diana 25 Northam William Mulle John Delbridge of Barnstaple Baise.
Export 22 May 1596 Rochell Gift 40 Barnstaple William Liell John Delbridge of Barnstaple Devon kersies, fine grain kersies, cottons, baise.
Export 22 May 1596 Rochell Gift 40 Barnstaple William Liell George Baker of Barnstaple Cottons.
Export 22 May 1596 Rochell Gift 40 Barnstaple William Liell George Stanberie of Barnstaple Kersies, cottons.
Export 28 May 1596 Rochell Speedwell 50 Barnstaple William Legg Thomas Gune of South Molton Devon kersies.
Export 28 May 1596 Rochell Speedwell 50 Barnstaple William Legg Walter Morris of Barnstaple Devon kersies.
Export 28 May 1596 Rochell Speedwell 50 Barnstaple William Legg William Coliber of Barnstaple Baise.
Export 28 May 1596 Gwyney? Paradise 23 Bideford William Chapell John Darracott of Barnstaple 20,000 christall bedstones, lead weights.
Export 8 July 1596 St John de Luise Gabriell 40 Barnstaple Hugo Southcot George Stanberie of Barnstaple Baise, calf skins.
Export 8 July 1596 St John de Luise Gabriell 40 Barnstaple Hugo Southcot Richard Beaple of Barnstaple Baise.
Export 8 July 1596 St John de Luise Gabriell 40 Barnstaple Hugo Southcot Nicholas Downe of Barnstaple Baise.
Export 8 July 1596 St John de Luise Gabriell 40 Barnstaple Hugo Southcot John Hammer of Barnstaple Baise.
Export 8 July 1596 St John de Luise Gabriell 40 Barnstaple Hugo Southcot Robert Martyn of Barnstaple Baise.
Export 8 July 1596 St John de Luise Gabriell 40 Barnstaple Hugo Southcot John Coliber of Barnstaple Baise.
Export 16 July 1596 Rochell Gift 60 Torrington James Elliot Ph: Risdon of Torrington Devon kersies.
Export 16 July 1596 Rochell Gift 60 Torrington James Elliot Richard Beaple of Barnstaple Devon kersies.
Export 13 Aug 1596 Rochell Prudence 60 Barnstaple Robert Whitson Richard Doderige of Barnstaple Devon kersies.
Export 13 Aug 1596 Rochell Prudence 60 Barnstaple Robert Whitson Nicholas Delbridge of Barnstaple Baise.
                 
Import 03 Oct 1595 New World Handemayde 50 Bideford Alexander Madock John Shurt of Bideford Train oil.
Import 03 Oct 1595 New World Phenixe 30 Northam Robert Whitson Thomas Leigh of Northam, armiger Train oil.
Import 03 Oct 1595 New World John 40 Northam John Toope Roger Cade of Barnstaple Train oil.
Import 03 Oct 1595 Rochell Prudence 60 Northam John Beaple Thomas Leigh of Northam Bay salt.
Import 03 Oct 1595 Rochell Prudence 60 Northam John Beaple Nicholas Down of Barnstaple White Spanish wool.
Import 10 Oct 1595 New World Jonas 18 Northam Robert Lymbery James Cade of Northam Train oil.
Import 10 Oct 1595 New World Busse 60 Barnstaple Melchard Yeo John Delbridge of Barnstaple Train oil.
Import 10 Oct 1595 New World Speidwell 40 Barnstaple James Barnehouse Robert Honey of Barnstaple Train oil.
Import 28 Oct 1595 Rochell Gift 60 Torrington Christopher Bery Ph: Risdon of Torrington Bay salt.
Import 03 Nov 1595 Rochell Adventure 30 Clovelly George Nicholl John Westcome of Clovelly Bay salt.
Import 21 Nov 1595 Rochell Phenixe 30 Northam Robert Whitson Thomas Leigh of Northam Bay salt.
Import 21 Nov 1595 Rochell John 40 Northam John Toope John Strange of Northam Bay salt.
Import 22 Nov 1595 Island of Surreis Diana 25 Northam Richard Barret James Beaple of Barnstaple Surreis oade [Terreras woad?].
Import 27 Nov 1595 Byon Samaritan 59 Northam James Elliot Nicholas Downe of Barnstaple Iron, wool.
Import 27 Nov 1595 Byon Samaritan 59 Northam James Elliot John Delbridge of Barnstaple Iron, Spanish wool.
Import 27 Nov 1595 Byon Samaritan 59 Northam James Elliot Simon Coliber of Barnstaple Iron, Spanish wool.
Import 27 Nov 1595 Byon Samaritan 59 Northam James Elliot William Punchard of Barnstaple Iron, Spanish wool.
Import 27 Nov 1595 Byon Samaritan 59 Northam James Elliot Arthur Dueke of Barnstaple Iron, Spanish wool.
Import 27 Nov 1595 Byon Samaritan 59 Northam James Elliot John Shurt of Bideford Iron, Spanish wool.
Import 27 Nov 1595 Byon Samaritan 59 Northam James Elliot Richard Beaple of Barnstaple Iron, Spanish wool.
Import 30 Dec 1595 Rochell Speidwell 40 Barnstaple John Barnehouse Robert Honey of Barnstaple Bay salt.
Import 15 Jan 1596 Terreras Kateren 30 Clovelly Anthony Fishely Robert Martyn & John Harris of Barnstaple Green woad.
Import 12 Feb 1596 Rochell Advantage 40 Barnstaple John Sherm[an] Nicholas Wichehalse of Barnstaple Bay salt.
Import 12 Feb 1596 Rochell Advantage 40 Barnstaple John Sherm[an] Richard Doderidge of Barnstaple White wool.
Import 16 Feb 1596 Maderas Frances 30 Northam John Lymberie Nicholas Downe of Barnstaple [illeg], reeds.
Import 19 Mar 1596 Rochell Handemayde 50 Bideford Christopher Beryma[n] Baptist Tooker of Barnstaple Bay salt.
Import 19 Mar 1596 Rochell Marie 40 Northam John Miller Walter Beryma[n] of Barnstaple Bay salt.
Import 19 Mar 1596 Rochell Phenixe 30 Northam Robert Whitson Thomas Leigh of Northam, armiger Bay salt.
Import 19 Mar 1596 Rochell Phenixe 30 Northam Robert Whitson Penticost Doderidge of Barnstaple Spanish wool.
Import 19 Mar 1596 Rochell Charitie 80 Barnstaple John Wilson William Norman of Barnstaple Bay salt.
Import 12 May 1596 St John de Luce Gabriell 40 Barnstaple Hugh Southcot Nicholas Downe, William Gaye & Richard Beaple of Barnstaple Fish, licoras, Spanish wool.
Import 17 July 1596 St John de Luce Diana 25 Northam William Molle Robert Martyn of Barnstaple Spanish wool, iron, feathers.
Import 17 July 1596 St John de Luce Diana 25 Northam William Molle William Spence of Tiv[er]ton Spanish clothwool.
Import 17 July 1596 St John de Luce Diana 25 Northam William Molle Nicholas Downe of Barnstaple Iron.
Import 17 July 1596 St John de Luce Diana 25 Northam William Molle George Stanbery of Barnstaple Iron.
Import 17 July 1596 St John de Luce Diana 25 Northam William Molle John Delbridge of Barnstaple Iron, Spanish wool.
Import 17 July 1596 St John de Luce Diana 25 Northam William Molle William Shapl[e]y of Barnstaple Iron.
Import 27 July 1596 Rochell Speidwell 40 Barnstaple William Legge Robert Hon[e]y of Barnstaple Bay salt.
Import 27 July 1596 Rochell Marie 50 Northam John Miller Thomas Leigh of Northam Bay salt.
Import 13 Aug 1596 New World Phenix 30 Northam Melchard Yeo Thomas Leigh of Northam Train [oil].
Import 13 Aug 1596 New World Jonas 20 Northam Richard Lymbery Richard Lymbery Train oil.
Import 13 Aug 1596 New World Tobie 18 Northam John Burges Thomas Cooke of Northam Train [oil].
Import 14 Sep 1596 Rochell Gift 40 Barnstaple James Elliott Ph: Risdon of Torrington Bay salt.
Import 14 Sep 1596 Rochell Grace 40 Northam Thomas Molton Richard French of Northam Bay salt.
Import 14 Sep 1596 New World Katheren 40 Clovelly John Dennis John Dennis Train oil.
Import 25 Sep 1596 St John de Luice Gabriell 37 Barnstaple Hugh Southcot John Coliber of Barnstaple Iron, Spanish wool.
Import 25 Sep 1596 St John de Luice Gabriell 37 Barnstaple Hugh Southcot William Gaie of Barnstaple Iron.
Import 25 Sep 1596 St John de Luice Gabriell 37 Barnstaple Hugh Southcot John Delbridge of Barnstaple Iron, Spanish wool.
Import 25 Sep 1596 St John de Luice Gabriell 37 Barnstaple Hugh Southcot Richard Doderidge of Barnstaple Iron, fish, Spanish wool.
Import 25 Sep 1596 St John de Luice Gabriell 37 Barnstaple Hugh Southcot Richard Beaple of Barnstaple Iron.
Import 25 Sep 1596 St John de Luice Gabriell 37 Barnstaple Hugh Southcot Robert Martyn of Barnstaple Iron, Spanish wool.
Import 25 Sep 1596 St John de Luice Gabriell 37 Barnstaple Hugh Southcot George Stanberie of Barnstaple Iron.
Import 25 Sep 1596 St John de Luice Gabriell 37 Barnstaple Hugh Southcot Nicholas Downe of Barnstaple Iron.
Import 25 Sep 1596 Canaries Gift 40 Barnstaple William Liell John Delbridge & George Baker of Barnstaple Sugar.
                 
Liber vinorum [free wines]          
Import 03 Nov 1595 Rochell Phenix 30 Northam Robert Whitson John Pyncombe of South Molton Rochell wine [not taxed]
Import 19 Dec 1595 Rochell Prudence 60 Northam John Beaple Richard Doderidge of Barnstaple Rochell wine [not taxed]
Import 19 Dec 1595 Rochell Prudence 60 Northam John Beaple Willmot Lange of Barnstaple Rochell wine [not taxed]
Import 19 Dec 1595 Rochell Prudence 60 Northam John Beaple Arthur Dueke of Barnstaple Rochell wine [not taxed]
Import 31 Dec 1595 Rochell Speidwell 40 Barnstaple John Barnehouse Robert Honey of Barnstaple Rochell wine [not taxed]
Import 16 Feb 1596 Maderas Frances 20 Northam John Lymbery Nicholas Downe & others Madera wine [not taxed]
Import 25 Sep 1596 Canary Islands Gift 40 Barnstaple 0 George Baker of Barnstaple Canary wine [not taxed]
Transcriber’s notes:
Port Books for the combined ports of Appledore, Bideford and Barnstaple are housed in the National Archives from 1565 to 1745. There are some gaps due to non-survival of records, and other gaps due to damaged documents.

Typically these books record:
• Date of entry
• Name of ship
• Tonnage of vessel
• Port where vessel is registered
• Port where vessel is going to, or coming from
• Name of the Captain or Master of the vessel
• Name of the merchant responsible for the goods
• Whether the merchant is English or foreign
• Description of the cargo, including the method of storage (barrels, casks, bags), the weight (hundredweights, pounds) and the value for the purposes of assessing tax to be paid.

The following officials were responsible for checking the cargoes and recording the tax due:
• Collector or ‘Customer’ – made a return of all goods exported or imported and all moneys received, for which he issued a cocket (receipt).
• Controller – made a similar return but did not receive the payments.
• Searcher – appointed to prevent fraud, who had to make examine the goods and return a warrant to show he had done so.
• Surveyor - appointed to check the work of the Searcher.

The book for 1595 / 1596 contains 13 pages, mostly written in Latin, but with some English.

Details of the cargoes have been transcribed in brief. Further information on quantity and value may be available from the original document. For example, on 24th October 1595, an entry reads:
Le Phenixe de North(a)m onis XXX dol [30 tons] unde Robertus Whitsune est M'r [master of the vessel] v(er)rs(u)s Rochell decimo quarto die Octobris [24th October].
Rogero Beaple de Barn(staple) mercatorem [merchant] indig(inous) [British] pro duobz balk cont vigint pece baies [2 packs containing 20 pieces of baise], value XL£ [£40].
Some commodities may not be obvious, so here are some definitions:
• Baise – A coarse woollen cloth
• Bay salt - Salt derived by evaporating seawater in the sun.
• Christall bedstones – Unknown, but a bedstone might be the lower stone in a mill.
• Dunsters - Cloth woven at Dunster in Somerset.
• Kersey - Coarse woollen cloth with a smooth back, derived from the village of Kersey in Suffolk.
• Train [oil] – Drained fish oil, usually from cod.
• Woad – A plant used to produce a blue dye.

Similarly, some ports may not be spelt as we expect today:
• Bayun/Byon = Bayonne, France
• Maderas = Madeira
• Rochell = La Rochelle, France
• St John de Luice = Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France
• Surreis = probably meant to be Terreras?
• Terreras = unclear, might be Terciera, Azores

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