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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 ExportDateFrom / ToVesselTonsBelongingMasterMerchantGoods
Export11 Oct 1595BayunSamaritan50NorthamJames EllyotNicholas Downe of BarnstapleBaise, calf skins.
Export11 Oct 1595BayunSamaritan50NorthamJames EllyotRichard Beaple of BarnstapleBaise.
Export11 Oct 1595BayunSamaritan50NorthamJames EllyotJohn Delbridge of BarnstapleBaise, calf skins.
Export11 Oct 1595BayunSamaritan50NorthamJames EllyotWilliam Punchard of BarnstapleCalf skins.
Export11 Oct 1595BayunSamaritan50NorthamJames EllyotRoger Babbacombe of BarnstapleTanrak(?), calf skins.
Export11 Oct 1595BayunSamaritan50NorthamJames EllyotSimon Colliber of BarnstapleBaise, calf skins.
Export11 Oct 1595BayunSamaritan50NorthamJames EllyotArthur Dueke of BarnstapleCalf skins.
Export11 Oct 1595RochellDiana26NorthamRichard BarretWilliam Coliber of BarnstapleDunsters, Tawntons fine grain.
Export11 Oct 1595RochellDiana26NorthamRichard BarretJames Beaple of BarnstapleFine grain, dunsters.
Export11 Oct 1595RochellDiana26NorthamRichard BarretRichard Ferris of BarnstapleBaise, dunsters.
Export11 Oct 1595RochellDiana26NorthamRichard BarretRoger Beaple of BarnstapleCalf skins.
Export20 Oct 1595RochellGrace40BarnstapleJames MoltonJames MoltonCoal.
Export20 Oct 1595RochellGrace40BarnstapleJames MoltonJoseph Coliber of BarnstapleDunsters.
Export14 Oct 1595RochellPhenixe30NorthamRobert WhitsuneRoger Beaple of BarnstapleBaise.
Export14 Oct 1595RochellPhenixe30NorthamRobert WhitsuneJohn Delbridge of BarnstapleBaise.
Export14 Oct 1595RochellGifte40BarnstapleWilliam LiellRoger Beaple of BarnstapleBaise.
Export14 Oct 1595RochellGifte40BarnstapleWilliam LiellJohn Pyncombe of South MoltonDunsters.
Export26 Oct 1595RochellPrudence60NorthamJohn BeapleRichard Doderige of BarnstapleBaise.
Export26 Oct 1595RochellPrudence60NorthamJohn BeapleJohn BeapleDevon kersies, fine grain kersies.
Export26 Oct 1595RochellPrudence60NorthamJohn BeaplePenticost Doderidge of BarnstapleBaise, dunsters.
Export26 Oct 1595RochellPrudence60NorthamJohn BeapleGeorge Stanberie of BarnstapleDunsters.
Export26 Oct 1595RochellPrudence60NorthamJohn BeapleJohn Delbridge of BarnstapleBaise.
Export26 Oct 1595RochellPrudence60NorthamJohn BeapleArthur Dueke of BarnstapleDevon kersies, fine grain kersies, baise.
Export26 Oct 1595RochellPrudence60NorthamJohn BeapleRichard Ferris of BarnstapleBaise.
Export26 Oct 1595RochellPrudence60NorthamJohn BeapleJames Beaple of BarnstapleDevon kersies, fine grain kersies.
Export26 Oct 1595RochellGeorge20FremingtonJohn HockkynJohn Delbridge of BarnstapleCottons, baise, Devon kersies.
Export31 Oct 1595RochellKatheren40ClovellyAnthony FishleyRobert Martyn of BarnstapleDnnsters, Tawntons fine grain, Devon kersies.
Export31 Oct 1595RochellKatheren40ClovellyAnthony FishleyJohn Harris of BarnstapleBaise, cottons.
Export6 Nov 1595RochellPhenixe30NorthamRobert WhitsuneJames Beaple of BarnstapleBaise, Devon kersies, fine grain kersies.
Export6 Nov 1595RochellPhenixe30NorthamRobert WhitsuneRoger Beaple of BarnstapleBaise, calf skins.
Export6 Nov 1595RochellPhenixe30NorthamRobert WhitsuneJoseph Coliber of BarnstapleBaise.
Export10 Nov 1595RochellFrances30NorthamJohn LymberyNicholas Downe of Barnstaple[illeg]
Export28 Dec 1595RochellHandmayde50BidefordChristopher BerymanBuptist Tooker of BarnstapleCoal.
Export10 Jan 1595/96RochellAdvantage40BarnstapleJohn Sherm[an]Richard Doderige of BarnstapleDunsters.
Export10 Jan 1595/96RochellAdvantage40BarnstapleJohn Sherm[an]John Pyncombe of South MoltonDunsters, Devon kersies, fine grain kersies.
Export10 May 1596RochellDiana25NorthamWilliam MullePenticost Doderidge of BarnstapleBaise, saise.
Export10 May 1596RochellDiana25NorthamWilliam MulleGeorge Stanberie of BarnstapleBaise.
Export10 May 1596RochellDiana25NorthamWilliam MulleJohn Delbridge of BarnstapleBaise.
Export22 May 1596RochellGift40BarnstapleWilliam LiellJohn Delbridge of BarnstapleDevon kersies, fine grain kersies, cottons, baise.
Export22 May 1596RochellGift40BarnstapleWilliam LiellGeorge Baker of BarnstapleCottons.
Export22 May 1596RochellGift40BarnstapleWilliam LiellGeorge Stanberie of BarnstapleKersies, cottons.
Export28 May 1596RochellSpeedwell50BarnstapleWilliam LeggThomas Gune of South MoltonDevon kersies.
Export28 May 1596RochellSpeedwell50BarnstapleWilliam LeggWalter Morris of BarnstapleDevon kersies.
Export28 May 1596RochellSpeedwell50BarnstapleWilliam LeggWilliam Coliber of BarnstapleBaise.
Export28 May 1596Gwyney?Paradise23BidefordWilliam ChapellJohn Darracott of Barnstaple20,000 christall bedstones, lead weights.
Export8 July 1596St John de LuiseGabriell40BarnstapleHugo SouthcotGeorge Stanberie of BarnstapleBaise, calf skins.
Export8 July 1596St John de LuiseGabriell40BarnstapleHugo SouthcotRichard Beaple of BarnstapleBaise.
Export8 July 1596St John de LuiseGabriell40BarnstapleHugo SouthcotNicholas Downe of BarnstapleBaise.
Export8 July 1596St John de LuiseGabriell40BarnstapleHugo SouthcotJohn Hammer of BarnstapleBaise.
Export8 July 1596St John de LuiseGabriell40BarnstapleHugo SouthcotRobert Martyn of BarnstapleBaise.
Export8 July 1596St John de LuiseGabriell40BarnstapleHugo SouthcotJohn Coliber of BarnstapleBaise.
Export16 July 1596RochellGift60TorringtonJames ElliotPh: Risdon of TorringtonDevon kersies.
Export16 July 1596RochellGift60TorringtonJames ElliotRichard Beaple of BarnstapleDevon kersies.
Export13 Aug 1596RochellPrudence60BarnstapleRobert WhitsonRichard Doderige of BarnstapleDevon kersies.
Export13 Aug 1596RochellPrudence60BarnstapleRobert WhitsonNicholas Delbridge of BarnstapleBaise.
         
Import03 Oct 1595New WorldHandemayde50BidefordAlexander MadockJohn Shurt of BidefordTrain oil.
Import03 Oct 1595New WorldPhenixe30NorthamRobert WhitsonThomas Leigh of Northam, armigerTrain oil.
Import03 Oct 1595New WorldJohn40NorthamJohn ToopeRoger Cade of BarnstapleTrain oil.
Import03 Oct 1595RochellPrudence60NorthamJohn BeapleThomas Leigh of NorthamBay salt.
Import03 Oct 1595RochellPrudence60NorthamJohn BeapleNicholas Down of BarnstapleWhite Spanish wool.
Import10 Oct 1595New WorldJonas18NorthamRobert LymberyJames Cade of NorthamTrain oil.
Import10 Oct 1595New WorldBusse60BarnstapleMelchard YeoJohn Delbridge of BarnstapleTrain oil.
Import10 Oct 1595New WorldSpeidwell40BarnstapleJames BarnehouseRobert Honey of BarnstapleTrain oil.
Import28 Oct 1595RochellGift60TorringtonChristopher BeryPh: Risdon of TorringtonBay salt.
Import03 Nov 1595RochellAdventure30ClovellyGeorge NichollJohn Westcome of ClovellyBay salt.
Import21 Nov 1595RochellPhenixe30NorthamRobert WhitsonThomas Leigh of NorthamBay salt.
Import21 Nov 1595RochellJohn40NorthamJohn ToopeJohn Strange of NorthamBay salt.
Import22 Nov 1595Island of SurreisDiana25NorthamRichard BarretJames Beaple of BarnstapleSurreis oade [Terreras woad?].
Import27 Nov 1595ByonSamaritan59NorthamJames ElliotNicholas Downe of BarnstapleIron, wool.
Import27 Nov 1595ByonSamaritan59NorthamJames ElliotJohn Delbridge of BarnstapleIron, Spanish wool.
Import27 Nov 1595ByonSamaritan59NorthamJames ElliotSimon Coliber of BarnstapleIron, Spanish wool.
Import27 Nov 1595ByonSamaritan59NorthamJames ElliotWilliam Punchard of BarnstapleIron, Spanish wool.
Import27 Nov 1595ByonSamaritan59NorthamJames ElliotArthur Dueke of BarnstapleIron, Spanish wool.
Import27 Nov 1595ByonSamaritan59NorthamJames ElliotJohn Shurt of BidefordIron, Spanish wool.
Import27 Nov 1595ByonSamaritan59NorthamJames ElliotRichard Beaple of BarnstapleIron, Spanish wool.
Import30 Dec 1595RochellSpeidwell40BarnstapleJohn BarnehouseRobert Honey of BarnstapleBay salt.
Import15 Jan 1596TerrerasKateren30ClovellyAnthony FishelyRobert Martyn & John Harris of BarnstapleGreen woad.
Import12 Feb 1596RochellAdvantage40BarnstapleJohn Sherm[an]Nicholas Wichehalse of BarnstapleBay salt.
Import12 Feb 1596RochellAdvantage40BarnstapleJohn Sherm[an]Richard Doderidge of BarnstapleWhite wool.
Import16 Feb 1596MaderasFrances30NorthamJohn LymberieNicholas Downe of Barnstaple[illeg], reeds.
Import19 Mar 1596RochellHandemayde50BidefordChristopher Beryma[n]Baptist Tooker of BarnstapleBay salt.
Import19 Mar 1596RochellMarie40NorthamJohn MillerWalter Beryma[n] of BarnstapleBay salt.
Import19 Mar 1596RochellPhenixe30NorthamRobert WhitsonThomas Leigh of Northam, armigerBay salt.
Import19 Mar 1596RochellPhenixe30NorthamRobert WhitsonPenticost Doderidge of BarnstapleSpanish wool.
Import19 Mar 1596RochellCharitie80BarnstapleJohn WilsonWilliam Norman of BarnstapleBay salt.
Import12 May 1596St John de LuceGabriell40BarnstapleHugh SouthcotNicholas Downe, William Gaye & Richard Beaple of BarnstapleFish, licoras, Spanish wool.
Import17 July 1596St John de LuceDiana25NorthamWilliam MolleRobert Martyn of BarnstapleSpanish wool, iron, feathers.
Import17 July 1596St John de LuceDiana25NorthamWilliam MolleWilliam Spence of Tiv[er]tonSpanish clothwool.
Import17 July 1596St John de LuceDiana25NorthamWilliam MolleNicholas Downe of BarnstapleIron.
Import17 July 1596St John de LuceDiana25NorthamWilliam MolleGeorge Stanbery of BarnstapleIron.
Import17 July 1596St John de LuceDiana25NorthamWilliam MolleJohn Delbridge of BarnstapleIron, Spanish wool.
Import17 July 1596St John de LuceDiana25NorthamWilliam MolleWilliam Shapl[e]y of BarnstapleIron.
Import27 July 1596RochellSpeidwell40BarnstapleWilliam LeggeRobert Hon[e]y of BarnstapleBay salt.
Import27 July 1596RochellMarie50NorthamJohn MillerThomas Leigh of NorthamBay salt.
Import13 Aug 1596New WorldPhenix30NorthamMelchard YeoThomas Leigh of NorthamTrain [oil].
Import13 Aug 1596New WorldJonas20NorthamRichard LymberyRichard LymberyTrain oil.
Import13 Aug 1596New WorldTobie18NorthamJohn BurgesThomas Cooke of NorthamTrain [oil].
Import14 Sep 1596RochellGift40BarnstapleJames ElliottPh: Risdon of TorringtonBay salt.
Import14 Sep 1596RochellGrace40NorthamThomas MoltonRichard French of NorthamBay salt.
Import14 Sep 1596New WorldKatheren40ClovellyJohn DennisJohn DennisTrain oil.
Import25 Sep 1596St John de LuiceGabriell37BarnstapleHugh SouthcotJohn Coliber of BarnstapleIron, Spanish wool.
Import25 Sep 1596St John de LuiceGabriell37BarnstapleHugh SouthcotWilliam Gaie of BarnstapleIron.
Import25 Sep 1596St John de LuiceGabriell37BarnstapleHugh SouthcotJohn Delbridge of BarnstapleIron, Spanish wool.
Import25 Sep 1596St John de LuiceGabriell37BarnstapleHugh SouthcotRichard Doderidge of BarnstapleIron, fish, Spanish wool.
Import25 Sep 1596St John de LuiceGabriell37BarnstapleHugh SouthcotRichard Beaple of BarnstapleIron.
Import25 Sep 1596St John de LuiceGabriell37BarnstapleHugh SouthcotRobert Martyn of BarnstapleIron, Spanish wool.
Import25 Sep 1596St John de LuiceGabriell37BarnstapleHugh SouthcotGeorge Stanberie of BarnstapleIron.
Import25 Sep 1596St John de LuiceGabriell37BarnstapleHugh SouthcotNicholas Downe of BarnstapleIron.
Import25 Sep 1596CanariesGift40BarnstapleWilliam LiellJohn Delbridge & George Baker of BarnstapleSugar.
         
Liber vinorum [free wines]     
Import03 Nov 1595RochellPhenix30NorthamRobert WhitsonJohn Pyncombe of South MoltonRochell wine [not taxed]
Import19 Dec 1595RochellPrudence60NorthamJohn BeapleRichard Doderidge of BarnstapleRochell wine [not taxed]
Import19 Dec 1595RochellPrudence60NorthamJohn BeapleWillmot Lange of BarnstapleRochell wine [not taxed]
Import19 Dec 1595RochellPrudence60NorthamJohn BeapleArthur Dueke of BarnstapleRochell wine [not taxed]
Import31 Dec 1595RochellSpeidwell40BarnstapleJohn BarnehouseRobert Honey of BarnstapleRochell wine [not taxed]
Import16 Feb 1596MaderasFrances20NorthamJohn LymberyNicholas Downe & othersMadera wine [not taxed]
Import25 Sep 1596Canary IslandsGift40Barnstaple0George Baker of BarnstapleCanary 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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