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BOWREY, Thomas (d 1713)


Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/427

Held at: London Metropolitan Archives

Title: BOWREY, Thomas (d 1713)

Date(s): 1666-1714

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 34 production units.

Name of creator(s): Bowrey | Thomas | d 1713 | sea captain and merchant


Administrative/Biographical history:

Thomas Bowrey, sea captain and free merchant, was probably of a Wapping family and born c 1650. Between 1669-1688 he travelled and traded extensively in the East Indies. He returned to London in 1688 and, in 1691, married his cousin, Mary Gardiner (d 1715), the daughter of a Wapping apothecary. In 1691 he became a younger brother of Trinity House. He and his wife lived the rest of their life in Wellclose Square, Wapping. He published the first dictionary of English and Malay in 1701. He died in 1713.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Thomas Bowrey, sea captain and merchant, including ledger; correspondence; diaries; drawings; charts; and maps; relating to travel and trade in India, Africa, Holland, France, Batavia (Jakarta) and Persia (Iran); the "Coffree" language of Delagoa and the Telenga language; shipping insurance and Lloyd's coffee house; whaling; and piracy.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Records arranged by MS number, assigned during cataloguing at the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section.

Conditions governing access:

Access only to holders of a History Card. Please see staff if you require a card.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

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Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Business and personal papers were presented to Guildhall Library by Colonel Henry Howard in 1931. These are catalogued as Ms 3041. Further papers were deposited by the library of Lloyd's of London in 1988. These are catalogued as Mss 24176-24178. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.


Related material:

Further papers still are held by the India Office Library.

Publication note:

For printed material see Hakluyt Society 2nd series vols. 12 and 58.


Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Records prepared May to September 2011.

Foreign languages | Languages
International trade | Trade
Maritime insurance | Insurance | Finance
Merchant seamen | Sailors | Naval personnel | Armed forces | State security
Merchants | Mercantile personnel | Personnel | People by occupation | People
Overseas trade | Trade (practice)
Personal archives | Archives
Personal papers | Primary documents | Documents | Information sources
Piracy | Intellectual property | Civil law | Legal systems | Law
Pirates | Criminals | Social problems
Whaling | Fisheries
Criminals x Crime
Military organizations

Personal names
Bowrey | Thomas | d 1713 | sea captain and merchant

Corporate names

France | Western Europe | Europe
India | South Asia
Iran, Islamic Republic | Middle East
Jakarta | Jakarta Reya | Indonesia | South East Asia
Netherlands | Western Europe | Europe
Holland x Netherlands
Persia x Iran, Islamic Republic