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BOWREY, Thomas (d 1713)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/427
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Full 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.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

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 Information

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.

Allied Materials

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.

Description Notes

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.

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