MORTON, JOHN [SSNE 7762]
John Morton was likely to be of English or Scottish origin. He was the pilot of a ship, a ‘galliot hoy’ registered in Bridlington, Yorkshire to John Bower. Bower’s ship had been pressed into service by the late Mayor of Newcastle, Henry Madison and was ratified by Sir William Coventry on 23 September 1666. Bower’s ship left Newcastle for Gothenburg sometime in 1666. Sir William Blackett [SSNE 7759], along with others wrote to the Navy Commissioners in February 1667 on behalf of payment for Morton’s service, where he was stated to be ‘a very poor man’. Morton was subsequently awarded the payment of 16 pounds.
Source: Calendar of State Papers, Domestic [CSPD], Charles II, 1666-1667, p. 462, Sir William Blackett to the Navy Commissioners, 19.01.1667, Newcastle-upon-Tyne; CSPD, Charles II, 1666-1667, p. 501. Sir William Blackett, Marquis Milibank and Henry Brabant to the Navy Commissioners, 08.02.1667, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
This entry was kindly created by Adam Grimshaw.