1451 - Little John ship of Portsmouth

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Date 1451
Topic Balinger the Little John involved in piracy or unlawful confiscation of ship and cargo
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By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-11-06. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-08.


[17 Feb. 1451:]
Commission to John du Port of Salisbury the younger, John Spadard of Pole, John Marche of Guerneseye, John Martyn, William du Port, Thomas Robyn, Thomas Maubry, Peter du Rocker, Philip John and Reynold Mayn, reciting that divers lieges of the king in a balinger of England called le Littell John of Portesmouth, whereof Ralph Atkyn is master and George Blakherst possessor and victualler, took a pinnace of the isle of Guernesey pertaining to merchants thereof and lying at anchor within the port of Kyhaven in the isle of Wight, co. Southampton, with divers goods and merchandise therein of no small value, disposing thereof at will; and appointing the said commissioners to arrest the balinger, pinnace and merchandise and commit to prison the guilty and keep the balinger and merchandise safely till further order.[1]

Source notes

Membrane 11d. of the Patent Roll for 29 Henry VI – Part I. Marginal note: "Feb. 17. Westminster". Italic type as in printed source.

IRHB comments

See further the pages Little John (Portsmouth) and Petit John (Southampton) for the possibility that these two are identical.



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