Little John (Portsmouth)

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Coordinate 50.821039, -1.094814
Adm. div. Hampshire
Vicinity In the harbour?
Type Transport
Interest Robin Hood name
Status Defunct
First Record 1451
A.k.a. Le Littell John
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By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-11-06. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-11-30.

The balinger 'Littell John of Portesmouth' was involved in piracy or at any rate the illegal confiscation of a vessel and its cargo in 1451.


1451 - Little John ship of Portsmouth

[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]



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