5 January 1659. Robert Aslin aged 22, servant of Benjamin Ward of London, scrivener, deposes that on 15 January 1658 Samuel Venner of London, merchant, signed a financial obligation to John Silke, citizen and gunmaker of London. Ambrose Newton aged 26, servant of Silke, deposes that his master consigned guns by the Experiment of London, Mr. George Boyce. William Browne of London, merchant aged 35, deposes that in January 1658 he, his brother Job Browne, and Samuel Venner loaded goods on board ship at Gravesend. Arthur Myles, citizen and scrivener of London aged 32, deposes that Job Browne and Samuel Venner of London, merchants, signed a financial obligation to William Browne of London, merchant, on 30 November 1657. John Silke and William Browne name Job Browne, now resident in Barbados, as their attorney. (MCD 9).
The Gunmakers’ Company was granted its Charter on 14 March 1637, but it was not until 5 June 1656 that the Charter was actually enrolled and the Company was able to start proving arms. In 1657 the proof of arms was carried out ‘next the Bulwarke under the City Wall’ near Aldgate on ground owned by John Silke, who was enrolled as a citizen and Gunmaker on 12 June 1656. The Company is unique among City Guilds in always having had its existence outside City bounds. By 1662 the Bulwarke was said to be old, damaged and in danger of collapse – though history does not record whether the Company contributed to its disrepair. A new proving place was found in 1663, and rented from a Mr Durban, but there is no record of its exact location.
Middlesex/London SAUNDERS & SANDERS in the Gun Trade
(extracted from "Gunmakers of London 1350-1850" by Howard L. Blackmore, Oxford, 1986; & "Alphabetical List of All London Gunmakers and Related Trades" p199*; author unknown)
Thomas 1, appr. to Robert SILKE, turned over to Robert AUSTIN (1675), free of Gunmakers Co., (1682), Proof piece (1685), Elected Assistant (1702), Master (1707), gunmaker to Ordnance (1688-1715), East India Co., (1705-11); "very sick and very much reduced" (1724)
Description Will of Robert Silke or Silk, Gunmaker of London, London Date 03 February 1702 Catalogue reference PROB 11/463 Dept Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury Series Prerogative Court of Canterbury and related Probate Jurisdictions: Will Registers Piece Name of Register: Herne Quire Numbers: 1 - 44 Image contains 1 will of many for the catalogue reference
Description Will of John Silke, Gun Maker of Whitechapel, Middlesex Date 26 July 1660 Catalogue reference PROB 11/299 Dept Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury Series Prerogative Court of Canterbury and related Probate Jurisdictions: Will Registers Piece Name of Register: Nabbs Quire Numbers: 106 - 160 Image contains 1 will of many for the catalogue reference
Description Will of Robert Silke, Gunmaker of London Date 22 December 1696 Catalogue reference PROB 11/435 Dept Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury Series Prerogative Court of Canterbury and related Probate Jurisdictions: Will Registers Piece Name of Register: Bond Quire Numbers: 220 - 264 Image contains 1 will of many for the catalogue reference
Scope and content Lease for a term of 12 years by Peter Potter, citizen and haberdasher of London, to John Silke of Hog Lane, blacksmith; concerning a tenement or cottage in Hog Lane alias Rosemary Lane in the parish of St Botolph without Aldgate, London Covering dates 9 Jas I Sept 28 Availability Open Document, Open Description, Normal Closure before FOI Act: 30 years Held by The National Archives, Kew
lizjames: If anybody has a link to the Silk family that eventually lived in Blaina Gwent or Monmouthshire, the Silk commission for Welsh Devolution was written by a member of this branch of the family. Sir Paul Silk.
Jul 7, 2017 20:02:36 GMT
daniel walpole silk: Searching for information please
Jun 13, 2017 23:19:15 GMT