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Samuel Ferrers, agent for the Royal Gunfounder John Browne

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Samuel Ferrers, agent for the Royal Gunfounder John Browne

Posted: 1187538802000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Ferrers, Browne, Felgate, Pierson, Fleming, Quintyne, Quintine, Hawkins, Foley
Hi! I am looking for information on Samuel Ferrers who was the agent for John Browne, the Royal Gunfounder. I have pasted in below the information gathered so far. However, I cannot find any information on his birthplace or when he died.

He worked with one William Felgate who was a signatory to the Virginia Company charter and who, along with his brothers Robert, John and Tobias, left their mark both in Virginia and Bermuda.

Samuel Ferrers sold 15 guns to the London Companies in 1642, and these were sent to the city of Londonderry in Northern Ireland for its defence in the aftermath of the outbreak of the Great Rebellion at the end of 1641. His name occurs in the records and accounts of the Great Companies in this regard.

Any information supplied will, of course, be fully acknowledged in the publication of the book on the cannon.

Best wishes and thanks


Samuel Ferrers was an agent for the royal gunfounder, John Browne along with one Richard Pierson. He lived in the parish of All Hallowes Barking in a house attracting an annual tithe of £20 (Dale 1931, 4), and had his premises at the Half Moon in Thames Street in the parish of St. Botolph, Bishopsgate (Calendar of State Papers Domestic 1644 – 1645, 607, June 24th, 1645), which he leased from the Mercers’ Company (Worshipful Company of Mercers Court Minutes 1641 – 1645, ff 21v, 31r – 32v, 33v). Ferrers became a liveryman of one of the Great Companies, in this case the Grocers. He was apprenticed in February of 1610 for 8 years to one Giles Fleming (Grocers Warden's Accounts 9, f. 385r), becoming a freeman on June 26th, 1619 (Grocers WA 10, 1611 – 1622, f. 332), and was admitted to the livery on November 5th, 1627 (Grocers Court Minutes 3, f. 356). He became a member of the Court of Assistants on November 20th, 1645 and subsequently attended Courts in 1646 and 1647. On September 1st, 1647, he was chosen Corn Renter for the year.

Ferrers was the agent for ‘commercial’ weaponry, while Richard Pierson dealt primarily with the state (Cal. SPD 1644 – 1645, 607, June 24th, 1645), both working with the accountants Henry Quintyne (or Quintine) and Thomas Hawkins (ibid.) who handled the business of John Browne the King's gunfounder. Browne was detained by Parliament on suspicion of assisting the Royalist cause, and in August 1645, Ferrers and Browne’s son-in-law Thomas Foley were put in charge of the works by Parliament. They were required to relinquish control back to Browne at the end of December 1645, in return for compensation of £1000 (Journal of the House of Commons 4, December 30th, 1645).

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