On This Day: 12 March 1706/07

On this day in 1707, a statement from the owners of the ship Worcester was read to the Lords at the cockpitt. Originally a cock-fighting venue and theatre and later a royal residence, by this time, the Cockpit-in-Court or Royal Cockpit was used as offices by the Treasury.

The address was the continuance of Bowrey’s attempts to obtain compensation for his fellow owners and himself for their losses when the Worcester was seized in Leith near Edinburgh. Bowrey never ceased trying to obtain redress, even writing into his will that his cousin, Thomas Studds, should be given an additional bequest when (not if) when his share should be recovered.

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