On This Day: 24 April 1693

Today’s document has me completely baffled. On this day in 1693, Bowrey’s father-in-law Philip Gardiner paid his account to Captain William Thompson in full. The total paid was £11 and was made up of a number of items.

Three of those items were the balance due on various accounts, two unspecified and one in respect of the ship Society. It is the fourth items that  has confused me: To a Surgery Bone £2/2/6 (approximately £276 today).

Philip Gardiner was an apothecary but I cannot work out what a Surgery Bone may have been. For once, friend Google has been no help. Answers on a postcard, please.


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