On This Day: 3 July 1708

On this day in 1708, Captain Patrick Bapty of Leith, North Britain [this was only 14 months since the Union of England and Scotland and it is interesting to see that Scotland was seen as North Britain] assigned to James Davies the money due as wages of Martin Sheills and George Nairne whilst serving on the Mary Galley.

Sheilla and Nairne were Davies’ apprentices and had been loaned by Bapty for the voyage to India. Their wages, due following the loss of the Mary Galley after a full round-trip voyage to the East Indies of a little more than years, amounted to £42/12/6 [about £6,300 in today’s purchasing power] but it seems that their master would receive their money. Both had been employed as foremastmen and were discharged on 14 December 1706. The unfortunate Nairne had been injured during the same privateers attack as their captain, Joseph Tolson.

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