On This Day: 17 November 1709

Yesterday, I wrote about Thomas Bowrey’s claim for a large sum in compensation for the loss of the Worcester and her cargo. He could also be as persistent for much smaller amounts.

There is a great deal of correspondence from a Mr Spottiswood in Edinburgh concerning Bowrey’s claim of £40 (worth just under £5,000 today) against a Mr Short. On this day in 1709, Spottiswood wrote yet another letter, this time proposing that Bowrey settle out of court permitting Short to pay his debt a £10 over 18 months.

Nowhere in the correspondence have I been able to find how the debt was incurred but the only business Bowrey is known to have had in Scotland concerned the Worcester.  Later letters from Spottiswood suggest that Short had difficulty paying the final £10 of this debt, claiming that he had not realised that it had not been paid.


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