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Capt. John Barton

Capt. John Barton

Male Bef 1440 - 1476  (~ 36 years)

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  • Name John Barton 
    Prefix Capt. 
    Born Bef 1440  Leith, Midlothian, Scotland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1476 
    • John Barton, the eldest son, was of Leith and celebrated as a Scots Naval Officer during the reigns of King James III and King James IV.

      He combines the twofold occupation of Merchant and Naval Officer, such combination being usual at the period in which he lived.  It is most probably, indeed, that in the early Naval History of all nations, the Commanders were selected, generally, from merchants who practice was to navigate their own Ships.

      At some time during the period of 1460-1476, King James III gave to John Barton the gift of a mariage (tenure of lands and buildings, including a dwelling house).  After John's death, the King gave the mariage to Mr. James Henrisoun. (see The Register of the Privy Seal of Scotland, Vol. I (A. D. 1488-1529), item 3041).

      During the reign of King James III, John Barton was a celebrated Scotch naval officer and a merchant shipper of Leith, County Edinburgh, Scotland.  He is mentioned in the 1474-1475 account of the Chamberlain of County Fife, Scotland, as master of the vessel "King's Carvel" (or the "Yellow Carvel") which was plundered by the Portuguese.

      In 1476, he put out to sea from the port of Sluys/Sluis (in Flanders - now in Zeeland, Netherlands) with his ship "Juliana."  The ship (laden with a very valuable cargo) was suddenly attacked by two armed Portuguese ships, one of which was commanded by Juan Vasques and the other by Juan Pret.  Some of the crew of the Juliana were killed, many wounded and forced into slavery, while others were thrown into a fishing boat and set adrift.

      All this occurred in sight of a large fleet of Portuguese merchantmen, which was sailing out of Sluys, on their voyage back to Lisbon, but took no part in the outrage.  The Juliana was carried into Lisbon, Portugal.

      Charles, Duke of Burgundy, Count of Flanders, being incensed, not so much by the flagrant injustice towards the Juliana, as by the violation of the laws of his port, notified the King of Portugal, that the whole of the outrage had been taken legal cognizance of, and at the same time, warned him, unless he undertook that the offenders should be surrendered, or the injury compensated, he would take care that the Portuguese, who frequented the mart towns of Flanders, should make good the damages, which had been by sentence pronounced.

      It appears that John was among those few who were set adrift in the fishing boat.  He proceeded to Lisbon to seek indemnity, and the affair was brought before the Courts of Law.  The court trifled with, or evaded, the matter, and as John persisted in pursuit of redress, he was murdered (in 1476), probably by Vasquez or Pret or their adherents, with a view of putting an end to the affair.

      John was the father of three sons and a daughter.
    Person ID I39139  Stedman Families of the United Kingdom

    Father Andrew Barton,   b. Abt 1420,   d. Bef 22 Jun 1518, Leith, Midlothian, Scotland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 98 years) 
    Mother Margaret Prestoun,   d. Unknown 
    Family ID F14689  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Miss [--?--],   d. Unknown 
    Married Bef 1466 
     1. Admiral Sir Andrew Barton, Knight,   b. Abt 1466, Leith, Midlothian, Scotland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Aug 1511  (Age ~ 45 years)
     2. Sir Robert Barton,   d. 1538
     3. Adm. John Barton, Jr.,   d. 1513, Kirkcudbright, Kirkcudbright, Scotland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Daughter Barton,   d. Unknown
    Last Modified 9 Feb 2010 
    Family ID F14563  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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