Christopher Billop

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth1650 - London CSORN
First Known Service1671CSORN
Last Known Service23.5.1693CSORN
Date of Death1725 - London CSORN

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
1671 LieutenantCSORN
7.5.1673 CaptainCSORN
7.5.167311.8.1673Prudent Mary (6), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1603
11.8.1673 Battle of Texel 
23.7.16808.9.1682Deptford (10), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1603
8.9.1682 Court Martial : Christopher Billiop, Captain, HMS Deptford. Royal Navy Court Martial, 8 September 1682. Crime: Embezzlement from HMS Providence and selling slaves for his own profit that he claimed had died. Verdict: Not guilty.ADM 1/5253
8.9.1682 Court Martial : Christopher Billiop, Captain, HMS Deptford. Royal Navy Court Martial, 8 September 1682. Crime: Breach of 11th Article of War by sailing without orders. Verdict: Guilty. Sentence: Imprisonment.ADM 1/5253
16891691Greenwich (54), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1603
1.5.1689 Battle of Bantry Bay 
16921693Suffolk (70), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1603
19.5.1692 Battle of Barfleur 
29.10.169223.5.1693Ossory (90), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1603
8.5.1695 Christopher Billop and Thomas Billop , were Indicted for Forgery, by forging one Ticket, and one Letter of Attorney, dated the Nineteenth of November 1692, at the House of one Mrs. King in Darby Court, in Channel-Row, Westminster , in the Name of one John Sympson, aged about Sixty Years; who served in Their Majesties Ship, Suffolk, from the First Day of April 1691, to the Thirteenth of June 1692; and stopt the Moneys, with an intent to cheat and defraud His Majesty of the said Pay , there being no such Person as John Sympson as was alledged by one Richard Williams , who swore that he did see the Captain , Christopher Billop, sign the Letter of Attorney, in the Name of Sympson, and did see Thomas Billop seal the same; which was witnessed by Christopher Billop, William Benton and John Jones ; and William Bedford , the Captain's Boy, swore to the same effect. Williams being a Baliff's Follower, and not a great Reputation sufficient to charge so worthy a Person as Captain Billop with so base a Fact. The Captain called some Noble Peers of the Realm to Speak for him, besides several Merchants who gave him Credit and Reputation; and the Jury having considered of the whole Matter, he was found not guilty .ref:894
27.2.1695/96 Christopher Billop , of the Parish of Saint Clements Danes , was indicted for a Misdemeanor, for forging three Certificates in the Names of Thomas Fowler, Thomas Tiplady, and William Whitson, on the 20th day of May , in the Year 1692 . It appeared that the Prisoner was Captain of His Majesty's Ship, the Suffolk , and that His Majesty allowing Bounty money to the Widows, whose Husbands had been slain in Battel, he contrived by Forgery to get the King's Bounty-money, which he did effect in this manner: He gave to one Mrs. King three Certificates that there were such men slain on Board His Majesty's Ship, the Suffolk, on the 19th of May, and Mrs. King getting two women more, who pretended themselves to be Widows of the Persons that were slain; and by their cunning Wiles obtained from the Overseers and Church-wardens of St. Clements Danes, and St. Martins in the Fields, Certificates that they were the Widows of those who were slain in Battel. The Prisoner's Counsel alledged, that the Prisoner was a Person that had been a very noble Captain, and had done great Service for the Kingdom, and called Persons of very great Quality, and divers worthy Citizens to his Reputation, who said that they could not think him guilty of such a Crime. The Jury found him not guilty .ref:894
27.2.1695/96 Christopher Billop , Thomas Billop and Thomas Farmer , were all indicted for forging and counterfeiting three Letters of Attorney, with Wills to them, in the Names of Humphry Humble, William Watkins, and Lawrence Ley, and likewise for making ten more . They were all acquitted after a long Tryal.ref:894

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