January 17th

On 17th January 1527, George Ableson, a wheelwright from Hutton Cranswick, claimed sanctuary at the church of St John, Beverley, for debt.

On 17th January 1583, William Lyon, fisherman of Yarmouth, obtained permission to move with his family to Hull, to become a freeman, to set up business as a fisherman and train others in the trade, giving a surety of £40, but also receiving £10 in expenses towards his costs.

On 17th January 1786, Capt Edward Thompson died of fever in post, aged about 48.   Born in Hull, the son of a merchant. Naval commodore; he wrote an account of the Battle of Quiberon Bay in 1759; he was responsible for organising the government of West Indian colonies of Berbice, Demerara and Essequibo. He was acquitted at court martial of leaving his station in 1781. He published a number of satirical poems, sea songs, plays and a report of naval life. b c1738

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