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17th Century Tokens : Plymouth-01 in Devonshire

W Numbers refer to Williamson's  Trade Tokens Issued in the Seventeenth Century in England, Wales and Ireland, (1891)

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W238: Devonshire, Plymouth (Farthing): (1666)
O  A ship in full sail
ABRAHAM APPELBEE
R  A M A
OF PLYMOTH 1666 A M A
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W239: Devonshire, Plymouth (Farthing): (1667)
O  1667
MARY BAKER 1667
R  M B
IN PLYMOVTH M B
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W240: Devonshire, Plymouth (Farthing): (1658)
O  A trefoil
MAXEMILLIAN BOVSH
R  Three cinquefoils pierced
IN PLYMOVTH 1658
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The above was bought by Mr. R. N. Worth, F.G.S., of Plymouth, at a curiousity shop in London, and kindly lent for description.

Boush was probably a foreigner. There were several living in the town at the time, and carrying on business by permission (purchased) of the Corporation.

W241: Devonshire, Plymouth (Farthing): (1667)
O  The Coopers' Arms
ELIZABETH BYLAND
R  E B
OF PLYMOUTH 1667 E B
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W242: Devonshire, Plymouth (Farthing): (1667)
O  A lion rampant
HENRY CLARKE
R  H M C
OF PLIMOVTH 1667 H M C
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W243: Devonshire, Plymouth (Farthing): (1665)
O  A full-blown rose
NICHOLAS COLE
R  N C
OF PLYMOVTH 1665 N C
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Nicholas Cole was one of the Society of Friends, and suffered much on that account. In 1660 he was taken out of a meeting at Plymouth with others by eight constables and before the Mayor, when, because he refused to take the oath of allegiance, he was sent to prison at Exeter. Again, in 1662, he was sent to the County Gaol "for being at a conventicle, and holding it unlawful to swear in any case." He with others lay there till the next sessions. In 1663 he was fined 12d. for absence from public worship; and because he refused to pay, goods worth 6s. were taken away. In 1664 N C opened his shop after the soldiers had been sent to close it, for which he was taken before the Mayor, when, rather than give sureties for his good behaviour, he was committed to prison, and remained there for thirteen days. He died in 1674. His trade was a mercer.
W244: Devonshire, Plymouth (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  Arms, a chevron between three pears
IOHN COOKE
R  I M C
OF PLYMOVTH I M C
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John Cooke was a merchant.
W246: Devonshire, Plymouth (Farthing): (1666)
O  A castle
BENIAMAN DVNNING
R  B D
IN PLYMOTH 1666 B D
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W247: Devonshire, Plymouth (Farthing): (1665)
O  The Apothecaries' Arms
MARGRET EATON
R  M E
IN PLIMOVTH 1665 M E
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Chistopher Eaton is mentioned as an apothecary in the accounts of the siege of Plymouth, and as being paid for his professional services. Probably Margaret was his widow. The siege lasted, with intervals, from the autumn of 1642 to the spring of 1646.
W248: Devonshire, Plymouth (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  The Mercers' Arms
GRACE ELLIOTT
R  G E
OF PLYMOVTH G E
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W249: Devonshire, Plymouth (Farthing): (1669)
O  1669
IVDITH FORD 1669
R  I F
OF PLYMOVTH I F
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W250: Devonshire, Plymouth (Farthing): (1664)
O  The arms of Plymouth
EDWARD GEFFERY
R  E E G
IN PLYMOTH 1664 E E G
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We learn from Mr. R. N. Worth's "History of Plymouth" that a William Geffery was mayor of the borough in 1657-58. He may have been the father or brother of the issuer. The token is in the Exeter Museum.
W251: Devonshire, Plymouth (Farthing): (1656)
O  A castle
IOACHIM GEVERS
R  I A G
OF PLYMOVTH 1656 I A G
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This man was a vintner.
W252: Devonshire, Plymouth (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  Three gurges
RALPH GORDGE
R  R M G
IN PLYMOVTH R M G
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This token belongs to Mr. W. Gill, of Tavistock, who gave me the description. The three gurges (whirlpools) used as arms of the family were no doubt intended as a rebus on their name of Gorges.

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