Benjamin Deicrowe

Benjamin Deicrowe, or Deicrow, Decrowe, or Decrow (c.1560s - c.1646) was an English merchant and warden of the Muscovy Company in 1617 and 1627. He was a freeman of the Merchant Adventurers, the Russia and the East India Companies. He gave his name to Deicrowe's Sound, a fjord in Svalbard (Spitsbergen), Norway, now known as Tjuvfjorden.

Early life

Deicrowe was born around 1560. He was apprenticed to Anthony Marlour.[1]

Career

Map of Spitsbergen c. 1873 showing Deicrowe's Sound lower right[2]

Deicrowe was freed from his apprenticeship by 1588.[1]

He gave his name in 1616 to Deicrowe's Sound, a fjord in Svalbard, Norway, now known as Tjuvfjorden.[3]

He was warden of the Muscovy Company in 1617 and 1627 and was a freeman of the Merchant Adventurers, the Russia and the East India Companies.[1]

He owned property in London, Middlesex and Surrey.[1]

Family

He married and had sons Benjamin, Robert and Valentine.[1]

Death

He made his will in 1626 and amended it in 1632. He probably died in 1646 as probate was granted in December 1646.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Dr Arthur Dee: Merchant and Litigant", John H. Appleby, The Slavonic and East European Review, Vol. 57, No. 1 (January 1979), pp. 32-55.
  2. ^ Muller, S. (1874) Geschiedenis Der Noordsche Compagnie. Utrecht: Utrecht Provincial Society. p. 436.
  3. ^ Conway, Martin. (1982). No Man's Land: A History of Spitsbergen from its Discovery in 1596 to the Beginning of the Scientific Exploration of the Country. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 364.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)


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