Bourne Archive: Bourne People: Job Hartop
http://boar.org.uk/abiwxo3Marrat’sHartop.htm Latest edit 22 Jul 2010
Web page © R.J.PENHEY 2007
The Bourne Archive.
Fuller’s Biographies: Job Hartop.
Nuttall’s edition of 1840, of Thomas Fuller’s, Worthies of England . Volume Two (pp. 284-5): Worthies of Lincolnshire: Seamen, may be found in Google Books.
Job Hartop was (as he himself* affirmeth) born at Bourn in this
Long and dangerous was his journey; eight of his men at Cape-Verd 2 being killed, and the general wounded with poisoned arrows, but was cured by a negro 3 drawing out the poison with a clove of garlic,† enough to make nice noses dispense with the valiant smell for the sanative virtue thereof.
He wrote a treatise of his voyage; and is the first I met with, who mentioneth that strange tree, which may be termed the tree of food, affording a liquor which is both meat and drink; the tree of raiment, yielding needles wherewith, and thread whereof, mantles are made; the tree of harbour, tiles to cover houses, being made out of the solid parts thereof; so that it beareth a self-sufficiency for man’s maintenance.
Job was his name, and patience was with him 4; so that he may pass amongst the Confessors of this county; for, being with some other by his general, for want of provisions, left on land, after many miseries they came to Mexico, and he continued a prisoner twenty-three years, viz. two years in Mexico, one year in the Contraction-house in Seville, another in the Inquisition-house in Triana, twelve years in the galleys, four years (with the Cross of St. Andrew on his back) in the Everlasting-Prison, and three years a drudge to Hernando de Soria 5; to so high a sum did the inventory of his sufferings amount.
So much of his patience. Now see “the end which the Lord made with him.” Whilst enslaved to the aforesaid Hernando, he was sent to sea in a Flemish 6, which was afterwards taken by an English ship, called the Galeon Dudley 7; and so was he safely landed at Portsmouth, December the second, 1590; and, I believe, lived not long after.
† Idem, ibidem.
2. The point best known as Cape Verde (green headland) is
at the western extremity of
3. This was originally a Portuguese word
for black. In English, it was used to describe someone whose parentage was from
Africa, south of the
4. The biblical Job is mentioned several times in the Old Testament, notably in the Book of Job. His patience is referred to in the Epistle of James, Chapter V: 11.
For a much fuller account of the voyage, see (DNB enter ‘Sir John Hawkins’ then select the ‘merchant and naval commander’). The relevant voyage is the third one.
A further description of the third voyage is available on Paul Welbank’s site.
Go to: Archive Contents.