John Crane (1576–1660) of Loughton, Bucks: Surveyor General of all Victuals for Ships, 1635–42

By L.C. Martin, published May 1984


John Crane was appointed victualler for the navy in 1635 from the household of Charles I. He was described as an honest victualler in an age when more men died of food poisoning at sea than from enemy action. Debts due to failed reimbursement from the crown and after serving for 7 years as victualler for the navy, his subsequent sequestration and fine caused his financial undoing and led to his selling his estate in 1655. He died in 1660 still trying in vain to secure an Admiralty place for his son.

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