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Gosnold, Bartholomewlocked

(1572?–22 August 1607)
  • David R. Ransome


Gosnold, Bartholomew (1572?–22 August 1607), sea captain and explorer, was the son of Anthony Gosnold, a Suffolk gentleman of Grundisburgh, Clopton, and Burgh, and Dorothy Bacon of Hessett, a kinswoman of Sir Nicholas Bacon, the lord keeper of the Great Seal of England. Bartholomew is first recorded on 20 October 1572, when his great-grandfather, Robert Gosnold of Otley, included him in his will. Bartholomew’s education, at Cambridge University and the Inns of Court, was intended to fit him for life as a country gentleman: in 1587 he entered Jesus College; in 1589 he and his father together purchased land; and on 9 February 1593 he transferred from New Inn to the more prestigious Middle Temple....

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