Benjamin Gonson

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Benjamin Gonson
Born 1525
Parish of St Dunstan-in-the-East, London, England
Died 1577
London, England
Buried St Dunstan-in-the-East
Allegiance  England
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Years of service 1540–1577
Commands held Surveyor and Rigger of the Navy
Treasurer of the Navy

Benjamin Gonson (c. 1525–1577) was an English Naval Administrator, and the first Surveyor of the Royal Navy [1]. He was a founding member of England's Navy Board during the Tudor period.

Career[edit]

Benjamin Gonson began his career as a private shipwright He began his government work when he was appointed to the new Council of the Marine established by Henry VIII on 24 April 1546 as Surveyor and Rigger of the Navy [2] a post he held until 1549 when he succeeded by Admiral William Wynter. On 8 April 1549 he was then appointed Treasurer of Marine Causes [3] which he held solely until 18 November 1577 the jointly with Admiral John Hawkins until 26 November 1577.

Personal[edit]

The son of Vice-Admiral William Gonson, he followed his father into government service. He married his wife, Ursula, was daughter of Anthony Hussey, an Admiralty Court judge under Henry VIII.[4] on 8 April 1546 he had fourteen children with Ursula all born between the years 1547–67, [5] he died in December 1577.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Ranft, Bryan (2002). The Oxford Illustrated History of the Royal Navy. Oxford University Press. p. 32. ISBN 9780198605270. 
  2. ^ Bennell, John (2004). "Gonson, William (d. 1544)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/47400.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  3. ^ Knighton, C. S.; Loades, David (2016). Elizabethan Naval Administration. Routledge. p. 516. ISBN 9781317145035. 
  4. ^ R.J.W. Swales (1982). "'Hussey, Anthony (1496/97-1560), of London', in S.T. Bindoff (ed.), The History of Parliament: The House of Commons 1509-1558". United Kingdom: Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 4 November 2016. 
  5. ^ Bennell, John (2004). "Gonson, William (d. 1544)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/47400.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  6. ^ Childs, David (2009). Tudor Sea Power: The Foundation of Greatness. Seaforth Publishing. p. 264. ISBN 9781473819924.