William Barrett (consul)

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William Barrett (died 1584) was English consul at Aleppo. He was there when John Eldred and his companion, William Shales, arrived there on 11 June 1584; he died eight days after their arrival, as is recorded in Eldred's narrative.


He wrote a treatise on The Money and Measures of Babylon, Balsara, and the Indies, with the Customes, &c., which occupies pp. 406 to 416 of the second volume of Richard Hakluyt's Collection of Voyages, folio edition, 1810. A paragraph records the discovery of the island of Saint Helena, and its use as a provision depôt for the ‘Portugale’ traders with India.

(By Balsara he was referring to the modern-day Basra in Iraq.)



 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Barrett, William". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.