|Death: ||Sep., 1625|
Ship captain, merchant adventurer, and a stockholder of the Virginia Company of London, East India Company, and the Northwest Passage Company, Timberlake was an associate of Henry Wriothesley, third Earl of Southampton. In 1601 he journeyed to the Mediterranean Sea in his ship The Trojan, calling in at the ports of Algiers and Tunis, before reaching Alexandria and eventually by land Cairo. From there he proceeded with fellow Englishman, John Burrell, on an eventful journey to Jerusalem. Upon his return he published in 1601 an account entitled The travailes of Mr. Henry Tymberley from the grand Caire in Egypt to Jerusalem, and in 1603 published a travelogue called A True and Strange Discourse of the Trauailes of two English Pilgrims... The book was popular and reprinted in numerous editions. He continued his travels as a merchant adventurer, journeying to Virginia, where he was at a committee meeting for Smythe's Hundred in 1618, and also to Bermuda.
Describing himself as Henry Timberlake of Chillinge in the parish of Titchfield, in the County of Southampton, gentleman, he wrote his will on July 10, 1625, which was proved May 13, 1626 [P.C.C. Hele, 63]. On Jan. 30, 1643/44 his daughter Sarah Timberlake Bellecre was commissioned to administer the estate, as all the executors were deceased. His will mentions his lands and tenements in Virginia and Bermuda, a parcel called 'Hobbs' or 'Madames Land' at Barking in Essex, his land called 'Mount Marsh' at Prittlewell in Essex, two cottages at Lambeth Marsh near London, as well as his leasehold tenements in London. He left legacies to his wife Margaret, his eldest son Thomas Timberlake, his youngest son Henry Timberlake, his daughter Sarah (now wife of Timothy Blier, clerk, of Titchfield), his daughter Hester (now wife of Thomas Williams), his sister Katherine (wife of Benjamin Burrowes), and many more grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and servants. His will also mentions his indebtedness to his 'good friend' Arthur Bromfield, esquire.
Mr. Henry Timberlake of London, Merch't, and Mr. Arthur Bromfield of Titchfeilde, co. Southampton, Esq., were the executors of the 1610 will of William Haynes of Chessington, co. Surrey, Esq., whose widow Anne Haynes made her friend Henry Tymberlake of London, gent., the sole executor of her 1612 will, which was also witnessed by Margaret Tymberlake. He was referred to as 'Mr. Henry Tymberley of Tichfeild in the county of Southampton gent.' in the 1620 will of William Burrowes, yeoman, of High Holborne, Middlesex.
Joan Taylor published an account of him called The Englishman, the Moor and the Holy City: The True Adventures of an Elizabethan Traveller (2006), ISBN 0752440098.
Henry Timberlake (____ - 1627)*
Esther Timberley Williams (1594 - ____)*
Mary Timberley (1595 - ____)*
Frances Timberley (1596 - 1596)*
Sarah Timberley Bellecre (1597 - ____)*
Harry Timberley (1598 - 1598)*
Thomas Timberlake (1600 - 1642)*
Richard Timberley (1605 - ____)*
Note: 'Henry Tymberlake gent, the great traviller, was buried in the Chancel of Tichefield the 11th day of September 1625'.
St Peter Churchyard
Plot: Wriothesley Vault in Chancel
Created by: Todd Whitesides
Record added: Jan 11, 2013
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