Owen Bodman (? – 1618?)
We learn about Owen who was a sailor in the East India Company from their archives. The ship, the Black Lion had previously been “acquired” from he Dutch near what is now Idonesia. The burning of the ship caused a major diplomatic incident and it is no wonder poor Owen was hanged. WE do not know where Owen originated from.
671. Minutes of a Court held aboard the Moon. Owen Bodman, for burning the Black Lion, breaking open the chests, mutiny, and breaking the master’s head, is sentenced to be hanged at the main yard until he be dead ; James Littill, Adam Douglas, and – Domingo, Bodman’s confederates, also found guilty of burning the Black Lion, to receive ten stripes upon the bare back aboard each of the seven great ships of the fleet ; Barnard Wright, for his slanderous speeches, to receive 40 lashes aboard the Clove, and then be turned for a foremast man. Victualling of the fleet, four days in the week, flesh one meal a day, the other three days rice, sugar, candy, and butter. Signed by Sir Thomas Dale, Aug. Spalding, Peter Bowers, John Munden, John Hatch, John Roberts, John Cottwell, Richard Yard, William Crascom, Richard Newall, and William Reckes. [This is dated 21 May 1618, evidently by mistake. Two pages and a quarter. O.C., Vol. VII., No. 802.]