“William Peddle was in Musketta (Mosquito),(Bristol’s Hope),
Newfoundland, in 1510 with some of the Pikes, and other people
known as Jerseymen”
“Quiet Adventurers in Canada” Marion G Turk, 1970
A Henry Pedle, Master, accompanied Gilbert in 1579.
|Prizes brought into Dover Haven.
||Answer of Monsieur Valck, a deputy of the Estates of the United Provinces, by word of mouth in London the — of October, 1585, to John Wilford sent unto him by the Lord Admiral and Secretary Walsingham, touching certain prizes brought into Dover Haven by Captain Pedle and Captain Lillo authorised by commission from Count Maurice to take all ships that they should find carrying victuals or merchandise to the enemy.
||Upon perusal of the States’ placard and the letters and passports found in the prizes, who were all bound for Calais, he was of opinion that the victuals and munition which should have been discharged at Calais were good prize; but for the rest of the merchandise for which the owners had passports out of the office of the Admiralty at Flushing he thought it no reason they should be made prize, being passed by order and not contrary to the placard. Lastly he thought it reasonable that the further proceedings in this matter should be referred to the Admiralty at Flushing, whence the captains received their authority and where they were bound to render an account of their dealings in this case. Signed: John Wilford.
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Burial 18 Nov 1721 Rachel Le Cras Peney/Penny … (widow of thomas)
Burial 27 Oct 1729 William Peney/Penny …
Burial 16 Sep 1730 Jeanne Peney/Penny
Thomas Cole on Penney:
Mary Piddle born ca 1740 married Philip Horton of Harbour Grace. He was the son of Mathew Horton and Jeanne Bisson of Jersey.
This article appeared on page 6 of the November 4th, 1974 edition of the St John’s Telegram.
Nicholas Peddle Bard of Mosquito
In the year 1909, the Newfoundland ‘ Historical Society, of that time was deeply involved in preparations to mark the tercentenary of the .of John Guy’s Colony at Cupids, Conception Bay (1610-1910). On January 13, 1909, Nicholas Peddle, a resident of Bristol’s Hope: (formerly Mosquito) in Conception Bay, wrote to W.A. Munn of St. John’s who was very prominent in the Guy celebration committee. In that letter Peddle described the amazing history of his family.
He began by thanking Munn and the others for the interest they were showing in the Guy tercentenary and referred to the controversy about Cupids and Bristol’s Hope as to which was the actual first landing place of the English colonizer. “There is nothing to prove” declared Peddle, “that Mosquito was not the first landing place of Guy, as Mosquito was called Cuper’s Cove, in the early days, the old English word cuper, for cooper..”
Peddle said he had found out that three generations before, his great-grandfather (born 1745), whose name was William Penny, kept a cooperage in Mosquito, or Cuper’s Cove as it was then called. He was a Devonshire man, probably brought out by the first Fishing Admiral to make and trim oil casks and other materials for transportation. Later on, that cooperage was removed to the south side of Carbonear where the business was carried on by Peddle’s grandsires until about 1840.
Peddle had no doubt that Guy, in his explorations, went to Cupids as well as other places in Conception Bay, and might have spent a winter there with some of his people, returning in the spring to his first home. Peddle told Munn he had found another graveyard on the north side of Mosquito with quite a lot of graves visible. The railway to Carbonear ran through it. He found one piece of headstone with the letters
J.F.G. marked on it; the other part was frozen in the ground, but he hoped to find some dates in the spring.
Peddle also declared that he had discovered what really was the Pirates’ Fort down at Keefe’s Grove. There were several old cannon and indication of a fort He said that when he was young, cannon balls and chain-shot were plentiful there, and he promised to try to unearth some of them also in the spring of 1909. There is no record of his having any success.
Also, according to Mr. Peddle in 1909, that property was subsequently held by Mr. Justice Garland who lived there’ till his death. It was a well-known fact that Garland took an active part against the French at Carbonear Island with (Sir) Henry Pynn and Peddles grandsire, Levi Peddle, who was armed with an old sword that had been brought to Carbonear from the mountains of Wales. The sword which was still in his possession up to 1909, is supposed to have found its way into the original Newfoundland museum.
On that memorable day, said Peddle, when the French tried to effect a landing at Cannon Cove on Carbonear Island (1696), only one boat came to land, and the first man who tried to land at Rock Bench received a thrust of that Welsh sword in the breast. No other landing was effected, for the men from Mosquito and Carbonear hammered them with grapeshot and canister until they moved off to the north side. Over there, the old fort at Crow Gulch and the Long Tom on Rock Hill finished the job.
After his letter to the society, Nicholas Peddle was sent a request asking him to set down some facts of his own life and recollections up to 1909. He was born, he said, in the 1830s when supersitition ran high. Fairies and ghosts were the order of the night; stories of phantom ships and ugly monsters instilled fear in the minds of the young and caused them to ponder the thrilling adventures of their forbears.
But, apart from these yarns, he also produced information about Mosquito, such as the fact that in the latter part of the 16th century, one Fishing Admiral married, a fisherman’s or a planter’s daughter by the name of Julia Soper and by that marriage he inherited a fishing room and plantation which he later sold to a man named Pynn. But Peddle couldn’t say for sure if those Pynns were members of the same family who claimed Sir Henry Pynn, the famous soldier of the Peninsular War.
In those days the Jerseymen used to come to Mosquito to fish in summer and go home in the fall. Mr. Peddle said that around the time he was born there were still traces of their houses along the shore. He said there was a superstition among them that they could leave there on a Saturday night and return again on Monday morning in a puncheon tub a remarkable way to weekend in Europe, wouldn’t you say?
Nicholas Peddle also recounted a terrible tragedy which occurred in the early days at Mosquito. A woman named Cauly and her three daughters were murdered there in cold blood. It seems that someone stole a flag from a man-o’-war, apparently an enormous crime in those far-off days, and the Caulys, who knew who the culprit was, said they would tell. But before they could do this they were slain.
About the same time there was another murder committed near Saddle Hill between Harbour Grace and Carbonear. A man named Rafetery or Raftus was beheaded under Saddle Hill, it was said in some connection with the death of the Caulys. And, of course, many readers are familiar with the celebrated story of Henry Winton, the newspaper editor who had his ears cut off while going over Saddle Hill in the early years of the last century.
Nicholas Peddle even penned a few lines with reference to the famous landmark as follows:-
Old Saddle Hill, with all its tragedy.
I love thee still;
O scenes of my childhood,
Why do you still haunt me?
Shoot not thine arrow
Close to my heart;
Why should I mourn.
For the days that are gone by?
Grieve for those pleasures,
That none can Impart?
Still in my dream,
I imagine the beauty,
That Nature sublime,
In such measure did fill.
When sunrays shine forth
On thy dazzling rivulets,
That course down the slopes
Of dear old Saddle Hill….
The patriarch of Mosquito Cove (Bristol’s Hope) also referred to another local tradition, the launching of sealing schooners down the high cliff into Launch Cove. Nicholas Peddle declared that: “To look at the places where thirty-to forty-ton schooners were built and launched, one would think it impossible. On cliffs 100 feet high a schooner was built, where our main street is now (1909), more than a furlong from the water, and launched over an incline of 150 feet These, were the days of the old pioneers,…who should never be forgotten. . .the Gordons, Pynns, Thomas’, Hanrahans, Simmonds, Pikes, Taylors, Peddles, and many more…”
These, and other interesting notes and recollections were set down and passed on to the Newfoundland Historic Society in 1909 by Nicholas Peddle of Bristol’s Hope, Conception Bay, formerly Mosquito. In addition to this information on his birthplace, he also talked about the settling of Fogo Island, in connection with some questions the society asked him about his knowledge of the Beothuck Indians.
He stated that in the very early days, crews from Conception Bay presumably, were left on Fogo Island to cut timber to build boats and other facilities for fishing. He referred to a rather odd collection of names borne by some of those crews which were most appropriate for the kind of work they were doing. For example, there was a man named Bramble, another named Bush, and still another named Thorne. Still other woodcutters were named Head, Legge and Foote. This is a fascinating piece of information and it’s certain that other Newfoundland communities are familar with similar nomenclature.
by N. Peddel
Publisher: [Harbour Grace, Nfld.] : Standard Press, 1904.
ISBN: 0659923327 DDC: 811.52
NF126 : HAG06 PEDDLE, Nicholas (1922) – 1 photo
The (in) famous sword mentioned above is no longer considered to be a real relic.