✹ About At home with Mr and Mrs Pepys mscease on 27 Feb 2013 • Link Well done article, thanks. So did Pepys ever actually own the house, or was it just a perk of his Navy job? The "claiming" of it seems very informal. Why would he invest so much of wealth into the house if it could be taken from him? I realize that the accumulation of wealth, position and royal favor were somewhat tricky and capricious at the time.