Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
c. 1653-60 -- Judge-Advocate to the fleet
1660-?4 -- Clerk for the Chatham Chest (a fund for disabled seamen)
1663-72 -- Judge Advocate-General
-- Robert Latham's Companion volume (10) to the Latham & Matthews edition of the diary. The year information for Fowler's Chatham Chest post, with its odd lack of information for one digit of the year, is just as it is in the Companion volume (presumably it means some document was rendered illegible at one spot). The Companion volume has a very short article on the Chatham Chest on page 59.
Fowler once played the lute "when a young man," but he lost the use of his hand for some reason (Pepys's diary, 25 August 1660).
He was a friend of Will Hewer.
Fowler's son, possibly named Ludwig, was an apothecary. In 1657, a Ludwig Fowler was named a "freeman" of the Society of Apothecaries in London.
-- L&M volumes 1 (1660), 10 (Companion), 11 (Index)
The King reminds the judge-Advocate of his duties:
To John Fowler, Esq., Judge-Advocate of His Majesty's Fleet.
Whereas upon Consideration had of the Usefulness of a Judge-Advocate to be appointed in reference to the Articles established by Parliament, for the regulating and better government of his Majesty's Navy, Ships of War, and Forces by Sea, I have thought fit to appoint you to be Judge-Advocate of his Majesty's Fleet: These are therefore, to will and require you, from time to time, to attend all Courts-Martial that shall be called on board the Ship Admiral, or any other Ship in his Majesty's Fleet, where you shall be present, for Trial of Offenders against the said Articles and Orders; and to examine all such Persons as shall from time to time, during your Employment in the said Place, be brought or produced as Witnesses, in order to the due Proof of the Matter of Fact laid to the Charge of them, or any of them; and in all other things to do and perform the Duty of your Place, in as full and ample manner, as any Judge-Advocate of a Fleet might, or ought to do; and you are to observe and follow such farther Instructions and Directions, as you shall from time to time receive from myself, or the Commander in chief of the Fleet, where you shall be present: And for your Service herein, you are to receive such an Allowance of Sallary, Fees, Perquisites, and other Considerations as usually hath been, or that shall be thought meet to be allowed to a Judge-Advocate of his Majesty's Fleet. And for so doing, this shall be your Warrant. Given under my Hand and Seal, the 17th of January, 1662.JAMES.
Wait, haha, James wasn't the King! was Lord High Admiral.
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