William Badiley was a brother of Richard Badiley (whose service was sufficiently distinguished for notice in the Dictionary of National Biography), William Badiley had equally active service at sea during the first Anglo-Dutch War, and is the Captain Badiley whose action was commended by Adm. Blake, in his report of the Battle of the Kentish Knock where he commanded a ship in Major Nehemiah Bourne’s squadron.
William Badiley later served as a rear admiral for a time, but his service was more often in the dockyards.
William Badiley was a Younger Brother of the Trinity House as early as 1628, when he appears to have been master of a ship in the Levant trade, and subsequently owned several vessels engaged in that trade.
On the outbreak of the first Anglo-Dutch War three of the ships Capt. William Badiley owned, or was part owner of, the Dolphin, Anne of Cleeves and William, were taken up for the state’s service, and Badiley himself served at sea under Blake and Nehemiah Bourne until December, 1653, when he was appointed Master Attendant at Portsmouth.
William Badiley was afterwards Master Attendant at Deptford and Woolwich, where during the succeeding years he was frequently associated with Major Bourne in his dockyard activities.
In these later years William Badiley resided on Tower Hill and was frequently engaged in the impressment on and about the river, a reference in this connection stating that his membership of Trinity House “particularly qualified him for this work.”
William Badiley was the only one of the original 12 Trinity House Commissioners appointed in 1649 to continue as an Elder Brother of the Corporation after the Restoration, and remained at the Trinity House until his death in 1666.
The Badileys were Wapping men, and the names of members of the family occur in the Marriage Register of St. John’s in 1627 and 1629. Capt. Richard Badiley died there: “14th August 1657, Captain Richard Badiley, dwelling in Milk Yard, near ye chapel, dyed of an ulcer”; his first wife, Rebecca, having been buried there in 1641.
William Badiley married at St. John’s, evidently a second marriage, 30 November 1658, to Elizabeth Tatum, spinster. Both are described at this time as of Stepney, and to the entry in the Marriage Register there is the following notation: “in the presence of Richard Badiley, Captain John Cox and others then present.”
This 1952 paper was presented by Captain William Robert Chaplin, of the Trinity House, London, and has information about the growth of shipbuilding under James I and Charles I, the Civil War years, shipbuilding in Boston and Wapping, the history of the Seething Lane offices, and the characters "Major" Nehemiah Bourne was related to by marriage ... the entire Trinity House Brotherhood were his Puritan in-laws and cousins from Wapping during the Cromwell years.
And yes, Pepys and the Diary get some mentions.
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.