Blackburne is annotated for the entry of Feb 18 1659/60 as Robert Blackborne, "Admiralty official". See: http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1660/02/18/#c2001
A "Robert Blackborne" shows up a couple times in Google as being Secretary of the East India Company in the 1690's, once in correspondence with Newton, but I have no idea if this is the same gent.
9 Mar 2003, 11:27 p.m. - language hat
The leading naval official under the Commonwealth. After an apprenticeship as a clerk working with the parliamentary Commissioners of the Navy from 1643, he was made secretary of the Admiralty and Navy Commissioners in 1652, and held the post concurrently with that of secretary to the Customs Commissioners until the Restoration. His strong Puritan views seem to have prevented his continuing in office, though Pepys often consulted him. His most valuable service to Pepys perhaps was to introduce his nephew Will Hewer [Pepys' life-long friend] to him in 1660. By then he was living in the parish of St Bartholomew-the-Less, by the Exchange, and was, possibly, still employed in the customs service....
11 Mar 2003, 12:41 a.m. - David Quidnunc
Blackborne's clerk: James Southerne
This admiralty clerk is working for Blackborne early in 1660, but is working for William Coventry (Pepys mentions it on 25 June 1660) after Coventry begins working with the navy.
Pepys mentions Southerne ("Southorne") only occasionally in the diary.
29 Jul 2003, 11:35 p.m. - Phil Gyford
His wife is here: http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/1160/
He is also the uncle of Will Hewer: http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/1082/
3 Aug 2003, 3:16 a.m. - vincent
Reading all of Blackburnes entrees: One gets a strong feeling that SP and he did enjoy each others company, and Blackburne appears to go to great lengths to give SP good advice and was the first to put letters of standing behind SP's name. Going back over some of the dailies, with all these wonderfull annotations, it does increase the understanding of all the events.
31 Oct 2013, 6:37 p.m. - Bill
Robert Blackborne is identified on the Web (without attribution) as a Fifth Monarchist.
31 Oct 2013, 6:53 p.m. - Bill
Robert Blackburne was Secretary to the Admiralty with a salary of £250 a year until the appointment of the Duke of York as Lord High Admiral in July 1660.
17 Mar 2021, 10:11 p.m. - San Diego Sarah
Robert Blackborne AKA Blackburne was Pepys' predecessor, although he had a different title. As such, he was key to how the Navy functioned during the successful First Anglo-Dutch War. Blackborne appears to have been a much closer friend to his fellow Commissioners than Pepys appears to have been to his.
Blackborne is mentioned 13 times ... with different spellings for his name ... in the 1952 paper, “Puritans and Quakers” by Capt. William Robert Chaplin, of the Trinity House, London
Sadly, there isn't much about Blackborne the man, but emphasizes his Christian friendship and support to Major Nehemiah Bourne (and presumably the other Puritan Commissioners) in that war. I suspect Major Bourne was the best documented of that era's Trinity House Elders, so that's why he became the subject of the paper.
17 Dec 2021, 3:58 a.m. - San Diego Sarah
"A "Robert Blackborne" shows up a couple times in Google as being Secretary of the East India Company in the 1690's, once in correspondence with Newton, but I have no idea if this is the same gent."
Robert Latham thinks it was the same man.
Will Hewer's mother, Ann Blackborne Hewer, was sister to Robert Blackborne (d.1701). Blackborne became secretary to the East India Company in December 1666 (ODNB), and Hewer amassed a large fortune built on trade as a result.
His gift in January 1668 of a diamond necklace to Elisabeth Pepys worth £40 is evidence enough ... (10:183).
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.