Jan Lampo


Schout-Fiscael of New Netherland, 1626-1631

During Director Pieter Minuit’s administration, the Schout-fiscael was Jan Lampo, an Englishman from Canterbury who also acted as Inspector of Customs and, on Sundays, as church beadle and tithe collector.

According to nineteenth-century historian Martha Joanna Lamb, Jan Lampo “knew very little of law, and was very inefficient in every particular. He was allowed to sit in the council during its deliberations, but had no voice in official proceedings. His compensation was in the civil fines and penalties, and such portion of criminal fines and confiscated wages as the governor and council after prosecution might see fit to bestow upon him. He had no part in captured prizes, and was forbidden to receive presents under any circumstances.”

Jan Lampo was replaced by Coenraad Notelman, who arrived in New Netherland with letters of recall from the Dutch West India Company in Holland addressed to the Director and other Company officials. Director Minuit at once handed over government of the colony to the New Netherland Council, and set sail from New Amsterdam in the early spring of 1632 on the ship that had brought Notelman, The Eendracht. Jan Lampo, some of the councillors, and a number of families who had decided to return to Holland were also among the passengers.



Martha Joanna Lamb. History of the City of New York: Its Origin, Rise, and Progress (1877)

Year book of the Holland Society of New-York (1887)


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