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Family stories:Thomas Kirkland MD
Posted by: Geoffrey Lambert on Oct 15 2013 03:04
KIRKLAND, THOMAS, M.D. (1721-1798), medical writer, a native of Scotland, was born in 1721. He practiced at Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire. In January 1760 he was called in to attend the steward of Lord Ferrers after he had been shot by his master. Despite Ferrers's threats of violence, Kirkland contrived the arrest of the murderer (Gent. Mag. xxx. 44, 230). By 1774 Kirkland had graduated M.D. at Edinburgh, and subsequently became a member of the Royal Medical Societies of Edinburgh and London. He died at Ashby-de-la-Zouch on 17 Jan, 1798.

Kirkland's writings are: 1. 'A Treatise on Gangrenes,' 8vo, Nottingham, 1754. 2. 'An Essay on the Methods of Suppressing Hæmorrhages from Divided Arteries,' 8vo, London, 1763. 3. 'An Essay towards an Improvement in the Cure of those Diseases which are the cause of Fevers,' 8vo, London, 1767. 4. 'A Reply to Mr. Maxwell's Answer to his Essay on Fevers; wherein the Utility of the Practice of Suppressing them is further exemplified,' 8vo, London, 1769. 5. 'Observations on Mr. Pott's General Remarks on Fractures, etc.; with a Postscript concerning the Cure of Compound Dislocations,' 8vo, London, 1770 (Appendix, 1771). 6. 'A Treatise on Childbed Fevers... with two Dissertations, the one on the Brain and Nerves, the other on the Sympathy of the Nerves, etc.' (included in 'Essays on the Puerperal Fever,' published by the Sydenham Society in 1849), 8vo, London, 1774. 7. 'Animadversions on a late Treatise on the Kink-Cough [by Dr. William Butler]. To which is annexed an Essay on that Disorder,' 8vo, London, 1774, published anonymously. 8. 'Thoughts on Amputation; being a Supplement to the Letters on Compound Fractures, and a Comment on Dr. Bilguer's book on this operation; also, an Essay on the use of Opium in Mortifications,' 8vo, London, 1780. 9. 'An Essay on the Inseparability of the different Branches of Medecine,' 8vo (London, 1783). 10. 'An Inquiry into the Present State of Medical Surgery,' 2 vols. 8vo, London, 1783-6. (Appendix, edited by his son, James Kirkland, surgeon to the Tower, 1813). 11. 'A Commentary on Apoplectic and Paralytic Affections, and the Diseases connected with the Subject,' 8vo, London, 1792.

[Gent. Mag. 1798. pt. i. pp. 88-9, 254; Watt's Bibl. Brit.]
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Family stories:William Carman Kersbrook
Posted by: Geoffrey Lambert on Oct 13 2013 02:27

Kersbrook is a town near Adelaide, South Australia. It is located in the Adelaide Hills Council local government area. At the 2006 census, Kersbrook had a population of 367.

The first settlers established farms in the Kersbrook area in the early 1831s due to its relatively gentle slopes. John Bowden, manager of the South Australian Company's dairy farm at Hackney, bought a 32-hectare (79-acre) section and named it Kersbrook after the Cornish farm where he was born. By 1844, Bowden was recorded as having "800 sheep, 62 cattle, one horse, 13 pigs, 16 acres (65,000 m2) of wheat, eight acres of barley, plots of oats, maize and potatoes and a fruit garden.

The settlement itself was created by William Carman, a blacksmith working at a copper mine near Williamstown, who took advantage of the area's location on the busy road to the Barossa Valley and in 1851 built a travellers inn called the Wheatsheaf Inn. By 1858, some settlers had arrived and Carman gave some of his land to build a town. His preferred choice of name was Maidstone after his home town in Kent, but in 1917 the town was officially renamed to Kersbrook as this was the name used by local residents and referred to the original 'Kersbrook' farm of John Bowden. It became a notable agricultural area, especially for fruit.

The Kersbrook Tavern took over the Licence of the Old Morning Star Hotel, one of South Australia’s first Adelaide Hills pubs. The Old Morning Star Hotel was a popular stop over spot for travellers through the Adelaide Hills and still today, with its huge car park, great meals and hospitality remains a popular destination for Car Club runs through The Adelaide Hills.

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Family stories:William Walcot
Posted by: Geoffrey Lambert on Oct 13 2013 01:52
William Walcot, b. 1633 Lydbury North, d. after 1695 unm.; a page to King Charles I, he attended the king at his execution in 1648. He and the other page present were each given half of the king's blood-stained cloak. This garment was at Bitterly Court for many years, and is still in the possession of one of the family. William graduated from Oxford 1653, was student at Gray's Inn 1654, and was admitted to the Middle Temple in 1657 with Thomas Walcott and Henry Dighton, both of the Outer Bar as bondsmen. In 1675, William Walcott petitioned the Crown for a patent for 14 years for his invention "for making water corrupted fit for use." A pamphlet of 1702 entitled "Sea Water Made Fresh" by Humphrey Walcot of London, merchant, says "My uncle William spent most of his life and a considerable estate in making it, but now the right thereto by Letters Patent, Hague 1684, comes to me." d. unm
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Family stories:W J Richards
Posted by: Geoffrey Lambert on Oct 13 2013 01:27
William John Richards, wife Lydia, and seven children were residents of Burra, South Australia. From as early as 1902 Mr. Richards operated the Aberdeen bicycle depot, and in the preceding years extended his business by taking on agencies for De Dion, Wolseley, and Clement-Talbot motor cars and motor cycles.
His prosperous business provided him with time to work on the committee of the Burra automobile club, and in addition led to his company’s sponsorship of numerous fun runs.
In September 1910, Richards sold his business and stock in trade to Vivian Lewis Limited, traders in bikes, motor cycles, and motor car accessories. The family remained in Burra until selling their home and furnishings in 1916 then leaving for Adelaide.
He remained in the motor trade and lived in Lockleys, Ovingham, and lastly at Henley Beach where he died on the 16th of October 1945 aged 74 years and was buried at Centennial Park cemetery.
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Family stories:John Carman
Posted by: Geoffrey Lambert on Oct 13 2013 00:43

John Carman was the fourth child of John and Ruth Carman (nee Mosely). He was baptized on the 6th of December 1789 at Yalding, Kent

England, and was married on the 29th of October 1813 at Goudhurst, Kent, England. He married Mary Martha Mainwaring(sometimes pronounced


John and Mary Martha departed London and the Downs with six out of their nine children (3 died in England). They went on board the sailing ship 'Rajasthan', which sailed from the latter place on the 27th of October 1839, heading for South Australia. Captain Duncan Ritchie was the commanding officer, and he anchored the vessel at Holdfast Bay, on the 6th of February 1840.

In the village of Thebarton, John had purchased lots 43&44,and it was here the family settled. Mary Martha died here on the 24 th of December 1840,after a very long illness, and was buried in the West Terrace Cemetery. The ceremony being performed by Reverend James Farrell of the St . Johns Holy Trinity Church.

A Census was taken in 1841,and under Thebarton, the household of John Carman stated that there were seven males and two females in residence.

One of the extra males was one Richard Lambert(husband to Martha) ,but the

other one we can not be sure of. On the 22nd of March 1847,John finalised

the sale of lots 42&43 of Thebarton, because he had purchased section 6121 at Chain of Ponds. Here he resided until his death from a hernia, at his sons residence at North Gumeracha, on the 16th of March 1861 aged 71yr.

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Genealogy:Roger Walcot
Posted by: Geoffrey Lambert on Sep 19 2013 04:15

Rogerus Walcot de Walcot, Ar., m. Margareta fillia Davidis Lloyd ap Ll’nn ap Griffith de Mathuvar, Armigeri. Roger was probably born about 1420. Armiger means that Roger was the acknowleged bearer of a coat of arms, in this case the chess rook arms granted to John Walcot, above. Roger's son, Edward was surity for David Lloyd's nephew.

David Lloyd, 1395-1497, second son of Sir Griffith Vychan, c.1385-1447. "At a seat called Mathavarn, which in 1644 was destroyed by fire, resided the famous seer and bard of the 15th century, David Llwydd" (National Gazetteer, 1868). David Lloyd was the bard who told Henry Tudor that he would be victorious at Bosworth Field in 1485. A poem about Sir Griffith Vychan ap Griffith executed in 1447 for supporting the House of York, was written by David Lloyd of Mathavern: "For the man with the golden collar whom I loved best, the heart is pining. If, ...

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Family stories:Ferrers
Posted by: Geoffrey Lambert on Aug 5 2013 05:42
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Family stories:Charles Walcot, c. 1545-1596
Posted by: Geoffrey Lambert on Aug 5 2013 04:14
Carolus Walcot de Walcot in com. Salop, Ar.; m.(1) Margareta filia Johannis Isham, son to Roger; m. (2) Beatrixt fil Antho Gerling per filiam Tho. Seckford de com. Suff. Charles Walcot, c. 1545-1596, bur. Lydbury North; his father died while he was a minor, and Charles was a ward of Sir Henry Sidney, KG. He was a student at the Middle Temple. In 1571 and 1579 Charles Walcott S. of Llanfair-in-Bulith was sheriff of Breconshire. About 1570 the town of Bishop's Castle and surrounding lands became crown property and about 1573 the Crown land there was purchased by the Walcots. At that time a new town charter was granted with powers of self-government and the right to send two members to Parliament. Charles Walcot was one of the burgesses named in that charter. Charles was MP for Bishop's Castle in the Parliament of 1586 and 1588. He m. (1) Margaret Isham, dau. of John Isham by whom no children; m. (2) 1566 at Ludlow to Bea...

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Family stories:Thomas Walcot Rye House Plot
Posted by: Geoffrey Lambert on Aug 5 2013 04:11
Col. Thomas Walcott, 1625 Warwickshire. He purchased Ballyvarra Castle in 1655, and in 1659 was at Dunmurry; became a Puritan and Lt. Col. in the Parliamentary Army, serving in the Irish campaign. He had large estates at Croagh, Co. Limerick, Ireland, prior to 1662. In 1669 Thomas Walcott of Moyhill was assigned Dromoland Castle, in County Clare. He was executed in 1683 for his part in the Rye House Plot, a conspiracy to assassinate Charles II and his brother, James, Duke of York, as they traveled from the Newmarket races to London past Rye House in Hertfordshire. The plot was aborted but was betrayed to the government. His attainder was reversed in 1696 in favor of his eldest son, John. Thomas m. Jane Blayney, dau. Thomas Blayney and niece of Baron Blaney.
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Family stories:MINCHIN, Humphrey (c.1727-96), of Soberton, Hants.
Posted by: Geoffrey Lambert on Aug 5 2013 04:04



11 June 1778 - 1784
27 Apr. 1785 - 1790
1790 - 26 Mar. 1796

Family and Education

b. c.1727, 1st s. of Paul Minchin of Ballinakill, King’s Co. by Henrietta, da. of Joseph Bunbury of Johnstown, co. Carlow. educ. Trinity, Dublin, 11 Jan. 1742, aged 14. m. 4 Aug. 1750, Clarinda, da. of George Cuppidge of Dublin, 4s. 6da.

Offices Held

Clerk of the Ordnance Apr.-Dec. 1783.


Minchin canvassed Wootton Bassett in 1774, but withdrew without becoming a candidate. In June 1778 he was returned for Okehampton on the interest of John, 1st Earl Spencer, and re-elected after a contest in 1780. In Parliament Minchin, like Spencer, opposed North’s Administration, frequently making vehement speeches against the Government, particularly on its naval and military measures. He voted against Shelburne’s peace preliminaries, 18 Feb. 1783, and was made clerk of the Ordnance in the Coalition. Lord Althorp wrote to his mother, Lady Spencer, on 17 May 1783:1

I am told they like Minchin very much at the Ordnance office, he is very attentive to the business and very anxious that everything should be done as economically as possible, and much afraid of the animadversions of the House of Commons.

Lady Spencer replied, 20 May 1783:

I am glad Minchin does well in his office, he is really I believe an honest man, and is very intelligent and diligent in business, but is apt to think a little too highly of his own importance.

Minchin voted against parliamentary reform, 7 May 1783.2 He voted for Fox’s East India bill, 27 Nov., and in Robinson’s list of January 1784 and Stockdale’s of 19 Mar. was classed as a Foxite. At the general election of 1784 he was again nominated by the Spencer family at Okehampton, and though defeated was seated on petition in April 1785. Minchin did not vote on Pitt’s Irish propositions, but on 30 May he moved that consideration of them should be postponed:3

In the whole progress of the important business ... he daily attended the numerous debates and conversations that had taken place, but had not given one single vote on any ... because it had not been in his power to understand the resolutions ... he believed he might very fairly go farther and declare that the bulk of the people were equally ignorant with him of the true scope and meaning of the resolutions ... He begged, entreated, and implored most earnestly for more time.

Reporting the speech, Wraxall commented:4 ‘Minchin possessed extensive information, was versed in parliamentary business, and performed a conspicuous part among the Opposition leaders.’ Minchin did not vote on Richmond’s fortifications plan, 27 Feb. 1786. In April 1787, when asked to support the motion for the payment of the Prince of Wales’s debts, he declared that though he would vote for it, he would go no further, and he considered the consequences would be pernicious.5

In the autumn of 1787 Spencer made it clear to Minchin that he was determined to give up his interest at Okehampton, whereupon Minchin wrote to him on 23 Nov.:

To keep a seat in Parliament some years longer if I live is to me a matter of great importance, not for amusement or the little feather of vanity but that there are some things which may be done for a family ... Excluded from that seat to which, by an arrangement of your affairs which I must approve, I had looked to but can no longer, I must turn my views another way and to secure it I will frankly say I see I must take a political line of acting different from what I have generally ... but not always done ... since the present ministers came last into office I have seen more in my conscience to approve and less to condemn in their conduct respecting the general benefit of the state than in that of their opponents. Thinking that, I have seldom attended, scarce ever voted, nor since that period have I been in that warm and steady opposition I was to Lord North, nor should I, I will frankly say, have been in opposition at all but that having that political connexion with you which I thought likely to last, I could not bring myself to oppose entirely those with whom you were connected.

And on 3 Dec., after paying tribute to Pitt, he wrote:

It is impossible for a man not utterly devoid of spirit not to feel the manner those your Lordship calls our friends but whom I never found mine (always except indeed the Duke of Portland) have uniformly behaved to me. They have never once deigned to consult me, have never taken notice of me, never asked me to any one of their houses or parties but have considered me, ‘not as a hound to hunt in the pack but one to fill up the cry’ and so marked that if at any time since I first sat in Parliament I undertook anything, my giving notice was a signal for them, and most particularly Mr. Fox and Mr. Sheridan, to absent themselves or if they stayed never I do declare, never once to support me.

He concluded that if Spencer opposed his becoming an Administration supporter, he would remain a spectator for the remainder of the Parliament and then retire altogether, but on receiving a reassuring reply from Spencer he went over to Administration. On 20 Aug. 1788 he applied for an Irish peerage;6 he voted with Pitt over the Regency, 1788-9, and on 20 Mar. 1789 renewed his application for a peerage.7

Minchin died 26 Mar. 1796.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: I. R. Christie

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