|1775||23rd Mar||brother Henry went to America|
|13th Feb||sister Dolly married to Wm Symons of Martin Gate Plymouth afterwards Chaddlewood|
|5th Dec||grandmother Bird died|
|8th Dec||Dolly a son – William|
|1780||7th June||riots in London – Newgate and other prisons burned down|
|1781||1st Aug – Wed||Dolly a daughter Elizabeth Maria (Mrs Saltare)|
|1782||11th Feb – Mon||I was married at Ridgeway Church to William Hayward Winstone of Albany Court, present, father, Wm Symons and cousin Maria Biggs|
|24th Nov – Sun||Henrietta Winstone born|
|1785||3rd Jan||brother Henry came|
|31st Jan||Dolly a daughter Doroty ( Mrs Strode)|
|8th Feb||Mrs Henry Bird a daughter Maria at Hotwells|
|17th Mar||brother Henry went to Monmouthshire with his family|
|1789||16th Sept||Henrietta Coinstone died|
|1793||Bird family moved to the Priory Plymton|
|1794||13th Sept – Sun||Mrs Henry Bird a daughter Fanny|
|11th June||left Oldbury Court|
|1st July||slept first time in new house 1 Bedford Street Bath|
|29th Sept||Sally, George, Samuel and Frances christened by Revd. Williams|
|1800||4th Apr||brother Henry died of dystentry 4 days after leaving Spithead to join expedition to Egypt|
|22nd Sept||heard of the above event|
|18th Oct||left Goytre with George and Fanny|
|28th Oct||William Symonds died|
|1801||12th Oct||grand illumination for peace|
|19th Oct||Mrs Saltare a son Henry|
|1803||8th Apr||Mrs Samuel Bird died|
|Maria Bird married Cpt Witherington|
|8th July||our family left Bath for Quedgley near Gloucester|
|1804||1st Aug – Wed||Mrs Witherington a daughter Maria (Mrs Towgood)|
|1805||29th Jan||aunt Biggs died (mothers sister Miss Biggs)|
|9th Sept||my dear mother moved from Stonehouse to Chaddlewood|
|8th Oct||spoke to me fort he last time. Took to her bed|
|10th Oct||my dear mother died|
|21st Oct||Lord Nelson victory and death|
|1807||1st July||left Goytre with Fanny and Louisa Bird|
|1808||25th Feb||Maria Witherington died. Buried in Goytre churchyard|
|27th May||Left Goytre with Louisa|
|1809||Betsy Bird died. Buried at Goytre|
|1st Dec||Harriet died at Hotwells. Buried in the Chapel yard Clifton|
|1810||30th Sept||Sally Birch died. Buried in Plympton church yard|
|1811||22nd June||brought Georgina to Quesdgley|
|1812||20th Nov||my nephew Henry came with wife, children Fanny and nurse|
|1814||29th Oct||my dear sister Dolly a daughter (Mrs Symons) – Mrs Salter a daughter – Henrietta|
|1815||18th June||battle of Waterloo|
|1816||7th Dec||Henry, a son Henry. Mrs Salter twins, one died. Charles Bird married to Miss Ann Crook|
|1817||13th June||Henry put on full pay in the 87th|
|1818||24th Mar||left Bath with Fanny and Louisa for Exmouth|
|18th May||the dear blessed Louisa breathed her last. Buried in Littleham church yard near Exmouth|
|20th Oct||my dear husband Wm Hayward Winstone died|
|27th Oct||funeral at Quedgley|
|2nd Nov||left Quedgley for lodgings in St James’s Bath|
|31st Dec||this concludes a year of much sorrow and strange happenings|
|1819||Salter family left Ridgeway|
|18th May||Mr Salter died|
|31st Dec||this year thanks to Almighty God has been far more happy than the last. My dear child (Fanny Bird) in perfect heath and I have a more comfortable home|
|1820||25th Mar||took no. 18 Park Street Bath. Rent £73 10s. Taxes £35 11 5d|
|31st Dec||this year thanks be to God has passed more free from trouble than any preceeding one in my remembrance. A greatful heart and contented mind are my thankful offerings|
|1821||28th May||dreadful storm of thunder and lightenings so dark that candles were needed for an hour at mid-day|
|1822||9th Mar||uncle Biggs died|
|26th May||cousin Ann Gwyn died. Mrs Henry Bird a daughter|
|12th Sept||Dorothy Symons married Mr George Strode of Newnham Park|
|31st Dec||blessed to be God. This year has passed in health and comfort|
|20th Jul||went to Glasgow with Fanny|
|1st Aug||went to Edinburgh|
|24th Aug||went to Worcester bought a teaset to Royal Strode?|
|1823||15th Jul||rain every day till August 27th 40 days of rain|
|2nd Sept||left Bath. Met my dearest child Fanny at Gloster, went on to North Wales. Rev Wm Walters died. Mrs Strode a daughter Georgina.|
|George Saltare married Miss Fanny Culsac. Henry and George left for Ceylon. Mrs Henry Bird and family left Goytre|
|1824||4th Feb||Fanny Bird married to Rev Walter Marriott. God grant that this may be a happy day. 15 at breakfast|
|5th Mar||my dear child and Mr Marriott left for Babbicombe|
|1825||23rd Mar||left 18 Park St for number 31|
|12th Sept||Mrs Strode a daughter Florence|
|22nd Oct||Walter Marriott went to take duty at Holt|
|2nd Dec||Fanny drank tea at Wm Wilberforce’s|
|1826||6th Jan||my beloved child went to Holt|
|1st Aug||Mrs Wm Holt died nee Caroline Marriott|
|17th Nov||my dear child and little Wm Walters arrived from Goytre|
|1827||22nd Nov – Thurs||my dear child returned to Bath at 4pm after an accident in the carriage on Bradford Hill on the way to Holt. Walter came with her|
|12th Apr||Mrs Harvey Marriott a daughter ( Caroline)|
|30th Apr||my dear child came down to breakfast. God be praised for her amendment|
|9th May||Fanny went to Walcot church to the christening of Mr Harvey Marriotts child|
|11th May||Walter and Fanny returned to Holt|
|25th May||Mr Peter Marriott a daughter (Ellen?)|
|14th Sept||Fanny and Walter came|
|10th Oct||my beloved child a daughter at 4pm|
|7th Nov||went to Walcot church to the christening of Louisa Jane|
|27th||Fanny, Walter and baby went to Holt. Maria Witherington married Mr Towgood of Dartford|
|1828||19th Feb||Ann Hayward married to Mr Harvey. Elizabeth and her brother Frederick sailed for India in May|
|3rd Oct||Mrs Peter Marriott a daughter (Annie)|
|16th Sept||Fanny, Walter and baby left Bath for Goytre|
|14th Nov||All returned from Goytre|
|20th Nov||Maria Towgood a son (William)|
|1st Dec||Mrs Harvey Marriott a daughter Sophia|
|6th||Ann Niblet a daughter (Anne)|
|26th||George Bird married to a daughter (Charlotte) of Col. Hook at Colombo Ceylon|
|1829||3rd Aug||my dear child and family came to Bath|
|5th||my nephew Henry Bird died|
|24th||my dear Fanny a daughter 5.30 am|
|22nd May||child christened at Walcot church Albina Caroline|
|29th||all went to Holt|
|19th Aug||heared of the death of my nephew Henry Bird|
|31st||Walter and family went to Goytre|
|1830||22nd Apr||Mr Peter Marriott a daughter (Fanny Adelaide)|
|8th July||Mr Henry Bird’s 4 children with Lucy, Fanny and Louisa came from Holt and dined with me|
|29th Dec||Mrs Henry Bird married Mr Richard Mais|
|1831||1st Jan||I began the new year in bodily pain but blesses be God in mental comfort hearing this day heard of the welfare of those most dear to me|
|5th Apr||Mr Basil Marriott married Miss Charlotte Bough. Walter and Fanny went to the wedding|
|8th July||all left Bath for Goytre|
|5th Aug||returned from Goytre|
|20th Oct – Thurs||my beloved child a son early this morning|
|29th||dreadful riots in Bristol and some in Bath|
|20th Nov||dear baby christened Walter Henry|
|1st Dec||the dear family came from Holt|
|16th Sept||my dear child returned home|
|1832||16th Aug||all the children with whooping cough|
|21st||Louisa in the measles|
|30th Oct||Mrs Harvey Marriott a son (Herbert)|
|1st July||Georgina Dix a daughter (Charlotte Georgina)|
|1833||23rd Mar||my dear child removed from Holt to Trowbridge|
|9th Aug||my dear child with Louisa and Henry Bird went to Goytre|
|28th Sept||Mrs Peter Marriott a daughter (Agnes)|
|1834||16th Feb||my dear child a daughter|
|31st Mar||Mrs Briggs died|
|10th||my dear Fanny, Louisa and baby came|
|26th||Lucy Bird married to Rev Thomas Davies (of Trevethin)|
|1st Aug||Mrs Harry Nisbet and children returned to India|
|30th Sept||Henry Bird sailed for Ceylon a Lt. In the rifle corps|
|1835||22nd Apr||little Walter was lost in the street of Bath for over an hour|
|30th||Fanny and family left Bath for Goytre|
|6th June||all passed through Bath on the way home. Left Louisa with me|
|16th||my dear Fanny came with little Bess|
|9th Sept||dear little Walter broke his arm|
|24th Nov||The arm broken again|
|31st Dec||blessed be God the year has passed without any material cause of affliction and in no more pain than might be expected from my advanced time of life.|
|1836||17th May||my dear family from Trowbridge dined with me on their way to Clifton|
|30th||Prior Park in Bristol burnt down|
|28th June||my dear Fanny andfamily returned from Clifton.|
|Nothing particular recorded after this date|
|1837||18th Apr||Elizabeth Hayward Winstone died. Buried in the Winstone vault under Stapleton church where her only daughter Henrietta has been buried|
Henry Bird of St Marys Rotherhithe was born in 1695 and died in 1757.
He was the brother of Elias Bird of Roehampton Park, Sheriff of Surrey 1744, died in 1767.
He was also the brother of Edward Bird Lieut., obit on 26 or 23 February 1718, hanged for pinking a waiter.
They were the children of Henry Bird and Elizabeth nee Fitzgerald.
He claimed descent from Bird of Broughton Hall.
(Dictionary Note: to pink is to pierce with a rapier or the like; stab.)
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In a self bound volume of the history of the families of Cumberland and Westmorland, printed about 1700 is an account of the owners of Broughton Hall in Cumberland.
Henry, descent of Bird Oswald a Dane who founded his home on the Great Wall about AD800 (a Viking) married about 1164 Joan Teasdale, heiress of Broughton Hall.
Several pages in the book deals with the family genealogy, trees are given. Quarrels between the Hall and the castle, especially during the time of the celebrated Countess, owner of the castle which ended on the Bird or Byrds having to pay a token fine in kind or in money to the Countess. (Bird Oswald is still marked in maps of the Great Wall.)
After being in possession of Broughton Hall for 500 years the history ceases abruptly. Ten sons fought for King Charles, the family plate was melted down, 8 or 9 sons were killed.
My father, rev Frederick Louis Byrde told me that no Byrde should ever allow people to say that Charles II was ungenerous or mean. He granted 3 considerable estates to them in recognition of their services to the Stuarts.
- Land in London from Oxford Street to part of Berkley Square – Bird Street which leads out of Oxford Street is the only survival of the transaction. The law suit between Bird and I suppose Grosvenor (who was not at that time Duke of Westminster) lasted 100 years – papers about the case are in the British Museum. The money ran short and also a vital paper was found to be missing.
- Land in Devonshire (I forget the name) only 3 daughters were left to the Bird or Byrde then. Called the three heiresses – each took her portion into her husband’s family.
- Abbey lands in Norfolk or Suffolk, ‘no place attached’. The lands had been taken by Henry VIII. The land ceased (to) belong to the family – reason obscure.
In the wars between the French and the English in America the family of Hicks moved from Virginia. Red Indians tomahawked the parents, two sons and two daughters, Elizabeth 10 years old – said to be beautiful, with beautiful hair, was spared. The chief put her into the care of his chief squaw. Before the move a Captain Gilmore had offered Elizabeth’s father £500 if he would keep her safely with him until his return as he wished to marry her when she was old enough. 1 brother Hicks escaped when the family was killed off.
During the two years that Elizabeth was with the Indians she hoped that her brother would rescue her. A Henry Bird, a Captain with Wolf at Quebec heard of her, he and another officer captured her from the Indians.
Henry kept Elizabeth shut up in a house at Detroit Canada in the care of a lady for 2 years.
He married her there when she was 14 years. She rode ponies and milked cows when with the Red Indians and her imprisonment was terrible. She kept a diary which unfortunately was burnt – the spelling was shocking and her sentences illegible.
Two sons were born to Elizabeth and Henry in Canada, from one is descended Admiral Byrde. Birds are mentioned in the Creevy or Creecy papers, the lead Montreal now stands on what belonged to Henry, who sold it before its value was realised. Several other children were born to Elizabeth at Goytrey house in Monmouthshire, where she insisted on milking the cows.
A son or grandson of hers was one of the Prince regent’s gay set and lost a great deal, the Abbey lands may have been paid for a gambling debt.
Joshua Reynolds was a friend of one of the sons and painted their mother at Goytrey.
De Fer – at the time of the French Revolution De Fer and her brother Pierre escaped from France to Kent in a fishing boat. The rest of the family were guillotined.
A Captain Henry Bird stationed at Canterbury fell in love with the French girl who was teaching French to live. Pierre returned to France to see about the family estate and was never heard of again. Henry and ? were married in the Crypt of Canterbury Cathedral. When stationed at Windsor the daughters of ? and Henry were (w Private) – as is. The daughters of George III. One gave, I think it was Adelaide Bird a carved ivory knife with a steel blade – probably Italian; this was given to me by my father, William Byrde.
The christian names of the children have now Frederick and Louis amongst the Augustus, Henrietta etc and Charles etc in the family genealogies.
Bird or Byrde spelt either way were great soldiers, undistinguished – not one became a general. They fought in the thirty years war, the wars of the Austrian succession. Peninsular war, Napoleonic wars, one was at Waterloo.
A boy of 18 was drowned at the battle of the Nile, China wars. On his return from China a Col. Henry Byrde bought land in Ceylon – he brought from China a great quantity of porcelain, bedroom and table and drawing room china. This was all marked with the family coat of arms in England. Most was sold after the death of my grandfather, Colonel Henry Louis Byrde, JP, deputy Lieutenant of Monmouthshire. He went back to the old spelling of Byrde. A brother of his, I think a Charles was wounded in the Crimea war. He was the youngest Major. He went to Ceylon to plant on some of the family estate.
My grandmother would not allow any of her sons to go into the Army. My father and his brother became Clerics. Richard was headmaster of All Hallows Devon.
Note: when I sang in a concert in Penrith Cumbria in ’98 the Penrith newspaper said “one of the Byrde’s of Broughton Hall which had been in the family for 500 years”. Cumbria had a long memory. The celebrated Lord Chancellor took his title from “Broughton” when he lived at Broughton Hall.
Frances Maria Durrand married in 1804 to Henry Bird Capt., 87th Regt., and 5th Regt..
Frances Maria born 1811
Henry Charles born 1815 married Rebecca Mais
Frederick born 1816 married Christiana Guipy
Louis George Morgan born 1819
Louisa Sophia born 1821
Henry Charles Bird son of Col Bird and Frances Bird
Born at Gosport 7th December 1815
Rebecca Mais d/o Charles and Elizabeth born Kingsdown Bristol on 10th December 1810 married at St Peter’s Church Colombo Ceylon on 5th February 1837
Henry 3/12/1837 bap Kandy 4/3/37
Charles 17/6/1839 bap Kandy 14/7/39
Daughter 22/10/1840 died 27th/10/1840 – unbaptised born Kandy
Frederick Louis 28/1/1842 bap 27/2/1842
Richard Augustus 4/3/1844 bap 24/3/1844
Francis Wm 20/6/1846 b August 1846
Annie Elizabeth 16/2/1853 bap 20/3/1853
Fragmentary Diary of Charles Elias Bird, born 1783 service throughout the Penninsular War mainly in the fighting fifth.
He was at Waterloo and received the medal about 1846.
He and his elder brother Henry were accounted the two strongest men in the army.
Sent out to forage they returned carrying a cow between them.
Henry, the elder was not at Waterloo owing to the long war at Wellington with Lord Hill, most of the senior officers were owed pay after Elba? Leading the Duke to say ‘ I have an infamous army’.
Both Henry and Charles were the sons of Lt. Col. Hy. Bird who fought thro the American War of Independence, rescued Elizabeth Hicks who became his wife from Red Indians, and in 1800 died at sea on Sir R Abercromby expedition to Egypt.
He left 3 sons and 9 daughters
4 Cambray Court
Fragmentary Diary of Chas Elias Bird b. About 1784.
(I think at Ty Cooke before the repairs to Goytre House were finished)
Birth cert Rachel Olivia d/o Owen Richard Augustus Byrde and Lesley Weddell of Halifax
Birth cert for Lesley Weddell 3rd November 1881 – 18 Clayton Park Square USD Newcastle – d/o George Weddell and Isabella Jacques
Marriage cert Owen R Augustus Byrde and Lesley Weddell 15th October 1910
29 – School master – father Richard Augustus Byrde clk in holy orders
28 – Spinster – George Weddell – director
Death cert Owen R A Byrde – 6th February 1946 aged 64 years
4 Cambray Court Cheltenham – retired school master
Cirrhoses of the liver
Informant- son C G Byrde, 28 Thirloe S London SW7
Birth Cert ORAB
20th June 1881 – Islington
20th June 1881
Richard Owen Byrde s/o Richard Augustus Byrde – mother Alice Mary Leyburne Byrde formerly Burne
I devise and bequeath all the residue of my real and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever to which I shall be entitled at my death unto my Trustees UPON TRUST that my Trustees shall sell, call in and convert into money the same or such part thereof as shall not consist of money with power to postpone such sale calling in and conversion for such period as my Trustees shall judge expedient. (with particular reference to the shares held by me in Cerebos Ltd) and out of the money so produced and out of my ready money shall pay my funeral and testamentary expenses and debts and the legacies, bequests by this my will or any codicil hereto and all invest the residue of the said moneys in any authorised trust, investments with power from time to time to vary such investments for others of a like nature and shall stand possessed of the residue of such moneys and the investments for/the time being representing the same (herein called “my Residuary Fund”) upon the following trusts:
- UPON TRUST to pay the income thereof to myself wife during her life.
- SUBJECT to the aforesaid life interest of my said wife upon trust to divide the same into five equal parts and to hold the same as to both capital and income thereof:-
- AS to two fifths parts thereof UPON TRUST for my said son Richard George de Fer Byrde absolutely PROVIDED that should my said son predecease me without leaving issue him surviving then I DIRECT that his share shall be held by my Trustees upon the trusts hereinafter set out with regard to the remainder of my Residuary Trust Fund.
- AS to the remaining three fifth parts thereof UPON TRUST for my three remaining children, namely Pamela Morrison Murray and Rachel Olivia Byrde and Christopher Granville Byrde on his attaining the age of twenty one year’s absolutely in equal shares.
- PROVIDED NEVERTHELESS that in case any child of mine has died or shall die in my lifetime leaving issue living at my death who being male attain the age of twenty one years or being female attain that age or previously marry such issue shall stand in the place of such deceased child and take per stirpes and equally between them if more than one the share of my residuary trust fund which such deceased child would have taken if he or she had survived me and had attained a vested interest.
- ANY trustee being a solicitor or other person engaged in any profession or business may be so employed or act and shall be entitled to charge and be paid all professional or other charges or any business or act done by him or by his firm in connection with the trusts hereof including acts which a Trustee could have done personally.
- I DESIRE that my body shall be cremated and my ashes deposited in the family grave of my father and mother in Goytrey Churchyard.
IN WITNESS whereof I have hereunto set my hand to this my WILL contained in this and the preceding sheet of paper this Twentieth day of November One Thousand Nine Hundred and Thirty Nine.
SIGNED by the said Owen Augustus Richard Byrde the testator as and for his last will in the presence of us both present at the same time who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.
Owen Richard Augustus Byrde
C Evans SRC Thomas Patson
The Old Bank House Park Avenue
Abergavenny Mon Abergavenny – Bank Clerk
– Bank Manager
This is a letter from Aunt Louise to an unknown person.
My great grandfather Henry Bird, merchant of Plymouth, now called Devonport residing at The Grove, Plymton St Mary, trading with Constantinople married Elizabeth Briggs, her brother, (page damaged) resided with his wife and two daughters, Juliet and Maria Arnold at Ridgway near Plymton.
The daughter lived to be over 80 and died on the same day. His maiden sister, known as “Aunt Biggy” lived at The Grove with her widowed sister, Mr Henry Bird (my great grandmother and Mrs Samuel Bird.)
Henry and Elizabeth Bird had Henry who married Elizabeth Hicks, Elizabeth, (called Betsy) who married William Hayward Winstone.
Samuel who married Dorothy, who married William Symons of Chaddlewood. Henry had Henry, Henrietta, Joan, Hariett, Maria, Lucy, Sally or Selina, Fanny, George, Georgina, Charlotte, Louisa, born November 1800.
Elizabeth married a widower with (page damaged) afterwards Mr Curtis taking the name of Hayward.
Louisa married late in life, Captain Sykes.
Lucy married Colonel Foster.
Joan who went abroad – her one and only child born and died at the age of 6 at Oldbury Court.
Henrietta had no children.
Dorothy had William (Seymour,) George Henry who died young, Mary Elizabeth married Henry Salter
Dorothy married George Strode of Newnham Park.
Elizabeth’s children were Henry George William, Henrietta, Dora, Milly.
Elizabeth’s children were Georgina Strode, Florence, Sidney.
His name and that of his children were Hayward only but he came into the Oldbury property and took the name of Winstone before his marriage. My aunts only child who died at the age of 6 was Henrietta Hayward Winstone, she was named after her uncle (my grandfather). Mr Winstone’s son died abroad.
The daughter was Albinia who married Captain Curtis, vicar of Billou between Bristol and Bath. On the death of her father she came into the Quedgley property near Gloucester which he had inherited from his uncle Hayward and she became Mrs Curtis Hayward (her husband was dead) she was the mother of my mother’s friend and Miss Hayward (my godmother) Mrs Harry (aunt Bessie’s godmother.)
Mrs Peters and Mrs Symons, her sons were John Curtis Hayward who succeeded the Quedgley property saving his mother’s life twice, she and her sister lived at Quedgley till the house got too full, his son William John Hayward is now master of Quedgley, the other son of Mr Curtis Hayward was the Rev’d Winstone Hayward who was Rector of a Somerset parish for many years. He was living when I left. I have not heard from him since.
When my great aunt and uncle Winstone had Quedgley they made it their summer residence and rented No. 1 Bedford Street Bath their town house where they generally resided with my mother and aunt Louisa whom they had adopted. One or more of their older sisters to be introduced into Bath “Society,” of which they were at the very top, that was all that the Bird’s ever had to do with Bath.
Aunt Winstone died there April 18th 1837 and was buried by her children in the family vault under Stapleton Church, her husband was buried besides his first wife in the Hayward family vault at Quedgley. I have the coat of arms of both their families, engraved on seals.
The Bird family house was The Grove Plymstow near Plymouth where my great grandmother lived after her husband’s death and her sister Mrs Biggs and my great uncle Sam’s widow lived with her and all died there and are buried in Plymstow churchyard where many others be. I have seen their monuments, their brother Major Biggs lived also in Plymstow with his two daughters, Maria and Juliet. My mother took me to see them when I was about 15, they were over 80 then and both died on the same day a few years afterwards.
You will have to study this, to get it into your head, the paper will help you to fix the generations. I would like you to know your relations, my dear mother used to talk to me about them till I seemed to know them all which neither of the other cared to do and as your father makes a muddle, ask me anything you like.
With much love to you all,
Your loving Aunt Louisa.
I found this was overweight so finished the genealogy which I enclose.