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Armed Forces / Re: HMS Cambrian 1850
« on: Tuesday 03 May 16 19:23 BST (UK)  »
Ken.... I saw that earlier, I am doing this as part of a volunteer project so trying to do it from my own subscriptions & what other help I can get. I don't want to have to pay for extras & the NA could be expensive. But as a last resort.

Hanes.... I didn't check the Times, but did lots of other papers. From that April report it doesn't look like they could have been in Oz on 7th March.

Thanks both.


Armed Forces / HMS Cambrian 1850
« on: Tuesday 03 May 16 18:06 BST (UK)  »
I am hoping for some help with the following dilemma.

John Frederick Boyland was baptised at Chelsea in 1826, date of birth 13 Dec 1823. Parents John & Eleanor.

In 1843 his mother was convicted of a crime and made a statement that her son John was on a Man oí War. This set me looking for naval records.

Found a record of John Boyland, served from Sept 1841, aged stated as 19, discharged April 1852. Part of his service showed that he was on the Cambrian between August 1847 & November 1850.

A John Boland was married in Melbourne 7th March 1850, various later records show that he was born in Chelsea.

So, is John of the naval record the same person as John in Australia?

I tried tracking the movements of the Cambrian and came up with this - it left Portsmouth in October 1847 en route to the East Indies, in 1848 it was in Hong Kong and in Nov 1850 it reached Madras, India, where John Boyland was discharged to join another ship. But nothing as to where it was in March 1850. Could it have been at Melbourne?

I would like to resolve this, prove or disprove. Thanks in advance.


« on: Tuesday 16 February 16 10:18 GMT (UK)  »
Thanks Aghadowey. I can now pin down the parish.

The 1866 birth I have. The 1868 is one of my missing ones, but it seems that they have moved to Co Cavan, but the right parents. I will be ordering the certificate.

Onwards & upwards.


« on: Tuesday 16 February 16 09:52 GMT (UK)  »
I am looking for some clues to help me progress with my research into the following family.

James Hunter married Jane(t) Greig at Ballinasloe (Presbyterian Church), 16 Aug 1861, the residence for both of them is stated as Fairfield Creggs.

In 1866 they had a son Thomas, he died in 1867. Both birth & death were registered at Glenamaddy & residence stated as Fairfield Creggs.

Where or what is/was Fairfield Creggs?

Jane(t) was Scottish, James may have been but it is not known for sure.

The 1871 English census shows Jane with several children, the following are listed as being born in Ireland.
James      1862
Mary Ann           1864
Andrew      1865
Thomas      1868   obviously named after his dead brother.

I realise some of the births were before registration, but some are after. I canít find any of them as being registered (except the dead Thomas). Where might they have been baptised, given the parentsí marriage was protestant.

James was not in England in 1871 and I have found no later record of him.

So any clues or local knowledge would be welcome.

Thanks in advance.


I am not a restorer by any means, I have had several done here in the past for which I am grateful  and I dabble a little on my own. I had a go at this, it may be a bit better than your original but not a lot. The original isn't very sharp (don't know the technical term for it).


Lancashire / Re: the Turn? Bridge in Leigh, Lancashire
« on: Tuesday 09 September 14 15:28 BST (UK)  »
Just about Westleigh or at least very close and may well be the one. And a lot closer to Lord Steeet where William lived.


Lancashire / Re: the Turn? Bridge in Leigh, Lancashire
« on: Tuesday 09 September 14 12:02 BST (UK)  »
After a look at the bridge in operation I now realise that it is a lift bridge, lifting to allow the canal traffic to pass. I do live in the area but am not a native, hence not overfamiliar & only taking in some of the history I come across from time to time.

I spoke to some locals & barge folk and it seems that there was a lift or turn bridge of sorts on the site since the days of your William Hill. I havenít looked in any depth but there seems to be a lot on the internet related mainly to the modern structure.

Acknowledgements to Stan for the links to a great selection of photographs.

So although this may not be the spot it seems most likely.



Lancashire / Re: the Turn? Bridge in Leigh, Lancashire
« on: Monday 08 September 14 16:59 BST (UK)  »
Thanks Stan.... that's the new road bridge, I think there is a foot bridge close to it. The bridge in question was a pivoting pedestrian bridge. I might go tomorrow & take a look.


Lancashire / Re: the Turn? Bridge in Leigh, Lancashire
« on: Monday 08 September 14 16:28 BST (UK)  »
I am afraid I am rather late in answering this one, I have had it on my list but since you first posted it but only just managed to get the information.

I managed to get this newspaper report of the inquest from the May 1853 edition of the Leigh Chronicle.

The report stated that the incident took place at West Leigh and I have been speaking to a few knowledgeable people on local history in Leigh and the consensus is that the bridge in the vicinity of the new marina at Plank Lane, I have been told it still exists but not gone to look. Apparently these type of bridges were commonplace.

I hope this is helpful in your research.


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