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?Richard Cosway MP
« on: Friday 16 August 13 21:47 BST (UK) »
My daughter-in-law has an ancestor reputedly an MP of this name who met with a fatal accident on London Bridge when his horse bolted. I've looked on FindMyPast newspapers to no avail...any thoughts how to access this info would be appreciated. (Not the artist Richard Cosway).Thank you roots chatters ;)

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Re: ?Richard Cosway MP
« Reply #1 on: Friday 16 August 13 21:52 BST (UK) »
 ;D Any idea when the horse bolted ie year?

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« Reply #2 on: Friday 16 August 13 22:07 BST (UK) »
and my contribution , what was the starting price and was there a stewards enquiry .  ;D ;D
are we talking 1780ish or a bit later .
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Re: ?Richard Cosway MP
« Reply #3 on: Friday 16 August 13 23:03 BST (UK) »
thanks for your replies :) No idea Trevor but will let you know if I find out ;) As it was seemingly pre car's that must mean 1800's  to 1900's . sorry to be so vague, this has been told to me by my d-in-laws grandmother, bless her, who wants to know if it's true.


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Re: ?Richard Cosway MP
« Reply #4 on: Friday 16 August 13 23:34 BST (UK) »
Can't see him on the list of former MPs whose surnames begin with the letter C-
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_Kingdom_MPs:_C
Away sorting out DNA matches... I may be gone for some time many years!

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Re: ?Richard Cosway MP
« Reply #5 on: Friday 16 August 13 23:45 BST (UK) »
Tweaking a few details, might this be relevant?

G. Cooper of Canterbury, English monumental mason active in the mid-19th century in Kent. Memorial to Sir William Cosway Monument, a stone obelisk located quarter mile west of St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church, Bilsington, Kent. Cosway was a Member of Parliament for Kent “who fell off a stage coach here in 1835, and was killed. G. Cooper of Canterbury fecit. Struck by lightning” in the 1960s and thereafter threatened with demolition.

From John Newman. West Kent and the Weald. The “Buildings of England” Series, First Edition, Sir Nikolaus Pevsner and Judy Nairn, eds. (London: Penguin, 1969), p.165

..according to this page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_monumental_masons
Ayr: Barnes, Wylie
Caithness: MacGregor
Essex: Eldred (Pebmarsh)
Gloucs: Timbrell (Winchcomb)
Hants: Stares (Wickham)
Lincs: Maw, Jackson (Epworth, Belton)
London: Pierce
Suffolk: Markham (Framlingham)
Surrey: Gosling (Richmond)
Wilts: Matthews, Tarrant (Calne, Preshute)
Worcs: Milward (Redditch)
Yorks: Beaumont, Crook, Moore, Styring (Huddersfield); Middleton (Church Fenton); Exley, Gelder (High Hoyland); Barnes, Birchinall (Sheffield); Kenyon, Wood (Cumberworth/Denby Dale)

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Re: ?Richard Cosway MP
« Reply #6 on: Friday 16 August 13 23:48 BST (UK) »
A sign near the monument itself:

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1274536

states that Sir William Richard Cosway died in a coaching accident in London in June 1834, in his 51st year.

Ayr: Barnes, Wylie
Caithness: MacGregor
Essex: Eldred (Pebmarsh)
Gloucs: Timbrell (Winchcomb)
Hants: Stares (Wickham)
Lincs: Maw, Jackson (Epworth, Belton)
London: Pierce
Suffolk: Markham (Framlingham)
Surrey: Gosling (Richmond)
Wilts: Matthews, Tarrant (Calne, Preshute)
Worcs: Milward (Redditch)
Yorks: Beaumont, Crook, Moore, Styring (Huddersfield); Middleton (Church Fenton); Exley, Gelder (High Hoyland); Barnes, Birchinall (Sheffield); Kenyon, Wood (Cumberworth/Denby Dale)

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Re: ?Richard Cosway MP
« Reply #7 on: Friday 16 August 13 23:58 BST (UK) »
Sir William Richard Cosway, Kt, aged 50, of Bridge House Place, Newington, was buried in the parish of St Martin in the Fields on 14 June 1834.

Newspaper reports of the inquest show that on 7 June 1834 he was a passenger on the Criterion stagecoach travelling from London to Brighton.  Sir William had boarded it at the Half Moon in Gracechurch Street. At about 4pm, on the southern end of London Bridge, the stagecoach came into contact with a dray, causing a blow to one of its wheels. A little way further on*, the coachman had to pull the horses up suddenly in order to prevent a collision with either another horse on the road which had shied, or its rider who had been unseated. This broke the pole on the stagecoach, the broken parts of which swung against the horses' hind legs and sent them out of control towards Elephant & Castle at high speed. 

Eventually, after desperate but futile attempts by the coachman and onlookers to calm the horses, the stagecoach overturned near the Artichoke Inn, Borough, and Sir William (a "very fine, stout, portly man"), who was trying to climb from the box to the roof of the stagecoach at the time, was propelled head-first onto the street, sustaining gruesome head injuries. He was carried to the house of Mr Lever, a surgeon, in Bridge House Place, Newington, but died of his injuries shortly afterwards (reports vary from 15 minutes to an hour and a half after the accident).

Sir William was the only fatality, though other passengers were injured.  The Coroner's jury attributed no blame to the coachman for the accident.

Sir William's friends wanted a likeness cast from his corpse before burial, but once the inquest was completed the body was too decomposed for this to take place, and his coffin was soldered with lead for burial in the family vault.

*As to the precise location of the stagecoach at this time, - one witness puts it at the junction of Lant Street (which still exists) and Blackman St (now Borough High St).  Another describes it as "nearly opposite St George's Church" which would be about the junction of Mint St (now Marshalsea Rd) and Blackman St/Borough High St.
Ayr: Barnes, Wylie
Caithness: MacGregor
Essex: Eldred (Pebmarsh)
Gloucs: Timbrell (Winchcomb)
Hants: Stares (Wickham)
Lincs: Maw, Jackson (Epworth, Belton)
London: Pierce
Suffolk: Markham (Framlingham)
Surrey: Gosling (Richmond)
Wilts: Matthews, Tarrant (Calne, Preshute)
Worcs: Milward (Redditch)
Yorks: Beaumont, Crook, Moore, Styring (Huddersfield); Middleton (Church Fenton); Exley, Gelder (High Hoyland); Barnes, Birchinall (Sheffield); Kenyon, Wood (Cumberworth/Denby Dale)

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Re: ?Richard Cosway MP
« Reply #8 on: Saturday 17 August 13 00:37 BST (UK) »
Here's a family tree of Sir William Richard Cosway: http://www.009.cd2.com/history/images/family_tree.jpg
And on the same site a brief history of the Halliday family - Sir William married Elizabeth Halliday.
http://www.009.cd2.com/history/hallidays.htm