View Full Version : British church at Dinard, France

Paul Barton, Special Agent
05-04-08, 20:24
The chaplain of the British church at Dinard, near St-Malo, from 1873 until his death in 1884 was Rev Anthony Francis Thomson. In 1888, Rev Thomson's oldest son, Anthony Standidge Thomson married Alethea Isabella Evans Davis.

Now it's Alethea's father that interests me, because in 1878 the Reverend Frederick Davis fled the UK after being charged with molesting a girl in a train compartment. I had thought that he fled to his continental home in Bruges, but it turns out he was buried at the British Church at Dinard on May 6th 1883.

So what was the relationship between Rev Thomson and Rev Davis? Had Thompson sheltered him there in the final years of his life? How do I find out?

Little Nell
05-04-08, 20:32
Maybe they had both trained as priests together?

Christine in Herts
05-04-08, 21:17
Can you get to see an old copy of Crockford's Directory? That would give you anoutline of both men's careers.

Hasn't FMP got something like that?


Christine in Herts
05-04-08, 21:21
Just had a look: 1896 - just too late for you.


Christine in Herts
05-04-08, 21:29
Sometimes ordinations or church appointments get names in the papers - might be worth a look in TDA, or the Gale trial, if it's still going.


Mary from Italy
05-04-08, 21:31
You could try e-mailing the church to see if they have any historical records, or know where they could be found:


St. Bartholomew's Church - Dinard France. (http://cira.tees.ac.uk/stbarts/)

They're selling a book about the history of the church called "Anglicans in Brittany" which might be useful.

Mary from Italy
05-04-08, 21:35
Do you read French? Apparently the local English consul in the 1840s was Alpyn Thomson - I wonder if he was a relation?

Dinard de siècle en siècle (http://www.vpah.culture.fr/vpah/bretagne/dinard-siecles.htm)

Mary from Italy
05-04-08, 21:46
Anthony Francis Thomson went to Lincoln College, Oxford; you can find his biography in the Ancestry database of Oxford alumni:

Oxford University Alumni, 1500-1886 - Ancestry.co.uk (http://content.ancestry.co.uk/iexec/?htx=List&dbid=8942&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0)

Can't find Frederick Davis in the database.

Paul Barton, Special Agent
05-04-08, 22:40
Wow, thanks everybody - that's a great start!

Little Nell
06-04-08, 10:36
Hope you find the answers, Paul.

Christine in Herts
06-04-08, 13:14
Just had a thought...

Crockford - Historical data (http://www.crockford.org.uk/standard.asp?id=1243&cachefixer=cf1313711604368)

1835 to 1967
Lambeth Palace Library (http://www.lambethpalacelibrary.org)

Lambeth Palace Library is the historic library of the archbishops of Canterbury and the principal library and record office for the history of the Church of England. The Library focuses on ecclesiastical history, but its rich collections are important for an immense variety of topics from the history of art and architecture to colonial and Commonwealth history, and for innumerable aspects of English social, political and economic history. It is also a significant resource for local history and genealogy.

The library can be contacted and they are happy to check their printed sequence of Crockford's Clerical Directory and other printed sources to answer specific enquiries. They will take enquiries for any period, since they do have some relevant sources (e.g. published alumni lists for universities) in addition to Crockford's Clerical Directory.

Lambeth Palace Library (http://www.lambethpalacelibrary.org/)

Access to CERC holdings
CERC is based in Bermondsey, but public access to CERC holdings is via the reading room at Lambeth Palace Library. Readers will need to obtain a ticket and abide by the rules of Lambeth Palace Library.

However, the records will continue to be stored at Bermondsey along with the finding aids.

Enquiries concerning the holdings of the Church of England Record Centre and requesting documents should continue to be addressed to our Bermondsey offices (15 Galleywall Road, Bermondsey, London SE16 3PB. UK telephone: +44 (0)20 7898 1030 UK fax:+44 (0)20 7898 1043 Email archivist@c-of-e.org.uk).

Members of the public who wish to consult records held at the Church of England Record Centre (CERC) need to contact the Record Centre and give 5 days notice of their visit to Lambeth Palace Library to view the records. The records will be delivered to Lambeth Palace Library and will be retained there for 20 working days where they can be viewed during library opening hours of 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. No appointment will be needed once the documents have been requested from the Record Centre at Bermondsey.

In exceptional circumstances where individual documents are too large or too fragile to be transported to Lambeth Palace Library for viewing, members of the public can see such material at the Record Centre at Bermondsey by prior appointment. These special access arrangements are at the discretion of the Archivist and Records Manager at Bermondsey.