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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

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

Christine

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.

Christine

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:

fathergareth@stbarts-dinard.org.uk

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)

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