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Brinds 1998 & earlier

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COACH HORSE Morning Post, Friday May 10, 1793
MARRIAGES Public Advertiser, September 7, 1793
MARRIED St James's Chronicle or the British Evening Post, September 7, 1793
To be sold by Auction by Mr Winstanley, Daily Advertiser, Monday September 26, 1796
Silk Trade (seeks to abolish Christmas boxes) The Times, Tuesday February 20, 1798
5th Regiment of Loyal London Volunteer Infantry London Gazette, September 17, 1803
Coal-meters election Morning Chronicle, Tuesday January 17, 1804
The sweeping of goldsmiths and jewellers' workshops Morning Chronicle, October 1822
Damages from Mr Finney Bell's Life in London and Sporting Chronicle, March 6, 1825
East-India Military College The Asiatic Journal (London, England), January 1, 1827
Stealing eighteen ounces of silver 'The Standard' Thursday 19 June 1828
Mary Brind predicts her death The Times, February 16, 1829
GUILDHALL Morning Chronicle?, 1835?
Thames (theft of watch from Brind/Snoswell household The Dispatch?, November 1854
THE PUNJAUB New Zealand Spectator and Cook's Strait Guardian 1 August 1849
Artillery brigade at Siege of Delhi Edinburgh Gazette, April 2nd 1858
MARRIAGES: Brind and Newland Irish Times 1859
MARRIAGES: Brownlow and Brind Irish Times 1859
MARRIAGES: Kendall and Brind Irish Times 1859
South Australian Company Economist 1860
MARRIAGES: Charles Brind/ Susanna Quartley Irish Times 1861
Military preparations Irish Times 1863
Death of Colonel Brind's wife ??????? 1863
Magnay and Brind: Liabilities £20,000 John Bull January 17 1863
GRAYS double drowning Essex newspaper? ????? August 1877.
Defies Fateful Gem Washington Post 11 April 1915.
A fighting family-- the eighth son to join up Daily Mirror, February 8, 1917
Aldbourne Probably a Wiltshire newspaper
Brind's bliss Probably an Australian newspaper
Death of Mr T Brind, of Aldbourne Unknown newspaper in 1927
GARSTON SESSIONS Garston and Woolton Weekly News,10 February 1933
Here are some of Montgomery's half-million News Chronicle Fri May 4th 1945.
MERCHANT ADVENTURERS Flight, May 23, 1946, page 526.
1,200 tons of sand and gravel The Banbury Advertiser, January 25, 1954.
Golden Wedding cake was surprise gift Mid Sussex Times, 1965.
OVER 70 YEARS IN THE VILLAGE Local newspaper, 1970.
Let It stand or let it fall? Waltham Forest Guardian & Gazette September 25, 1987.
Brind pitches in at Worcester The Guardian, Monday May 16, 1989.
Fifty years of coping for the bravest of the brave The Times February 26, 1993.
Brind takes a bow after 18 years on the ground The Guardian April 24, 1993.
OBITUARY: Brigadier James Brind Probably the Times in 1996.
Censoring the internet Guardian online, May 16, 1996.
Jonathan Brind's job in Bourne UK Press Gazette, February 26, 1996.
Star trash, junk in space Guardian online, February 20, 1997.
Graphology Guardian, April 5, 1997.
5-hour operation puts dog back in the saddle Daily Telegraph, May 26, 1997.
The highs and lows of a drugs detective Sussex Argus, September 27, 1996.
An Inspector calls, cricketing stories about Harry Brind Electronic Telegraph 1997.
OBITUARIES: Mr Hugh George Brind Isle of Wight County Press, June 29, 1998.
Survivor's guilt still there 53 years later Dabchick, August 1998.
Kenneth John Brind Dabchick, October 1998.
William Bunce (by Tony Brind) Dabchick, October 1998.
Squash: Brind wins through Daily Telegraph, November 6, 1998.
Private Lives: Start your search The Guardian, Monday December 28, 1998.
OLD CONTRACT OF SALE Dabchick, December, 1998.
Funeral Admiral Sir Patrick Brind The Times???? 10/October/1963
Kingwell v Brind The Times? 1898???
BRIND, Woollen-Draper The Times???? 9-6-1786.
EVANS V BRIND The Times, 4-7-1882

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Mr Thomas Brind, of Sunninghill, near Ascot, with his eight sons, one of whom has been killed in action. Another has been wounded. Harold, who is seen in civilian clothes, is on his way home from the United States to enlist. Mr Brind has two brothers, both of whom have lost a son.

Daily Mirror, February 8, 1917.

The cutting says at the bottom: "Printed and Published by The Pictorial Newspaper Co (1910) Ltd at The Daily Mirror Offices, 23-29 Bouverie-street, London, E.C. --- Thursday, February 8, 1917."

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Edinburgh Gazette April 2nd 1858
SIR, . (No. 8.)

I HAVE the honour to forward, for submission to his Excellency the Commander-in-Chief, copy of a letter No. 27, dated the 3d of October last, from Major F. Gaitskell, commanding the Artillery Brigade with the Delhi Field Force, transmitting a despatch of the 1st idem from Major J. Blind, bringing to notice the services performed by the Foot Artillery under his command, during the operations against the city of Delhi. 2. These letters reached me too late, I regret to say, to accompany my despatches detailing the assault and capture of that place, and have subsequently been delayed owin mg to my having been absent on medical certificate. They bear, however, such honourable testimony to the admirable services of Major J. Brind , and those under his command, that I trust his Excellency will be pleased to forward them to the Right Honourable the Governor-General in Council, with the expression of my hope that they may be published in continuation of my previous despatches.

I have, &c.,
A. WILSON, Major-General,
Commandant of Artillery, and late Commanding Delhi Field Force. No. 6.
Major Gaitskell to the Assistant Adjutant-General.

SIR, Delhi, October 3,1857.
I HAVE great pleasure in forwarding, for submission to the Major-General Commanding the regiment, the accompanying excellent report received by me from Major J. Brind, commanding the Foot Artillery of this force, bringing to notice the services of that branch, from the time he took command (26th June 1857,) until the more active operations of the siege commenced, embracing a period of 2^ months, during which the Foot Artillery were in constant employment and undergoing the severest daily exposure.

2. The services of the officers and men under his command are so well and strongly brought to notice by Major Brind, that I can only record my entire concurrence in his report. No officers or soldiers could have conducted themselves in a more zealous or gallant manner than did those of the Foot Artillery, or in a manner more likely to add fresh lustre to the regiment.

3. But in thus doing only justice to such gallant soldiers, I should consider I was neglecting a most important and a most agreeable duty, were I to abstain from bringing prominently to the notice of the Major-General Commanding the regiment the valuable and distinguished services of Major Brind himsplf whilst in command of the Foot Artillery. From first to last his energy and activity have been unceasing, ever foremost where danger was greatest, encouraging both officers and men by his noble example, and whilst leading on those under him to every success in the field, he at the same time never ceased to care for their wants and necessities in camp.

The manner in which Major Brind exercised, without one hour's intermission, his command of No. 1 Siege Battery, during the last eight days of the siege, has already been brought to the notice of the Major-General commanding the force, and I trust this last distinguished period of his command (previous to the assault) will only tepd the more surely to gain for Major Brind those honours which he so richly merits.

I have, &c.,
Commanding Artillery Brigade
See extract from " The Great Mutiny India 1857 " by C Hibbert

Cuttings Family history 1998 & earlier


Artist Weds Owner of Diamond That Brings Misfortune.
Bride a Talented Musician and a Descendant of Mme- Vigee Le Brun, Famous Beauty at Court of Louis XVI. At 40 Married Denver Man of Three Score Years.

Special of the Washington Post

Denver. Colo.. April 10.-Weary of the solitude and loneliness which descended on his home and heart on the death of his wife, Maria Evaline Brind. November 8 last, J. Fitz Brind has taken to himself a second wife, who was Miss Antoinette Le Brun, of Chicago.

The drawing room of the Brind mansion at 1000 Logan street, so recently the scene of mourning was gay with spring flowers when Miss Lo Brun, fair and 40, and Mr. Brind. brunette and 60. stood before the Rev. George B. Vosburgh to be married.

The bride, a musician of distinction, a. direct descendant of that famous beauty and artist of the court of Louis XVI of France, Mme. Vigee Le Brun, met Mr Brind several weeks ago at the home of her sister, Mrs Herbert De Sollar. The attachment between the lonely widower and the charming artist, based on kindred tastes and congenial temperaments, was a thing of sudden flowering.

Wins Fateful Diamond

When he first met his bride Mr. Brind was passing through the unpleasant ordeal of contesting the will of the first Mrs. Brind, wherein he had been cut off with a humiliating bequest amount of $2,000, which, it was stipulated was to be used in buying an automobile.

The balance of the estate, amounting to more than $70,000, was bequeathed to numerous charities in which Mrs Evaline Brind had taken an interest during her life. The contest instituted by Mr Brind resulted in his obtaining half of the property.

Gem's Career Unlucky

Included in the estate of Maria Evaline Brind was the famous Isabella diamond, once the property of the late H A W Tabor, valued at many thousands of dollars, and guaranteed by its history to bring bad luck to any one possessing or wearing it.

This diamond, a large, pure which gem of frigid beauty, is said to have gleamed from the white beast of Isabella of Spain in the days when that militant monarch listened to the dream talk of Christopher Columbus. Its history, as recited to the Colorado millionaire who wanted it for his beautiful bridge, included a series of tragedies befalling whoever owned it. But against those tragedies the hardy mine owner staked the Tabor luck-- and lost.

The diamond passed from the impoverished Tabor to one Herman Powell, who had it set as a pendant for his wife, a singer of local prominence. Shortly afterward Powell died and the late William Barth became the gem's owner. The tragedy clouding the last day of William Barth is of recent date but some time before he died Mrs Brind bought the Isabella and defied the "evil eye" by wearing it on formal social occasions.

Mansion to Be Art Center. I

Whether Mr. Brind and his new wife will dare fate and their new found happiness by continuing in possession of the Isabella diamond, they declined to say.

The Brinds are honeymooning in the luxurious Brind mansion, which, it is claimed by their friends, will become the center of Denver's artistic and musical life when Mrs- Brind opens its doors and bids society come in.
Washington Post 11 April 1915

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Brind pitches in at Worcester

Harry Brind, the pitches consultant to the Test and County Cricket Board, will investigate the Worcester wicket on which the Australians tumbled to a two-day defeat on Sunday.

He was contacted by Mike Vockins, Worcestershire's secretary, soon after the match finished with a three wicket defeat for the tourists. The county may take extra measures in the preparation of pitches for the rest of the summer.

Tim Lamb, the TCCB's cricket secretary, said: "We welcome Worcestershire's swift response and initiative in seeking Harry Brind's co-operation.

"Clearly the pitch used for the match against the Australians fell short of the standard expected for such a match and it fell short of Worcestershire's own expectations of it. Worcestershire and the board are rightly concerned.

"Their groundsman Roy McLaren has worked hard during the winter months endeavouring to improve the condition of the entire square but there are some inherent problems that will take time to overcome."

Meanwhile Malcome Marshall, who has rejoined Hampshire after being on Test dury in the West Indies, has a fractured right wrist and could be out of action for a month.

Curtly Ambrose, Marshall's team mate in the series against India, may play for Northamptonshire against Yorkshire in their Britannic Assurance Championship match at Northampton starting today.

The Guardian, May 16, 1989.
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Brind takes a bow after 18 years on the ground

AS a rule groundsmen, with umpires and tea ladies, belong to cricket's great unthanked. It is not a rule for the game to be proud of and Surrey are breaking it. Harry Brind, in charge at The Oval for 18 years, becomes the first groundsman to be granted an exclusive, full-year testimonial. This is no reflection on the players, say Surrey. No one qualified.

Surrey's batsmen have no excuse for being other than generous. The bowlers may think they have. "Sometimes," says Arnold Long, Surrey's cricket chairman and former wicket keeper, "the wickets have been almost too good." Yet the last two Tests there have produced conclusive bowling and results.

Long concedes that the wicket "used to be very low and flat. There's more bounce now". Brind, who rhymes with "grinned" not "grind", took four years from 1978 relaying it, five wickets at a time. His father was in the tiling business.

Harry might have followed suit or been a professional footballer. He was a centre forward on Chelsea's books until a knee injury at 20. He started as a groundsman at a school in Roehampton and moved to The Oval after 10 years at Chelmsford.

The TCCB's inspector of pitches was once called to Kennington. Brind, acquitted then, is now the inspector himself. He says "any one can bowl on a bad pitch" and believes that four-day championship matches should encourage back the spinners..

Long says he will be "a hard act to follow [the task is likely to fall to Brind's son Paul]. Harry has set a high bench-mark. He is a law unto himself but you always know where you stand with him".

If Brind calls spades spades he calls a hose a leaky-pipe system. He can remember when pollution left "a black layer on the surface". The intravenous device, for watering and fertilising, came from a farmer in Kent. It has transformed the outfield.

He has done his bit for the players' benefit. If they do not buck up, it may be the tea-lady's turn next season.

Brind ... testimonial

The Guardian, April 24, 1993.
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Brigadier James Brind

Brind escorting the Queen at Worcester in 1957

BRIGADIER JAMES BRIND, who has died aged 86, was awarded a DSO when commanding the 4th Somerset Light Infantry and the 5th Wiltshires in the North West Europe campaign in the Second World War. Brind was second-in-command of the 4th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry in Normandy from August 1944. He took over command for short periods on several occasions before being posted as CO of the 5th Battalion, the Wiltshire Regiment. in February 1945, when they were just west of the forest of Kleve.

The 5th Battalion had suffered heavy losses during the advance to the Goch escarpment, and the men were affected by battle fatigue. But Brind decided to continue the attack at night, without artillery support, in order to exploit the element of surprise. The manoeuvre was successful, and though the battalion had by then lost 200 men, they and the 4th Wiltshires had gained a firm foothold on the vital high ground south-east of Bedburg; they held it. in spite of desperate German counter attacks.

James Lindesay Brind was born on Aug 29 1909, the son of General Sir John Brind. He was a kinsman of Major-General Sir Robert Sale (also a Somerset), who commanded the garrison at Jellalabad from 1841 to 1842. His uncle was an admiral, and his younger brother became a major-general.

Young Brind was educated at Wellington and Sandhurst, and in 1929 was commissioned into the Somerset Light Infantry. After regimental service in England with the 2nd Battalion, he was posted to the 1st Battalion at Poona. where his father was GOC. He returned to England in 1940.

He attended the Staff College, Camberley, in 1943 and after a period on the staff joined the 4th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry.

After the end of the war in Europe, Brind was appointed Commander of the 4th Devons, which he began training at Maresfield. prior to the expected assault on Japan. But the capitulation of Japan in August 1945 meant a reassignment of tasks. In 1946 Brind took the 4th Devons to Austria, where they had to help to restore order. His next postings were as Instructor at the School of Infantry, Warminster, until 1948, and then four years on the staff at HQ Middle East Land Forces.

In 1952 Brind took command of the 1st Battalion Somerset Light Infantry at Wuppertal, in Germany, and at the end of the year took the battalion t9 Malaya, where they engaged very successfully in anti-terrorist operations in the jungle. In 1955 he was given command of 159 Infantry Brigade TA, at Worcester, before his final posting as Deputy Commander. Rhine Army District. in 1958.

After retiring from the Army in 1961, Brind worked for 11 years as a retired officer at the Proteus Army Training Camp, near Ollerton.

An exceptionally modest man, James Brind was an accomplished composer and musician (mainly piano), and the author of several novels and children's stories, as well as a musical. In the Army he wrote the music for amateur dramatics and pantomimes. He was a member of the Songwriters' Guild. In his youth he was a good middle-distance runner, and a useful member of regimental teams. In final retirement he continued his musical and literary output, and tended his extensive rose garden. Brind married, in 1946, Elizabeth Mann; they had a son. Brind escorting the Queen at Worcester in 1957

Probably the Times in 1996.

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Mr Hugh George Brind

A RYDE BORN man who, in 1976, was made an OBE for his services to engineering, died in Africa on June 11, aged 90.

Mr Hugh George Brind, who latterly lived in Africa, was born in Ryde and educated at the then Sandown Secondary School.

His grandfather, Charles Brind, was a stonemason involved in building St Thomas's Church, Newport, and various other churches around the Island.

Mr Brind was an apprentice for three years at the engineering and surveying department of Shanklin Urban District Council and was then employed by a firm of consulting engineers at Chippenham, Wiltshire, on several sewerage and sewage disposal projects, as well as water supply schemes.

He held a number of engineering posts around the South of England and in 1937 became assistant and later senior engineer in the trunk roads section of the Berkshire county engineers department.

During the second world war he serve with Royal Hampshire Regiment and was in charge of the IW anti-aircraft guns. He was also involved in the D-Day landings.

He was a member of the Territorial Army and achieve the rank of major. He was awarded the Territorial Efficiency Decoration (TD) with first class.

In 1950 he was appointed as an executive engineer in HM Colonial Engineering Service and posted to Tanganyika, East Africa, achieving the position of senior executive engineer. In 1954 he transferred to the Gold Coast Ghana region, where he attained the position of principal deputy engineer in chief.

He retired from the colonial service in 1960 and became deputy director of public works in Sierra Leone, then assistant director and acting director of roads and aerodromes for the Tanganyika and Tanzanian governments.

In 1968 he was appointed director of roads for the Republic of Malawi. He was the co-ordinating engineer for the £44 million Kamuzu International Airport, opened by president Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda in 1982, the year in which he retired.

In his younger days Mr Brind was a member of several football teams, including the Ryde Sports, Ventnor, Chichester City and Clacton Athletic FC. He also captained the Berkshire County Council Cricket XI from 1947 to 1950.

He was a fellow of the past Institution of Municipal Engineers and the Institution of Civil Engineers.

A funeral service was held in Natal, South Africa, on Monday.

He is survived by his wife, Valerie Betty, his children, Claire and Anthony, and five grandchildren.

Isle of Wight County Press, June 29, 1998.

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Survivor's guilt still there 53 years later

Ken Brind sips his coffee and tells me, eyes gone far away, that he still feels guilt, still wonders if he could have made a difference. Two days before Christmas in 1943 , Ken was snug in an English hospital bed recovering from minor surgery. His closest friends and fellow Lancaster bomber crew were over Berlin, dead or dying as their mortally stricken four engined aircraft fell from the sky. Ken, now living in Brentwood Bay, first contacted me when I wrote about a Lancaster bombing mission to Stuttgart in July 1944, from which New Zealand pilot Flight Lieut. Jim Archibald returned as the sole survivor of aircraft PB253/AZ, from 575("Carpe Diem") Squadron.

Ken called to say he was on the same mission, and to tell me later over coffee how well he understood Flying Officer Archibald's life long feeling of guilt that he had survived. And to show me a copy of his modest memoir-- a diary of those times. "Survivor's guilt," he said. "Even today I wonder"-- about a decision to undergo minor surgery for a recurring sinus problem. His memoir notes that before he could return to duty his aircraft and crew were assigned to target Berlin with a replacement navigator in Ken's place on the flight deck. "[Sergeant Pilot] Geoff [Clark] and the boys .... were forced to commence operations without me and were shot down... on December 23, 1943. They were all killed. I never met my replacement as navigator, but I have always had guilt feelings that I should have been with them. Had I been there things might have been different..." Dirty Targets Before the war ended Ken flew a complete tour-- 30 missions over occupied Europe, many of them over what bomber crews called dirty targets where anti aircraft fire and German night fighters took heavy tolls. It was on his 14th mission that, as navigator of one of 494 Lancaster bombers, he became a distant and unknown companion of Jim Archibald in the night sky over France en route to Stuttgart. The first wave of Lancs left England at 9.15 p.m. Ken was airborne at 9.20. Jim Archibald, flying in a formation towards the tail of the massive strike force was probably airborne before 10 p.m. For Ken is was the second trip to Stuttgart in three days: "We returned from our long haul against Stuttgart (eight hours and 35 minutes in flight, most of it over enemy territory) in the early morning of July 26, had a day off on the 27th and were detailed for the same target on the 28th. Whilst we appreciated the necessity of follow up raids on some targets... those of us called on to make the trip were not too enthusiastic. You may get away with bearding the lion in his den once, but not twice in three days, so we expected strenuous opposition." Flak and fighters And strenuous opposition is what the 494 Lancasters and two accompanying fighter bomber Mosquitos got, long before they reached Stuttgart. "There was moderate flak in the target area," Ken writes. "But there was intense fighter activity from the south west of Paris all the way to and over the target... things were pretty quiet on the way home." It was before Stuttgart that New Zealander Archibald fell victim to a night fighter, lost a wing and was blown or sucked through the front perspex wing of his Lancaster to survive the crash which claimed the lives of the rest of his crew. Roaming the bombing lanes over France that night was German night fighter ace Martin Becker-- credited with 58 kills, four of them recorded for the night of July 28-29.

"It wouldn't surprise me at all if Becker was responsible [from PB253/AZ]." Thirty nine Lancasters were lost of the Stuttgart raid of July 28-29, their crews of 273 young men, killed or captured. "If [Archibald] was shot down by a fighter on the way in, I'd bet it was Becker," says Ken, now 75, as he recalls just one of the 30 missions flown with 626 ("To Strive And Not To Yield") Squadron between his 21st and 22nd birthdays. He calls his memoir "A Year in The Life". It could read "A Lifetime in a Year". As indeed it was.

Jim Hulme's column appears here (The New Islander, Canada) every Sunday.

Re-printed in The Dabchick, August 1998.
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What a pen and ink

Graphology has previously been revered only by personnel managers and the feeble minded. Some years ago the Guardian ran a lengthy investigation into the connection between zodiac signs and jobs. This discovered (shock, horror) that birth dates were evenly spread for jobs which employed large numbers, but that jobs which employed small numbers could have a relatively high proportion of births during a short period.

This was, of course, a perfect description of probability and completely debunked the theory. Perhaps you will do the same for "graphology". Then we will only have to worry about palmistry!

Jonathan Brind

Letter printed in The Guardian, April 5, 1997.

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Star trash

It would be ironic if the first deep space craft was destroyed by a collision with a small assemblage of junk, including the ashes of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry (Soundbites, February 13).

Far too much junk already orbits the planet at high speed. There is no case for putting anyone's ashes up there to join it. A more fitting memorial for Mr Roddenberry would be a contribution towards a mission to get rid of the rubbish up there.

Jonathan Brind

Letter printed in Guardian online, February 20, 1997.

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David Capitanchik (Offline, May 2) is absolutely right that the best practical means to censor the Internet is via the service providers. But even so, it won't work. Any Nazi who wants to put across a racist message will still be able to do it. The message may have to be coded and it might even have to be changed every few hours, but it will be possible to send it. All that would happen is that the service provider would frequently face the full rigours of the legal system. Why should Nazis care?

On the other hand, I would be concerned and so would everyone who uses the Internet.Service providers would have to go to great lengths to get rid of this sort of material. Services would become more expensive (or the price would do down more slowly). Large service providers would also have a commercial advantage in that they would withstand costs of legal action a lot better than small companies. Less competition would drive up prices again.

To give service providers the right to censor the internet is like giving the telephone companies the right to censor the phone lines. The major difference is that the internet will be much more important in the 21st Century than the phone system was in this century. That is quite a lot of power to give to a small number of organisations. It could be used in unpredictable ways.

The threat is much more real and plausible than any danger which might occur from allowing the ravings of a few right wing nutters to be given an airing amongst the vast clutter of material on the internet.

Jonathan Brind

Guardian online, May 16, 1996.

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Brind builds on his career

Jonathan Brind, editor of the Harper Trade Journal's monthly Solid Fuel & Fireplaces for the past 12 years, joins Lincolnshire based Master Builder on 26 February.

Brind, 43, will edit the magazine, published by Warners, which is the journal of the Federation of Master Builders. He will also edit another Warners title, Roofing.

UK Press Gazette, February 26, 1996.

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Private Lives

Start your search

The Guardian has/had a problem page called Private Lives. Readers are invited to submit a dilemma, then other readers are invited to submit helpful suggestions. This is The problem "I am an adopted child rising 40 and am wondering whether to try to trace my natural mother, or to find out whether she has made inquiries about me. I am in poor health and have not achieved much careerwise. All I have to be proud of are two lovely children, so I would be a great disappointment to my natural mother. She was only a teenager when she had me and probably has her own family, who may not know, but she must wonder about her 'daughter'. What do people think I should do?"

If my experience is anything to go by, natural mothers always think about their adopted children, especially at birthdays, Christmas and other key life stages. I know this for a fact as I got to know my natural mother in my teens and we kept in touch, with my adopted parents' support, until she died this year.

Natural relatives always wonder about each other because there is that "gap" in their lives. To fill that gap, from either side, needs courage because there is always the fear that one party could reject contact. If you decide to trace your mother, bear this in mind, just in case.

Assuming that your two children know that you're adopted and can support you, there are two reasons why I think you should try to trace your mother. First, for any parent who feels the "gap" adoption brings, it would be enough to know about you as a person in your own right. In turn, I have no doubt it would be immensely pleasing to your natural mother to know about her two lovely grandchildren. With an achievement like that, forget about being a "disappointment".

Second, and most importantly, your letter tells me that you already know what you want to do. In making your comments about your career and health, you seem to be trying to find obstacles for ignoring your need. Be nice to yourself, make a resolution for 1999 to accept your feelings and start your search because you'll regret it if you don't Good luck.

Steve Brind


Letter printed in The Guardian, Monday December 28, 1998.

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Brind wins through

By D J Rutnagur in Stuttgart

Competitors in the Women's World Open Championship are unhappy about conditions on a new demountable court which has been set up in a high ceilinged exhibition hall following the move to another venue for the remainder of the event.

Players have complained of a mixture of colours-- terracotta and green-- on the walls and the floor, the unevenness of the lighting and, not least, the low temperature which has not only raised shiver and goosebumps, but also made it hard to hit a length.

The player who rose above the problems most comfortably was England's No 7 Stephanie Brind-- even though she had no opportunity to practice on the new court before taking on the highly experienced South African player, Claire Nitch.

Brind, who had lost to Nitch in every one of their previous meetings, played with immense flair to win through 9-1, 4-9, 9-1 in just over half an hour.

Despite her low ranking, Brind's brilliance in winning two rounds-- putting out eighth seed Linda Charman in her opening game-- makes her the prime candidate to fill the hole in the England squad for the team event, created by the withdrawal of Cassie Jackman due to injury.

In the quarter finals Brind will now meet England's fourth seeded Suzanne Horner, who, at 35, is the most senior player on the women's circuit. Horner beat the next oldest, Australian Liz Irving, 33, a finalist in 1993, in four games.

Horner has twice defaulted in mid-match with injuries this season and is rarely seen without an ice pack. Nevertheless she was as mobile as ever during yesterday's 33-minute encounter against a player of equally high class.

Daily Telegraph, November 6, 1998.

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Kenneth John Brind (Navigator- Royal Air Force) is my brother. He was born in October 1922 in a bedroom at the Blue Boar public house where our parents were then the licensees.

Ken was educated at St Michael's School, Aldbourne, and Marlborough Grammar School. He joined the Royal Air Force shortly after the outbreak of World War II and trained as an air navigator. He flew a tour of operations with Bomber Command, was commissioned and continued to serve in the RAF after the war as a navigator, fighter controller and administrative officer.

In September 1942 he married his wife Mary, then a serving member of the Women's Royal Air Force, at Marlborough Register Office. With both wearing military uniform it was very much a wartime service wedding.

Subsequent to the completion of his tour of operations Ken was awarded the Croix de Guerre with Palme by Belgium.

In 1955 he transferred to the Royal Canadian Air Force and continued in a similar capacity to his RAF service. Ken retired from military service in 1968 and then worked in administrative positions for the Federal Government of Canada and later for the Provincial Government of Alberta.

Upon retirement some ten years ago Ken and Mary moved to Vancouver Island. They have five children and nine grandchildren. Ken has recently undergone a triple heart by pass operation and is progressing satisfactorily. He is very much a Dabchick by birth and despite his travels and the passage of time he has remained so at heart.

Anthony Brind.

(letter in The Dabchick, a bi monthly magazine for Aldbourne, Wiltshire, October 1998)

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William John Bunce, blacksmith and founder of William Bunce & Son Engineering Company of Ashbury was my grandmother's brother.

My grandmother, Eleanor Brind nee Bunce, William and another brother and sister were all brought up in rather a picturesque cottage with box hedge around it in the Butts, Aldbourne.

The cottage was purchased by a Bunce ancestor in 1798 for the sum of £25 and handed down within the family.

In March 1892 the parents of William and Eleanor died within ten days of each other and my grandparents, Eleanor and John Brind purchased the cottage then valued at £30. As grandmother was entitled to a quarter share she and her husband paid the other three legatees the sum of £7-10s-0d each. Surprisingly during almost 100 years the value of the cottage had increased by only 20%.

William was born in 1871 at Aldbourne and after finishing his schooling he stayed on for a year or so helping to teach the younger children.

He had hoped to go into furniture manufacturing with his mother's family at Hungerford but this did not happen and he became an apprentice blacksmith instead.

About the middle of the 1890s William purchased the blacksmith's premises at Ashbury. He married Harriet Ann Hale, known as Nancy, also born in Aldbourne in 1871 and they had three children.

I well remember in the very early 1930s Uncle Will as he was known to my brothers and I visiting grandmother in a large shiny black car with leather upholstery and the thrill I had as a small boy being allowed to sit in it. His mode of transport then was far removed from his earlier days when he used a penny farthing bicycle.

Before commencement of the war in 1939 William employed 35 men in his engineering business.

In 1946 I was a member of the Fleet Air Arm stationed at Lossiemouth on the Moray Firth and we had snow ploughs on the airfield made by William Bunce of Ashbury which were used for keeping runways clear of snow.

A few years later I mentioned this to his son Bert who stated that besides large government contracts they had supplied snow clearing equipment to possibly every council in the country.

Without doubt William John Bunce was a shrewd businessmen and an innovative blacksmith/ engineer.

He died in 1951 and was a devout and committed Christian all of his life.

Anthony (Tony) Brind.

(letter in The Dabchick, a bi monthly magazine for Aldbourne, Wiltshire, October 1998)

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Dear Ed,

I've some further information to Tony Brind's article in the October issue.

I am the current owner of the cottage referred to in that article. In my possession I have a contract of sale, which I believe to be original, dated 16th October 1798 between Henry Yorke, Yeoman and William Bunce, Weaver, both of Aldbourne for the sum of £25.

I would be interested to know:

1. If there are any relatives of Henry Yorke still in the village, and

2. Does anyone have any knowledge as to when the cottages in the Butts were built?

I hope this adds a little more to Tony's family history.

Brian C Nunn

(letter printed in The Dabchick, a bi monthly magazine for Aldbourne, Wiltshire, December 1998)

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5-hour operation puts dog back in the saddle

Tourist attraction: Jessie riding on the back of Jim, the barge horse

Jumping for joy: Jessie at the canal after her operation

X-ray of the wired leg.

A horse-riding dog returned to the saddle at the weekend after a five hour operation on her broken leg which left her owners with a £500 bill.

Jessie, a collie, was given a bone graft and had the leg wired and pinned after jumping off a vehicle and landing awkwardly three months ago.

She had become a familiar sight riding on the back of the horse Jim as he pulled a tourist barge along the Grand Western canal in Tiverton, Devon.

Jessie's owners, Ray and Pat Brind, of the Grand Western Horseboat Company, said it was feared she would lose her leg after the accident.

"Our thoughts were for Jess and how we could do the best for her. We would have been devastated to lose her," said Mrs Brind. "She has a limp, but that should improve when the wire is removed."

Daily Telegraph, Monday May 26, 1997.

See also Waterways World January 1999.
See also Times, August 11, 2001.
See Mid Devon Star March 13, 2007.
See Tiverton News May 16, 2008.
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Date-stamped : 22 June, 1997 - 14:20

By Peter Deeley at Bristol First day of four: Gloucs (57-3) trail Middlesex (237) by 180 runs

YOU knew it was going to be one of those strange sort of days on arriving here to find the electronic scoreboard out of action and Middlesex choosing a debutant about whom few of his own team- mates knew anything.

That was the way it continued. By the time the system was back on line after lunch the Londoners were already 157 for seven and Mike Smith - on his way to 41 victims so early in the season - had taken out three of their top order in the space of 21 balls.

One of Smith's scalps, Mike Gatting, had enough adventures to last a season.

He was dropped first ball, had a delivery from Smith flick the off-stump without removing the bail, and then was bowled next delivery by a screamer that moved away keeping low.

Among the wreckage, a sparkling innings from Mark Ramprakash stood out.

Losing the toss and being made to bat, he was rightly suspicious of a greenish pitch and a muggy atmosphere, yet produced a series of the finest cover-drives which you would wish to see.

There was a breath-taking six off Mark Alleyne, a flick off his toes over long-on and out of the ground, and a quartet of stinging boundaries off Shaun Young that helped him reach 53 in a Middlesex score of 82 for five.

This after their opening pair had disappeared, both leg before, in the first three overs.

When Ramprakash was leg before himself, to Alleyne soon after lunch for 75, to another that failed to take off, he had braved the conditions for 2.75 hours and understandably looked querulously at the pitch.

Sanity of a kind was restored though the ball continued to fly dangerously at times and several batsmen were hit.

Keith Dutch, despite four raps on the hand, carried Middlesex to some respectability with a career-best 79.

Dutch and James Hewitt so prospered in a stand of 86 for the eighth wicket it was difficult to see the earlier setbacks as any- thing but an aberration.

But Smith came back into the fray after tea and finished with five wickets for 23.

Gloucestershire enjoyed conditions no better in the final session and Monte Lynch had to leave the field after being hit on the hand and then the visor.

The Middlesex new boy turned out to be Tim Bloomfield, from the Staines and Leleham club, who has impressed in some recent second team games.

Replacing Phil Tufnell, who was at his home ground on international duty, he bowled two quick overs in the gathering gloom.

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Britannic County Championship:

An inspector calls to solve riddle of new Bristol pitch

By Peter Deeley at Bristol Second day of four: Middlesex (237 & 78-6) lead Gloucs (99) by 216 runs

A THREE-MAN panel from the England Cricket Board's pitches advisory group travel here today to sit in judgement on a track where 25 wickets have so far fallen in 1.5 days' play - 12 of them in 51 overs yesterday.

With five batsmen having been hit on the hand by lifting deliveries off a cracked surface, Harry Brind, the board's pitches inspector, and his colleagues might need to call in at the lo- cal hospital A & E department.

Monte Lynch has been there with a badly bruised left forefinger which at one time was thought to have been fractured.

He came back to steer Gloucestershire beyond the follow-on mark and then retired for the second time.

Late in the day, Mike Gatting, facing his second ball from Shaun Young, reacted violently to a knock but ignored the proffered towel and medicine - only to be out soon after offering no shot to Jonathan Lewis.

This is the first senior game to be played on a pitch which was relaid in 1994 according to board guidelines.

Groundsman David Bridle admitted that the bounce was variable but observed, reason- ably, that some of the shots which led to dismissals - particularly by the home batsmen - were suspect.

The irony is that the other, older, pitches here have been flat surfaces conducive to lots of runs this summer.

Gloucestershire cannot be accused of preparing a track to suit their bowlers when the greater depth of the Middlesex pace attack has dominated the game.

They imposed themselves without the help of Angus Fraser, who spent the second half of the day - after 53 overs had been lost to rain - limping with a twisted ankle.

Gloucestershire collapsed from their overnight 57 for three to 99, the first time they have been dismissed for below three figures this summer.

Richard Johnson did most damage, finishing with four for 27, and Tim Bloomfield backed him up with two wickets in successive balls in his first game at this level.

Tony Wright stuck to his task for 2.5 hours before trying to pull Bloomfield and skying a return catch.

He was the sixth man out and, apart from Lynch, the only other home batsman to reach double figures.

But for their 20 extras, Gloucestershire would certainly have been batting again before the close.

Middlesex finished 138 ahead on first innings but Gloucester- shire have by no means given up the ghost in this battle in the higher reaches of the championship table.

Aside from the dismissal of Gatting, they were entitled to celebrate the key wicket of Middlesex captain Mark Ramprakash, the scourge of their bowlers in the first innings.

In two excellent spells, Jon Lewis removed four key batsmen, leaving even Ramprakash flat-footed with the perfect delivery which left him late and hit middle and off stumps.

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Covers stay on to keep inspectors in the dark

By Peter Deeley at Bristol

THE four-man pitches inspectorate from the England Cricket Board were forced to remain under cover until late in the day here yesterday, like the controversial wicket they came to examine.

When the rain finally relented the group, led by John Carr, the board's cricket operations manager, spent more than half an hour out in the middle with groundsman David Bridle.

Carr - who holds the record individual score for Middlesex against Gloucestershire with an unbeaten 261 at Lord's three years ago - had come from Lord's with county representatives Hugh Davies of Glamorgan, Bill Hughes (Hampshire) and David Dunckley (Lancashire).

The inspectors hoped to see some play in order to form a final judgement but the weather defeated them.

When play was due to begin at 5.30 another downpour arrived forcing abandonment of the whole day's play.

Carr will now stay overnight along with Harry Brind, the ECB adviser on pitches, and other members are expected to return today, when they will also inspect television footage of play.

If the weather prevents further play in the match - with Middle- sex leading by 216 runs - then the case against Gloucestershire could well be "not proven".

However Brind has been an eye-witness to events since the first day, having been summoned early by the umpires.

He has seen for himself the effect of the patchwork mosaic, on which 25 wickets have al- ready gone down in 1.5 days' play and five batsmen have been hit on the hand.

The pitch, being used for the first time at first-class level, is one of three here which were relaid in 1994, based on Lord's guidelines.

Philip August, Gloucestershire's secretary, said of the county's first-innings debacle: "This isn't a 99-run wicket. Some of the shots left a lot to be desired. There's some unevenness of bounce but that's to be expected in a new pitch."

This latest problem rounds off an unhappy week for Gloucestershire. On Monday they lost here to Worcestershire when victory would have taken them back to the top of the championship. Twenty-four hours earlier police were called in to ugly crowd scenes at the Sunday meeting between the sides.

The county were letting children accompanied by parents in free and have since been "inundated" with complaints about bad language and drunkenness, according to chief executive Colin Sexstone.

"We're determined to stamp out such disgraceful scenes," Sexstone said, announcing that with effect from tomorrow's game, against Middlesex, Gloucestershire are to introduce restrictions on alcohol consumption.

Both bars in the Jessop Tavern will be closed from the start of play until six and stewards will search spectators to ensure that drink brought into the ground is limited to "sensible" personal consumption.

Sexstone commented: "These actions are deeply regretted but this is the minimum action necessary to allow cricket to be played in a friendly and family atmosphere. Gloucestershire are not alone in experiencing this problem."

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Smith papers over the cracks

By Peter Deeley at Bristol Middlesex beat Gloucesterhire by 44 runs

MIKE SMITH'S 42 wickets at little over 15 runs apiece for Gloucestershire at this early stage in the season holds out the promise of an international future for the 29-year-old exiled Tyke.

So the left-armer is in pole position when it comes to opinions on this controversial wicket - playing its first senior game since it was relaid in 1994 - which is presently under scrutiny by an inspectorate from Lord's.

After one and a half days in which 25 wickets fell, Gloucestershire acknowledge that the mosaic of cracks is leading to variable bounce.

But Smith says: "This is no worse than our game at Headingley when Michael Vaughan broke his wrist. Every ball that has risen has tended to hit the batsman, but the pitch isn't that bad.

"Dismissals have tended to make the rest more hesitant.Perhaps they are hanging back when they should be going forward."

One man who does not seem inflicted with such doubt is Mark Alleyne, growing in confidence now he has assumed the Gloucester- shire captaincy.

He yesterday showed how the lifting ball should be played as he became the first home batsman in the match to reach a half-century.

After the home side, set 263 in a minimum of 89 overs, had slumped to 60 for four, Alleyne shared in a fighting partner- ship with Jack Russell which gave Gloucestershire an outside chance of victory.

The Lord's quartet, aided by ECB pitches inspector Harry Brind, were waiting until the end of the game to give their verdict.

What they particularly wanted to see was how the ball would behave in the hands of Middlesex's Richard Johnson.

But first Johnson rattled up a quick fire 31 off 15 balls as Middlesex added early runs before declaring.

Then Johnson quickly re- moved Gloucestershire's openers, Tony Wright fencing at a lifting ball and Nick Trainor trapped leg before.

He then "nutted" Robert Cunliffe with one that rose from just short of a length.

Maybe unsettled by this, Cunliffe got an inside edge pushing forward to Angus Fraser and Australian Shaun Young soon followed, chasing a legside delivery from James Hewitt.

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Silk trade

At a general meting of the merchants, manufacturers, dyers, dressers and other persons concerned in the silk trade, held at the London Tavern the 19th of January 1798, held at the London Tavern the &19th of January, 1798.

It was unanimously resolved "that it is the opinion of this meeting that the giving and receiving of Christmas boxes, or any other gratuities, in the course of the year, in the silk trade, is a troublesome, expensive, and pernicious custom, and that it ought to be abolished."

Resolved, "that another meeting be held by public advertisement on Friday 2d of February, to consider the propriety of coming to a general Agreement to discontinue the custom in future."

At an adjourned Meeting held at the same place, on Friday, the 2d of February.

It was unanimously resolved, "That the giving and receiving Christmas Boxes or any other Gratuity in the course of the year, shall be abolished in the Silk Trade, from the 25th of December, 1797."

Adams, Son and Co
Allen, Job and Son
Allsopp, John
Brants & De Lannoy
Billinge, Thomas
Beuzeville, Livesque and Berbett
Bird, Wm. Wilberforce and Co
Brewer, Samuel
Beckley, William
Blinkhorn and Musgrave
Bennett, Henry
Braud, Wm. Lewis
Buttress, John
Brind, Walter
Berryman, Thomas
Brass, Thos. & Son
Berryman, Thomas
Boyle, Michael
Bird, William
Cazenove, Ch, Th. and Batard
Chambers, Thomas,
Clays and Smith
Crallan, John
Cotes, Titford and Brookes
Caseboult and Co.
Crisp and Goddard
Coverley, C.J.
Cromwell, Thomas
Cook and Greive
Chamberlain, W
Duveluz, David
Doxat and Divett
Délahaye and Lebez
Dauffy, J and J
Dicker, John
Dickson, James
Desormeaux, J.L.
Desanges, William
descarrieres, David
Everard and Hale
Every, Joseph
Favenc, A. and A.
Frebout, Louis
Foot, James
Flowers, B & Son
Ferguson, James
Farmer, Samuel
Gandolfi, P. and N. and Co.
Gandolfi, J Vincent
Gwatkin, Edward
Garfed, J Wilkinson and Co.
Guillemard, J & P
Griffin, W and J.
Gearing & Taylers
Gibson, H.
Gouger, George
Gibson, Edward
Haldimand, A.F.
Hallet, Cox & Ore
Ham, J and J.
Holmes, Jos & Co
Hammond & Ferard
Hall and Forsyth
Hobbs, John
Hill, Geo and Co.
Harper, William
Hayward, Thomas
Hampton, F.
Hoooper and Lane
Hallows, T & W.
Holland, Joseph
Hawkes, Caleb
Hart, Chabot and Bredell
Hopkins, Joshua
Hendrie, Robert
Jeudwine & Smart
Jourdan, J & G.
Jackkson & Hartlet
Ingleby, John
Jenkins, John
Ireland, John
Kincaid, J and D.
Kirk, Richard
Lucadou & Le Souef
Levy, Zaccaria
Lea, Richard
Le Souef, J & Sons
Lowe, Clay and Hopkins
Lamb, Haycock & Lamb
Le Lievre & Deboof
Motteux, J & Co.
Mesman and Bredel
Malo, John
Massu and Son
Michel, P. F.
Meyrick, E.
Meadows & Vial
Margrave, Thomas
Owen, R and E.
Partison, N. and J.
Prinsep & Saunders
Powell, Stephen
Perrell, John
Pickersgill, Thos.
Prater, William
Pearkes, John
Packer, Richard
Pilgrim, Stephen
Parsons, William
Rock and Shute
Reminhgton & Wilion
Reynolds, Son & Co
Roberts, Hugh
Rugg, Hwenry
Roberts & Walters
Racine and Jaques
Sapre, P.A.
Saywell, J.
Steer, Charles
Smith, Leny
Stanbridge & Tagg
Smith, John
Smith and Holding
Simons, Richard
Smart, Robt. & Son
Tibbits, Belcher & Co.
Turquands and Grugeon
Troughton, Newcomb and Co.
Tippetts, Obadiah and Co.
Tanner, John
Vaux, John & Son
Vaux and Bloom
Winstanley, Henry
Wilson, William
Wilson, Thomas
Wilson, S
Watson, Thomas
White, Henry
Witts and Rowley
Whalley, Thomas
Wake, William
Willis, D. and J.
Ward, James
Weston, Chs & Co.
Westey, John
Ward, John & Co.
(Signed) William Wilson, Chairman.
From The Times Tuesday February 20, 1798
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A Simla correspondent of the Oude Gazette, writing on the 18th ult., says :- "A very melancholy accident occurred here to a lady the other day. It appears she was riding in the direction of Mahaso, when all of a sudden her horse started at a man with a load lening against the side of the hill. The horse backed, and a bearer who was with the lady attempted to draw the animal to him. In this attempt the man failed, the horse still retreated, and all three were precipitted down a precipice. All were, of course, killed, and it took three hours to recover the bodies, which were dreadully mangled and disfigured. The lady was the wife of Colonel Brind."
NZ Taranaki Herald Vol XI issue 534 25 Oct 1862 page 3.
This was the death of Georgina (nee Phillips) 3rd wife of General Sir James Brind

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PERSONS who have obtained GAME CERTIFICATES for the year 1835
Henry Bishop Brind (Thoydon Garnon)

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John Snoswell, a well dressed man, described as a boat builder, was charged before Mr. Yardley with stealing a gold watch, value 25l, from the dwelling house of Mr Brind, an engineer of Ratcliff.

The prisoner, who is believed to have given a fictiitious name, and to have committed many similar robberies, called at the house of Mr. Brind on Monday last, and saw Mrs Snoswell, an elderly lady, and the mother-in-law of the prosecutor, to whom he represented that he was her cousin, and had been travelling abroad for some yers. As Mrs Snoswell had a cousin of that name whom she had not seen for a long time, she gave credit to the prisoner's representations, and invited him into the kitchen to partake of some refreshments. There was then a gold watch belonging to Mr Brind suspended to a nail over the mantel-shelf. The prisoner made a very short stay, and had reached the street door, when he suddenly exclaimed, "I have left my gloves in your kitchen," and rushed past Mrs Snoswell into the kitchen, under pretence of fetching them. He soon returned, bade Mrs. Snoswell a good day, and hastily left the house. Soon afterwards Mrs Brind, the wife of the prosecutor, returned home, and directly missed her husband's gold watch. Information of the robbery and a description of the prisoner was given to the police, and it was ascertained that he had pawned the watch for 5l 10s. He was shortly afterwards arrested, while attempting to obtain a further advance on the watch.

The case was remanded for the attendance of the pawnbroker.

NOTE: The watch is almost certainly the one pictured in Brind of the Bay of Islands (ISBN 978-0-9597597-2-3) (page 109).
Ratcliff or Ratcliffe is a former hamlet lying by the north bank of the River Thames between Shadwell and Limehouse. It is now a district in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, and is located to the south of Stepney.
The Dispatch? Nov 1854

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Yesterday, a working optician, named George Fenson, and Eliza, his wife, with a woman named Lydia Hill, were brought before Mr. Alderman Cowan, to account for being found in a house which had been forcibly entered by a thief.

Mr Cracklow, one of the Common Councilmen of the ward of Bred-street, attended to watch th case.

Thomas Russ, a watchman, stated that as he was calling half-past ten on Saturday night, in Little Distaff-lane, he was the prisoner George, engaged in knocking a plate off the key-hole of the house, No. 7, while the two women were lighting him. He passed on, but in about three minutes he heard a cry of :Watch!" from one of the females; and on returning, they asked him to see what state the servant was lying in. On entering a kitchen at the end of the passage, he found the young woman lying on her face, with a handkerchief bound tight over her mouth, her legs crossed and tied at the ankles and her arms corded straight down her body.

In reply to questions from the Magistrate, he said the prisoners called him before they attempted to relief the girl. Witness did not touch her, but sprung his rattle, and sent another watchman for the constable of the night. The prisoner George, however, untied her mouth. The house, till about two months ago, was used as a house of ill-fame. A Mrs Sandell carried it on.

Cross-examined by Mr Robinson on behalf of the prisoners: The prisones could not have tied the girl in the short time they were in the house before they called him; and at the moment they had shown him what state she ws in, the male prisoner began to untie her.

Charles Brind, the night constable, said on entering the house he found the drawers in the front parlour had been opened, and the contents strewed about the room. The girl was lying on the floor still, but she had been untied.

Wm. Barker, the beadle of the parish, said he had ran up on hearing the rattle, but the watchman collared him, and refused to admit him. However, he got in.

The Watchman, in explanation, said he conceived the beadle was officiously traspassing on the duties of the constable of the night.

Mr Alderman Coan said his misconduct must be represented to the Watch Committee. It was not be endured that a person so ignorant of his duty should remain a watchman. He was springing his rattle for assistance, and his foolish jealously of the parish constable, who was the first to offer help, was disagraceful.

Barker continued: He knew Hill as the keeper of a brothel on Bread-street-hill in the name of Sandell. Between six and seven o'clock on Saturday evening he observed an unusual number of females waiting about the lane, and among them Mrs Sandells daughter, a girl of sixteen; but after waiting some time they went away. He afterwards heard the alarm, and saw the girl, who was the servant, left in care of the house, lying on the floor as described by the watchman.

Mr Holmes, a surgeon, produced a pitch plaster on brown paper, about three inches across, which had been stuck upon the girl's mouth.

The girl herself was then examined. She said he name is Elizabeth Marsh, and he parents, if living, are at the Cape of Good Hope; she is 17 years of age, and has been a servant at this house of accommodation a year and a half; if has been disuwed as such of late,; could not tell where Mr. or Mrs. Sandell lives, but their daughter comes to sleep with her (witness) every night; about six o'clock on Saturday evening she heard a knock at the door, and, on opening it, a tall man, in a brown great coat, asked if her master or mistress were at home? She told him they were not. The man, who had put his feet within the door, immediately clapped the plaster on her mouth, then closed the street-door, pushed her backwrds to the kitchen, and begn to tie her down in a chari; she got the plaster off, and struggled and cried. He, however, got a rope about her, and she fell on the floor, when he corded her arms down to her side, and tied her handkerchief ove her mouth, so that she could hardly draw any breath. He also tied her legs, so that she could not rise when she was left alone. Before he tied her mouth over he asked whether her mistress had any plate or money, and said he would have the property or her life; he then rummaged about the house, and stayed about ten minutes; she could not extricate herself, but she contrived to raise the handkerchief from under he chin, and to get a little breath but she soon lost her senses, and when she recovered she found Mrs Hill, whom she knew, Mr Cracklow, Mr Holmes, and many others in the house; Mr Sandell had the plate put over the key-hole two months ago, that the house might not be locked up and left.

There ws no evidence as to what property had been stolen.

Mr Robinson, for the prisoners, urged that there was nothing in the evidence to implicate them in the robbery or attack on the girl, and desired Mrs Hill to tell the whole truth.

Mrs Hill then said she was at Mr Sandell's, in King's Arms-yard, Windmill-street, Finsbury, the whole of the Saturday; Caroline, his daughter, went away at seven o'clock to sleep in Distaff-lane, but returned some time after, and she she could not obtain admittance; it was supposed the servant, Elizabeth Marsh, had gone our or run away, and Mr Sandell being old and lame, gave the key of the street-door to Fenson, and told him to get in by taking the plate off the key-hole; this was accordingly done, and while they were looking at the sstate of the drawers in the fron room, they heard the girl moan in the kitchen, and immediatly called in the watchman.

Caroline, the daughter, corroborated this statement and her father and mother were in attendance to be examined, if necessary; but

Mr Alderman Cowan said he was satisfied the prisoners were not concerned in the offence, though the ward authorities acted perfectly right in detaining them, to know who they were, and to explain how they came to enter the house. There could be no doubt sm person had discovered the house was in the care of a single individual, and imagined that in such a house a good booty might be obtained. The object of the villain was plunder, not murder; and it might be hoped he could yet be brought to justice.

The prisoners were then discharged.

Morning Chronicle?, 1835?
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This letter was printed in The Times on February 16, 1829. Goodness knows who this woman was.
Notable, famous Brinds
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The bills of Messrs Magnay and Brind wholesale stationers, have been returned. Their liabilities are about £20,000.

John Bull January 17 1863
Magnay Baronets From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Magnay Baronetcy, of Postford House in the County of Surrey, was a title in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom. It was created on 8 November 1844 for William Magnay, a wholesale stationer and Lord Mayor of London from 1843 to 1844. The second Baronet was a novelist. The title became extinct on the death of the third Baronet in 1960. Christopher Magnay, father of the first Baronet, was Lord Mayor of London from 1821 to 1822.

Magnay Baronets, of Postford House (1844)
Sir William Magnay, 1st Baronet (1797-1871)
Sir William Magnay, 2nd Baronet (1855-1917)
Sir Christopher Boyd William Magnay, 3rd Baronet (1884-1960)
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Here are some of Montgomery's half-million

Germans pouring across the Elbe to surrender to Montgomery's men. In the middle of the stream of prisoners is a British jeep.

The Crusader flash of the British Second Army on one of the drivers if just visible.

So great was the crush that a notice had to be erected warning them that unless they kept correct position the bridge would sink.

No guards were necessary. British soldiers simply stood by laughing at "Tally-Ho Bridge".

News Chronicle Fri May 4th 1945. My grandfather (William Charles Brind) was photographed guarding POWs. Admittedly he is a distance from the camera but he later confirm that it was him. Justin Taylor (

Notable, famous Brinds
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Fifty years of coping for the bravest of the brave

The Stairway to Heaven Memorial, commemorating the Bethnal Green Tube Disaster of 1943.

On Bethnal Green Underground station today, posters carry the familiar warnings about crush: the improbably tiny figure beneath adult feet and the reminder that children are vulnerable. You would walk past it without thinking, if it were not for a particularly grim anniversary to be marked next Wednesday. It happened on March 3, 1943: another Wednesday, at the height of the London blitz.

On that day, hurrying for shelter from an air raid, 173 people were killed on this staircase without a single bomb falling. In all, 62 children, 84 women and 27 men died with a terrible simplicity: at the enquiry, the magistrate said that "the stairway was, in my opinion, converted from a corridor to a charnel house in from ten to 15 seconds. Death was, in all cases examined, due to suffocation and the vast majority showed signs of intense compression".

Newspaper reports of the time explain it, baldly. At 8.17pm, the alert sounded and, in the next ten minutes, over 1,500 people went safely down the stairway (the shelter, an unfinished Tube station, held 9,000 people, with bunks for 5,000).

At 8.27pm, a salvo of anti-aircraft rockets a new type, unfamiliar to the public caused a panic surge. At the same time, a woman carrying a baby tripped near the bottom of the 19 steps, starting off a domino effect. People lay, unable to move, their plight invisible to the pressing crowd above because of the blackout. "There was built," said the official Home Office statement, "an immovable and interlaced mass of bodies five, six or more deep."

It took until 11.45pm to clear the scene, even in the middle of a war. The disaster was the Hillsborough of its time. The home secretary, Herbert Morrison, urged stoicism. "Shocking as this blow is, it falls upon a people tested and hardened by the experiences of the blitz and as well able to bear loss bravely as any people in the world."

Mr Morrison also promised an enquiry but warned, with that bygone wartime arrogance which modern politicians might secretly envy, that, "no good Londoner will want to indulge in any scapegoat-hunting. It is not dignified and it is not necessary." Talk of missing handrails, of wardens downstairs playing cards, and of "fascists and criminal persons" fomenting panic was sternly quashed.

Fifty years on, a group of survivors and relatives have asked the local authority for a memorial. So on Wednesday, the Bishop of Stepney and the Mayor of Tower Hamlets will preside over a service at the church alongside the station, St John's, and at the unveiling of a plaque on the staircase.

Other survivors, who may have spoken little about it for decades, choose this moment to retell the story to a generation which takes disasters Heysel, Hillsborough, Bradford, Zeebrugge with perhaps less stoicism, and certainly no shortage of scapegoat-hunting. It is a fit point to remember their loss: they want the story told.

Ivy Brind certainly does. Although that night left her with a violent nervous tic which required nerve surgery and physiotherapy after the war and left her with a partially-paralysed face, she has survived the blight well: worked, borne a daughter, nursed three relatives including her husband through their last illnesses, and raised money for charitable causesranging from lifeboats to guide dogs. She still lives a stone's throw from Bethnal Green station, in east London, and the only obvious symptom of what happened to her there is that she has never used it since.

In 1943, Mrs Brind was a lively 25-year-old, at the heart of a close extended family. "My husband, Ted, was a quartermaster-sergeant in the Royal Fusiliers. I lived in a flat just below my mother's, and I had a brother and a sister single at home and two brothers married." Worrying unduly about air raids was not in her nature: she rarely bothered with the shelter. "When my husband was home once on leave, we were sleeping at the alert, and he rolled over close to me. Just as well. At the all clear, he had a lump of concrete lying on his pillow. My brother was in the other room on the sofa, and all the cupboards shook out pepper and salt all over him. Somehow, you could laugh."

But on the night of March3, "my sister, May, was nervous. My brother's two daughters were evacuated, and my sister-in-law was pregnant they sent you out of London at eight months to have it somewhere. So my Mum and May and I were looking after her little boy. Barry." Mrs Brind is a fast, lively talker, but stops at his name. "He was two years and nine months old. I loved that baby. He'd come into bed with me. We'd play. Anyway, my sister said we had to go down the Tube because we'd bombed Berlin the night before, and if anything happened to Barry, she'd kill herself."

Still reluctant, Mrs Brind walked to the top of the steps, and then the rockets fired. The Berlin raid, as the enquiry later pointed out, had caused fears of terrible reprisal. "There was a terrific bang, and I don't know where all the people came from. I thought it was too much, I turned back with Barry in my arms. But we were thrown like a pack of cards. I stood ..." Mrs Brind stands suddenly, reliving it, her arms across her chest ... "like this. For 31/2 hours. Barry said: `Aunty Fivy!' He called me that always. And he never spoke again."

She did not know the child was dead. "Just perhaps that he couldn't speak you see the fear, the screaming it could do something to a child. They climbed over us," she adds, quietly, "over us, to get down. They pulled people out, no time to take pulses, just laid them on the street. I think some of them died of cold.

"Then someone took Barry away. I thought he and my mother and sister must be at the hospital. I walked through the wards. Then the sister just patted my shoulder ..." again, an illustrative pat of her own shoulder, as Mrs Brind remembers the callous wartime briskness, "and said, `Have a look round the mortuary tomorrow morning'. My sister said my mother had cried, `They're killing me'. People were kicking her."

In the mortuary, "My mother's black hair, I shall never forget, it had gone white. There was Barry, third one along. Never a mark on him, as if I'd just bathed him. I went into shock. It wasn't like bombs. In bombs you said `I'm lucky to get out alive'. I didn't think I was lucky. My brother came and he wouldn't tell my sister-in-law until she'd had the new baby. He changed out of his black after Barry's funeral to see her.

"When they did tell her, she turned and said to me, `Well. Barry's dead. How did you get out?' She never spoke to me for years. Not until her daughter was 21."

Ted Brind was not allowed home until the war's end. For his wife, official help was limited to a medical check-up and Pounds 100 compensation for the tic and her six months off work. "The counsellors they have now for disasters, I'd have liked that. You see, when you're talking to family and neighbours, they're in it too, the tears flow. At the funeral, my sister said to the vicar, `Don't mention God's name to me, if he was real, he wouldn't have let that happen'.

"But to talk to someone, like I'm talking to you now. Someone who isn't in it. That would help." Another pause. "We loved that baby. And my mother was just getting to the age we could have given her a more comfortable life at last. She'd given everything for us. For years, I went over and over everything that happened, thinking I could have saved Barry. But then I think of Dickie Colbert, the boxer. He was killed down there. He couldn't save himself."

Blame, compensation claims, the suggestion, years later, that she should sell her "true life story" to a women's magazine, are things Mrs Brind dismisses out of dignity, as much as she dismisses the idea of forgetting. "We'd all had a bad time. But we helped one another. My mother used to say about the bombs, `You got to be brave'. That Tube, my mother, the baby ... even now, if I sat around this flat thinking about it, I'd be in the madhouse. So I get on with it. What's the good of being miserable?"

Ivy Brind will be in church on Wednesday, to pay tribute. Her sister, she says regretfully, so far refuses to go. Fifty years on, she will still have nothing to do with the God who let it happen.

Copyright: Libby Purves, The Times. Friday 26 February 1993.
The Times
Friday 26 February 1993
Cuttings Family history 1998 & earlier

Our Rural Industries
6--Baillie, Brind and Co Ltd

By Roy Albans


To most people sand is merely something that gets in one's shoes at the seaside, or that makes a welcome appearance on our roads (by courtesy of the Borough Council after a snowfall). The handier handyman will add that sand is a vital ingredient of concrete. But to get sand-and its coarser brother, gravel,into perspective, the builder is the man to consult.

To him these finely divided lumps of rock rank in importance with bricks and timber. The story of how they get into our roads and paths, our house foundations, wall plaster, mortar and the hundreds of other unlikely places they crop up is not a simple one.

If you imagine that sand merchant merely takes a lorry to the nearest seashore, loads it up, and delivers it to the builder-- you couldn't be more wrong. The same applies to gravel.

Building is a scientific job these days and every ingredient is examined with care-- sometimes even under a microscope-- to determine its suitability for the job. For any particular piece of work there will be one grade of material that does the job well, and half a hundred others that range in usefulness from passable to downright poor.And so it is with sand. this is the story of a modern firm, dedicated to supply sand and gravel to the exacting requirements of the modern building industry.

Although the story takes us far afield from Banbury it starts here, and ends here.


Originally the firm of Baillie, Brind and Co Ltd, had nothing to do with sand. The company was formed in 1935 as a horse training and dealing concern and when a coal and corn business at Fenny Compton Wharf was acquired the stables that went with the business were the main attraction. Nevertheless, it was that step that ld to the firm's present status.

In 1938, taking from the Munich crisis warning that the days of peace were running out, the horse business was abandoned and the Banbury coal business of James Bush in Cornhill, was acquired.

It was soon found that the coal lorries were in great demand by sand and gravel pit owners for haulage and the firm branched out into that business by taking over the gravel pit at Syresham. The directors speedily learned the lesson that for the business to be successful they must supply the best gravel and enlarge their markets. By January 1st 1940, gravel had been found at Ryton near Coventry, modern plant had been bought and installed and production was under way.

Four months earlier all the directors of the firm had re-joined their Service units, Admiral Sir Patrick Brind, G.B.E. K.C.B. and his brother Commander M. A. Brind, were on active service. So were Lt-Col V. C. Brind D.S.O. M.C., Brig H.G.. Prynne, C.B.E., M.C. and Major T.G. Du Boisson M.B.E. M.C. Of the directorate, only Commander Brind was based at a home port at that time and it was to him that Mr. W. L. Harris, who had been sales manager for some years, reported progress in the new venture, of which he was in charge.

During that first year of the war a stone pit was established at Burton Dassett and another gravel pit at Coton Estate Nether Whiteacre, near Coleshill. The Burton Dassett and Syresham pits have since been worked out, but in June last year work was started on a sand pit at Epwell.

The company moved into its present offices in the Prudential Buildings, Banbury, in 1939, and those are still the head offices of the company.


To visit all the workings of the firm today is a round trip of over 150 miles. It is likely to be a cold trip too, for sand and gravel workings are open places, sited well into the country, and apparently with a special climate of their own.

First to the local working at Epwell where sand only is dug and where the processing is the simplest. The working is a new one and at the moment only one man is employed there. He is Jack Mawle, a Great Bourton man, who started with the Company at the age of 14 and learned to drive a drag-line excavator. Today he handles the twenty-ton monster as your or I would a car. With uncanny skill he drops the huge claw-edged scoop just where he wants it, a jerk of the drag-line digs it well into the sand of the bottom of the pit, then up it soars, held at a tilt at the end of the crane-arm, and hovers over the hopper of the jigger screen,m into which it drops its load of sand.

The jigger screen is another mechanical monster, jerking the sand over steel wire screens that hold back the pebbles, passing only the sand for loading on to the waiting lorries.


At Epwell, the sand it exactly right for a wide range of building work and for plastering, and so it needs no further treatment beyond the screening given by the jigger. There is another pit of similar sand near Ryton, but the main workings there supply gravel to an impressive processing plant.

One of the three diesel-engined trains will take you to the end of a three-quarter mile track to where the gravel is excavated again by the drag line monster. The train of "skips"-- side-tipping trucks-- carries the gravel and sand to the foot of a conveyor belt which feeds it into a huge revolving washing drum. Here the sand is removed by flooding the gravel with water as it churns inside the drum. Sand and water go on to a cone-shaped separator which delivers the washed sand into bunkers, the water and silt being drained away. The gravel leaves the drum on another conveyor belt and passes through a screening and crushing process which separates it into three standard grades.

Over the whole plant watches the manager, Aberdonian Jock" Thane, who joined the Company in its horse-dealing days when he was a blacksmith.

At Coton the problem is the same, to separate the sand and grade the gravel. The great quantity of water available there, however, enables a different process to be used. After excavation and train transport to the plant, the gravel is few into a water-filled hopper set into the bank of of a lake. The gravel and water is sucked up into an eight-inch diameter pipeline by a gravel-pump powered by a 150 horsepower electric motor. the pump forces the gravel and water along the pipe-line at 10 feet a second,and in the process the sand is separated out, enabling the gravel to be fed direct into the power-operated crusher and jigger screens, the washed sand going into the bunker.


With the grave and sand dug,washed,graded and ready for delivery, a new story begins, a story in which Baillie, Brind and Co. were pioneers. the great scar5s left in the earth by the excavation of ten feet of so depth of gravel must be restored to agriculture in useable condition. since 1947 that has been a requirement of law, but the Company have been operating a resuscitation scheme since the very early days.

When first the land is broken up the fertile top soil is carefully put on one side. As a section of land is worked out it is levelled off and the top soil replaced, restoring the pasture though at a lower level.

At the Coton working, however, use is made of the vast quantities of ash available from the nearby Hams Hall Power Station to restore the workings to normal height before the top soil is relaid. Manager Ernie Perry keeps a watchful eye on the operation, there have been 35 acres of land worked there since 1942, most of it being back to grass again now, but there are 200 more acres to be worked.


With the material dug and processed, and the land reclaimed, the last link in the chain is delivering the goods.

Before the war the Company had its own transport but it was found too great a task for one man to supervise both production and delivery during the war, and the transport was sold to Latham Haulage Ltd of Coventry with a contract for exclusive use of the fleet of vehicles by Baillie, Brind and Co. The biscuit and brown livery of the lorries is a familiar sight at many of the great building contract sites in the Midlands.

In all Bailie, Brind and Co employ fifty workers, the majority of whom are skilled men-- mechanics, loco driver excavator operators-- for the whole of the processing and excavation is mechanised. Between them they produce 1,200 tons of sand and gravel a day, the basic material of the road aerodromes and buildings that stand as a monument to their labours.
The Banbury Advertiser
Monday 25 January 1954
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On Monday at St.Alfege Mission Room,Greenwich, on the body of Richard Brind, aged 40, an iron plate worker of 58 Elm-street, Plumstead, who died from injuries caused by being knocked down and run over by a tramcar in the Lower Woolwich-road on he Tuesday last week.

Walter Brind, 56, Glyndon-road, Plumstead, brother of the deceased, said that on Tuesday morning they were endeavouring to catch a tramcar near the Angerstein Hotel in the Lower Woolwich-road, when another car came along, knocked his brother down,and ran over him.

Witness did not hear any shouting. He assisted in getting deceased from under the car, and took him to the Seamen's Hospital.

Deceased was perfectly sober at the time. Witness did not see the other tram coming.

-- Another brother of deceased who was also with him at the time of the accident, gave corroborative evidence. He did not hear or see the car until the horses were upon his brother. Frederick Parsons said he witnessed the accident.

The driver pulled up his horses as quickly as he could. Witness heard shouting but this was when the horses' heads were touching the deceased. Albert Reynolds, Ashburnham-road, Greenwich, said the car was only going at a walking pace, and he did not consider the driver in any way to blame.

The deceased stepped in front of the car. Leonard Wills, driver of the car which deceased was trying to catch said the driver of the other car did his utmost to avoid the accident.

There were bells on the horses.

- John Selfe said he was driving the car which ran over the deceased, who was a few yards off when witness first saw him, and he thought he was waiting from him to pass.

All at once he stepped forward and was knocked down by the horses. Witness was easing up to stop at the time.

There was nothing to prevent deceased seeing or hearing the car coming.

--Dr Millward, house surgeon at the Seamen's Hospital said that when admitted deceased was suffering a great deal from shock. Both legs were broken and he had lost considerable blood.

He died at eight o'clock the same evening from shock.

-Verdict "Accidental death," the jury exonerating the driver from blame.

Cuttings Family history 1998 & earlier

On Wednesday last the election took place at Guild-hall, in the committee of Controul over the coal and corn meters, to fill up 14 vacancies for deputy Sea Coal-meters. there were more than 60 candidates, Freeman of the City of London,; when on calling up the ballot, the chairman Deputy Brewer, declared the election to have fallen on the under mentioned persons, and the numbers as follows:

Wm Brind28
J C Shackleton23
Wm Cobb22
John Kendall20
Wm Smith20
Francis Cuthbertson18
Carter Cook18
John jones17
J J Waddington17
John Morgan17
Edward Harks15
Wm Reynolds15
Robert Chipping14
Richard Arrowsmith14

They will be sworn into office this week.
Morning Chronicle,
Tuesday January 17, 1804
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East-India Military College

On Friday the 15th December, the half-yerly public examination of the gentlemen cadets educated at this institutiton, took place.

His Grace the Duke of Wellington, accompanied by Major-General LordFitzroy Somerset, arrived at the college at 11 o'clock, and was received witht he usual military honours by the company of gentlement cadets drawn up under arms in front of the college. On alighting from his carriage, His Grace inspected the company, after which having lodged arms, they were marched into the great hall, and the examination immediately commenced in presence of his Grace, the hon. the Chairman and members of the Court of Directors, and an assemblage of distinguished visitors.

Mr James Brind, first prize in civil drawing; second prize in military drawing.

The Asiatic Journal (London, England), January 1, 1827
See Sir James RA?
Sir James attended Addiscombe (the East India Military Seminary near Croydon) before going to India in 1827.
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Guildhall--Joseph Weaver, a boy about 14 years of age, was brought before Mr. Alderman Venables, yesterday, charged with stealing eighteen ounces of silver ore from the premises of Messrs. Brown and Brind, refiners, in Wood-street. Mr Brind stated, that the prisoner was in the habit of coming frequently to their counting-house to purchase fine silver for his father, who is a gold and silver-leaf beater, and having been suspected for some time, witness observed his motions closely yesterday morning, when he called to buy some silver, to the amount of about 5s 10d. While his head was turned from the part where the prison was standing, he noticed that he snatched something out of a tray on the counter, and immediately left the place. Witness opened a windows, and called out, "Stop thief;" upon which some of his servants pursued the prisoner, and overtook in in Addle-street, Wood-street, he having just before thrown away two pieces of sterling silver, which were picked up. Upon being brought back, he acknowledged he had stolen these pieces, and said he wanted to make " dumps" of it, for playing at pitch in the hole. The pieces could not be singly identified, but they were slver, in the same state as the rest in the tray (that is, in the state in which it arrives from South America); and upon the contents of the tray being weighed, there was a defiency of eighteen ounces, which was precisely the weight of the two pieces in question. The value of them was above 90s-- The prisoner was committed for trial.

'The Standard' Thursday 19 June 1828
See report of Old Bailey trial.
The Brind concerned could have been Thomas (1758-1838).

'The Standard' Thursday 19 June 1828
Cuttings Family history 1998 & earlier

Guildhall-- The sweeping of goldsmiths and jewellers' workshops, containing small particles of various valuable metals, it is the practice to collect together, and melt the metallic contents into what is technically called a skillet, which differs from what is called an ingot only in shape. This is subsequently sold to the refiners. A young man of very respectable appearance, who gave his name William Eaton, and on whose behalf a solicitor attended , was charged by Mr Brown, of the firm of Brown and Brind, refiners , No 30, Wood-street, Cheapside, for an attempted fraud in a sale of one of these skillets.

The prisoner, he stated, had frequently brought them metal for sale. On the 28th September he came as usual with a skillet, for them to make what is termed a parting assay of it, to know its value. This was generally done by taking off a small piece from one of the corners, from the assey of which the whole mass was valued. It happened, however, in this instance, that the piece for the assay was cut of one of the sides, and contained so trifling a portion of valuable metal, as not to be worth more than 20d an hounce. Whent he prisoner called to know the result he expressed much surprise a the small value set upon the contents of the skillet, and said that he understood it to be worth at least 25s an ounce. This led to a more minute inspection of the skillet, which was found to be made up for the express purpose of deception. The interior of the mass was of little or no value; it was generally coated with metal somewhat more valuable, and at the corners from whenc the part to be assayed is usually taken pieces containing particles of gold where nearly soldered on, and had the assay been made from one of these corners, the whole skilled would have been valued at 25s an ounce.

Messrs. Brown and Co had been deceived in this way several times before, and they believed in metal purchased from the prisoner. They had however no part of this to produce, and in the present instance no money had been paid.

Mr Betts, Jun. of Long-acre, produced part of a similar skillet, which had been purchased at their house from the prisoner and for which he had received the estimated value. The money had, however, been paid not by him, but by his brother, who was at present a great distance from town.

As this transation took place out of the city, the Alderman, even had the evidence been present, could not have taken cognizance of it. The prisoner was therefore discharged, with a recommendtion from the Alderman tht he should be taken directly before a Magistrate of the county. This it was at first proposed to do, but as the necessary evidence against hin Mr Betts's case could not be conveniently procured for some weeks, he was ultimately permitted to go at large.

Morning Chronicle October 1822
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To be sold by Auction by Mr Winstanley,

By order of the Executors of Mr Walter Brind working-silversmith, deceased, on the premises, No. 34, Foster-Lane, Cheapside, this Day, at Eleven o'clock.

All the valuable working Tools and Utensils in Trade, Shop-Fixtures, remaining Household furniture, China and Glass, an Iron Chest, and other Effects. May be viewed, and Catalogues may be had on the Premises, and of Mr.Winstanley, Pater noster-Row.
Daily Advertiser,
Monday September 26, 1796
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5th Regiment of Loyal London Volunteer Infantry

TO BE CAPTAINS OF COMPANIES- Walter Brind Esq; Josegh Howell Esq; John Smith Esq; Thomas Cribb Esq; John Minnitt Esq; Edward Penny Esq; Richard Corp Esq; Thomas Dejaning Esq.

London Gazette,
September 17, 1803
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Yesterday was married at Christ Church, Newgate-street Mr Thomas Patrick, tin-plate-worker, to Miss Mary Brind; of Foster-Lane.

Public Advertiser,
September 7, 1793


Friday, Mr. Thomas Patrick of Newgate-street, to Miss Mary Brind youngest daughter of Mr. Walter Brind, of Foster-Lane, Cheapside.

St James's Chronicle or the British Evening Post,
September 7, 1793
Cuttings Family history 1998 & earlier


To be sold, the Property of a Gentleman handsome, strong, Brown Bay Coach Horse fifteen hands and a half,seven years old, and perfectly sound.The only reason for parting with him is his being too heavy for a Phaeton.

Enquire of Mr. Brind ; No. 34. Foster-Lane, Cheapside. Lowest price Fifty Guineas(£52.50).

Morning Post,
Friday May 10, 1793
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Commercial travelling by air is being undertaken by Sqn Ldr G A Reston and Mr W J Brind, who have left this country in a Percival Proctor 1 for Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Baghdad, Cyprus and South Africa. They have started their own export business, Tradewinds (London) Ltd and have purchased the Proctor so that they can conduct their own export cdrive for orders in the various countries which they are visiting. The Proctor was reconditioned by the Field Consolidated, Ltd, at Hanworth. Both Reston and Brind are ex-RAF pilots and the former was a test pilot for the Bristol Aeroplane Co, both before the war and since 1944, when he returned to the company.

from Flight, May 23, 1946, page 526
Cuttings Family history 1998 & earlier

A supplementary report of the South Australian Company, to be presented on the 14th inst., embraces the accounts received from the colony for the half year ending the 30th of June. The income for that period, after allowing for losses and reductions for rent, amounted to £13,325. Nearly all the farms which had been relinquished in conseqence of a period of drought have been relet, and in many instances at the advance of rent. Mr Giles, the manager in South Australia, will retire on account of age and infirmities on the 1st of January and is to be succeeded by Mr Brind.

The Economist Dec 15, 1860 (1404)

Brind and Quartley-- September 23, at St Mark's Church, Torwood, Devon, by the Rev J R Hogg, Charles Brind Esq. of Loo, Kent, to Susanna, widow of the late Rev. C J Quartley, Chaplain Hon. E. I. C. Services, and eldest daughter of Colonel Brind C.B., Royal Bengal Artillery.

Irish Times 3 Oct 1861
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Kendall and Brind-- August 9, at Umballah, India, ????? of the 7th (Q.G) Hussars, to Annie Jane second daughter of James Brind C.B., Bengal Horse Artillery.

Irish Times 4 Nov 1859
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From the Bombay Times of March 17th, we take a sketch of the military operations in the Punjaub, from the fierce but indecisive battle of Chillianwalla, to the battle of Goojrat on the 21st February. In the last engagement the Sikhs were finally and completejy defeated. General Gilbert's division of the army crossed the Jhelum in pursuit of ihe di&comfited foe, and the insurgent chiefs Chutier Singh and Shere Singh surrendered nnconditionally on ihe Bth March. General Gilbert's* proceedings subsequent to the battle of Gooj:at were partially detailed in the Straits Times extra, but to understand the matter clearly, they should be read alter readin? the sketch copied from the Bombay Times. We stated in our issue of the 3rd insunt that a great battle was on tlie eve of being fought near the Chenaub. The detention of the mail till the 4th enabled us to insert a short extra in our overland papers announcing the fact that on ihe 21st February a glorious victory had been won by the British army, under Lord Gough, over the Sikh insurgents under Rajah Shere Singh, followed by the total discomfi ure of the Sikhs, who fled, leaving behind them their camp, baggage, and equipments, and nearly the whole of their artillery. We have since then received the official accounts of the affair, with full particulars from private sources. It will be remembered that from the date of the unhappy action at Chilliunwalla, where the Commamlerin-Chief totally overthrew the enemy who could not, however, be persuaded to move out of the way our troops continued for a month to occupy an entrenched camp close by the scene ot combat. About the 6th a field-work skilfully placed in advance, compelled the Sikhs to shift that part of their camp more immediately threatened with danger and just after this an attempt was made by them to outflank us, they continuing to protect themselves in all their movements by excellent entrenchments, constructed with the skill and expertness in forming field-works to which all their successes are ascribable. Their object seerneJ to be twofold first, to secure supplies, then on their way.'for them, and next, to provoke us, if possible, to attack them in their entrenchments before the arrival ot our reinforcements. They had begun very seriously to incommode us by interrupting our communications from the rear, when all at once they abandoned their entrenchments, and the rumour ran that they had crossed the Jhelum and fled into the Doao beyond. Their camp was examined everywhere, but not an article of property was found, or indications discernible of what might be their purposes, or whither they had gone. One day of mystery and wonderment was spent, when the next brought the astounding intelligence that the insurgents, instead of retiring across the Jhelum, had moved their whole army past us, and now occupied the town of Goojrat, seventeen miles in our rear. Rumour adde.l that they wers in full march on Lahore and that a party of them had crossed the Chef naub, and threatened Wuzeeraba'l, a detachment ol Nicholsons Irregulars having fallen into their hands. The Commander-in-chief now prepared to abandon his entrenchments, but the difficulty of collecting some 60,000 baggage cattle and 100,000 followers who were permitted to prowl about in quest of food as far from the camp as was consistent with safety, caused thirty hours' delay. At length the troops were got into motion on the 15th. They proceeded in nearly the same line as that in which they bad advanced, and, after a march of Irom twelve to seventeen miles, took up ground near the village of Lussooria, near the spot where Sir Joseph Thackwell had engaged the enemy on the 3rd December. Meanwhile the victorious array from Mooltan had been directed to push on by forced marches. General Whish with Maikham's Brigade arrived at Rarnnugger on the 13th Hervey followed on the 16ih and on the 18th Dundas with the Bombay column made their appearance, having covered thirty-seven miles of ground during their last day on the way, and having occupied in all a day less from Mooltan than any of the forces preceding them. And this was much where all had done so well it is here adverted to to meet the slander that they had lingered on the way. On arriving at Wuzeerabad, Whish found a strong force ou their way from Lahore to join head quarters. It consisted of H.M. 53rd, and the 13th and 20th, and 53rd Native Iufantry, with the 12th and 13th Irregular Horse. The force, which had arrived with him from Mooltan, consisted of H.M. 32nd, the 51st, 52nd, and 72nd N. 1., with the 11th Irregular Cavalry. The first news which reached him on his arrival was, that the whole insurgent force was in full march on the Chenaub, a part of them having already crossed at Wuzeerabad. Immediately on becoming aware of this, General Whish, without waiting for instructions, ordered two nine pounder guns, and Quin's Irregular Horse, to proceed up the river's bank without delay on the 14th. On the 15th, H.M. 63rd the 13th N. 1., and 12th Irregular Cavalry, with two field guns, the whole under the command of Colonel Byrne, were despatched in the same direction. They marched all day, and reached Wuzeerabad in the evening having covered since morning twenty-four miles of ground. They were ordered to risk nothing to reconnoitre merely, and, if resisted, to fall back at once on Markhams Br'gade, which followed to support them. It turned out that the Sikhs had never crossed in force at all those of them that had been on the hither side had returned to the further; there were at the same time reported to be 4000 of the insurgents on the opposite bank. On the 16th, Markbam's Brigade, consisting of H.M. 32nd, and the 51st and 72nd N. 1., with two sqadrons of the 11th Irregular Horse, pushed on to the ford at Hurree-ks-puttuu, half way betwixt Rarauuggur and Wuzeerabad, where a bridge of boats had been cons.ructed, and half the force proceeded immediately to cross. On the same day Colonel Byrne, learning that a body of Sikhs 6000 strong, with, six guns, were preparing to cross at Sodra Ghaut, despatched Colonel Alexander to the spot with four guns, two regiments of Irregular Horse, 580 men of H. M. 53rd, and the 13th N. I. These were not only able to prevent the Sikhs from crossing, but induced them to fall back on, the main force at Goojrat so that the detachment rejoined Colonel Byrne in the evening. Major Lawrence at this came into camp on parole with what particu'ar object does not appear he immediately proceeded to meet his brother at Lahore. His family continued with the enemy as hostages for his return, and he rejoined accordingly just after the battle. On the 16th, Lord Gough quitted his camp at Sedoolapore, and made a march in the direction of the enemy. On the 17th, he made another short movement in advance, and being now within six miles of their outposts, and in a position to compel them to fighf, he resolved to await in the camp the arrival of the last of his reinforcements. Whish now joined head -quarters, and Hervey's brigade also came into camp, leaving the heavy guns to follow. On the l&ih, the Bombay column joined, and arrangements were now made for action. On the morning of the 20th, Markbam joined, and Byrne was directed to move down the left bank from the position he held at Wuzeerabad with two corps of infantry and four guns, leaving two regiments of Irregular Horse to watch the fords to prevent maurciuders from crossing. It. is said to have been the intention of the Sikhs at iirst to push on for Lahore, and if possible secure the capilal before they were overtaken. Foiled in this by the premature arrival of the Moollan column, they now wished to temporise so as, if possible, to gain time to enable them to secure provisions and fall back on their former position, which they seemed to aye left for want of supplies. A careful recounoisance having been made, the enemy were found to be nearly 60,000 strong, including, we presume, maurauders and camp followers, with probably 25,000 regular troops, and about sixty pieces ot artillery, nearly all of small calibre. Their camp lay around the town of Goojrat, in nearly a semi-circle their regular tioops immediately fronted us just behind them, and between them and the town, was the channel of the river Dwara, at this season without water. This forms a deep, stiong, and tortuous watercourse, which, after neaily embracing Goojrat in one of its flexures, diverges for some distance to the north and west, and tf en, taking a southerly direction, runs nearly through the ground occupied by the British army. The enemy had taken advantage of this for the protection of their right, their infantiy being secured by the watercourse, while his left was covered by another watercourse running by the east of the town into the Chenaub. Between these two a space of nearly three miles of ground well fitted for a battlefield extended. The order of battle had been set when our troops encamped. The Bombay column, commanded by Brigadier-General the honorable H. Dundas, occupied the left. It was supported by White's brigade of cavalry, including the Scinde horse and Captains Duncan and Huish's troops of horse artillery the infantry was covered by Major Blood's troop of Bombay horse artillery the whole mounted force under Sir Joseph Thackwell. An attempt to turn the flank was apprehended from the Sikh and Affghan horse, which the cavalry were specially called to guard against. Campbells division of infantry, covered by Nos. 5 and 10 Light Field Batteries, under Major Ludlow and Lieutenant Roberston, were placed next the Bombay troops, with their right resting on a watercourse Hoggan's brigade acting as their reserve. On the right of the watercourse, again, Gilbert's division was placed. Eighteen heavy guns under Majors Day and Horsford, with batteries under Captain and Brevet Major Sir Richmond Shakespeare, were disposed of in two divisions on the flanks of the brigade. Whish's division of infantry, with Markhams brigade in support, formed a continuance of the line the whole being covered by three troops of horse artillery, with one light field battery with a second reserve of artillery under Colonel Brind. The right flank was protected by Hearsey's and Lockwood's Cavalry Brigades, with Warner's troops of horse artillery. The rear was guarded by the sth and 6th light cavalry, the Bombay light field battery, and the 45th and 69th Native Infantry. The arrangement was completed, and the troops in position by daybreak, the British force amounting to about 25,000 men, with nearly 100 guns, of which a third were of the largest calibre. The Commander-in-Chief's intention was to penetrate the centre of the enemy's line with his right, so as to turn the positiou of the force in the rear of the watercourse, so that the left may be enabled to cross in comparative safety, and in combination with the right to double upon the centre wing of the enemy's force opposed to them. At half-past seven the whole force, thus formed, moved forward in the direction of the position of the enemy, who opened their guns with their usual skill and precision as soon as they believed us within range. The infantry were halted just out of reach of the fire, and our artillery, covered by skirmishers, was pushed on. The tables as they stood at Moodkee were now turned, and we had now abundance of battering guns to oppose 7 and 8-pounder field pieces with only two 16 and one 18-pounder to resist us and at the distance of 1000 to 800 yards the heavy guns could pound them at pleasure, the lighter artillery pushing on as the opposing fire slackened. The Sikh guns one after another became dismantled, and it was clear they could no longer maintain themselves against us. About nine o'clock the whole line of infantry advanced, still covered by their guns. The heavy artillery and field guns were pushed on, taking up position after position as they approached the foe. A body of Sikh infantry which lay concealed near the village of Rutra Kalra, the key of their position, was gallantly driven in by Penny's brigade, consisting of the 2nd Europeans, the 31st and 70th N. I. A portion of Hervey's brigade, under Colonel Franks, about this time charged a body of the enemy at Chota Kalra. By eleven o'clock it was clear the Sikhs had no longer the slightest chance with us. They had at one time threatened to attack our left, and had, with this end in view, advanced some distance, when they were first checked by round shot, and then turned by grape. A party strongly posted by a nullah found itself enfiladed by our guns, and compelled to retire and leave a large piece of ordnance behind them. The enemy's cavalry now attempted, as had been anticipated, to turn our left the Affghan horsemen, about 1500 in number, being conspicuous for their boldness. The Scinde Horse, mustering no more than 500, with a squadron of the 9th Lancers, were ordered to charge, they cut right through the enemy, and overthrew and dispersed them in a way that kept their comrades in breathless admiration. The General who saw the charge, came up and warmly congratulated Lieutenaut Malco'm, the officer in command of the former, on the conduct of his corps. A curious incident now occurred. Four guns had been lost by Captain Huish's troop of artilleiy at Chillianwallah the first gun captured by the cavalry on the left, to which the gallant captain's troop was attached, was oiie of these, at which he was so overjoyed that kis said he actually hugge.i it in his arms. Lord Gough had at one lime narrowly escaped being made prisoner. A body of Sikh horsemen charged his escort, by whom they were driven back. His Excellency had to defend himself with his pistols, ami owed his escape to Major Tucker, who slew his most immediate assailant. About 10,000 of the Sikh irregular horse with Avitabile's dragoons galloped fora space along the British line, endeavouring to penetrate it they were attacked and diiven off in the most brilliant style by the Ist and 3rd light cavalry, and 14th dragoons. The enemy had already lost many of their bravest men, and a large number of their guns, and they now began everywhere to give way. The British line rapidly advanced, carrying every thing before it; the nullah and ford were crossed, all the villages carried at the bayonet's point, and Sikhs every where put to flight the right wing and Campbells divisions passing in pursuit to the eastward, the Bombay column to the northward of the town. The retreat was rapidly converted into a flight, the enemy dispersing themselves in all directions. The gates of the town were now occupied, and all egress prevented. The camp, with all its contents, was in our possesion. A party of 200 Sikhs for a short time maintained themselves in a temple they were expelled with severe loss by a detachment from the 52nd N. I. The cavalry division under Sir Joseph Thackwell were sent in pursuit. The horse artillery plied with grape in the retiring masses the cavalry charged as often as they could get near, and the enemy were shot and sabred in vast numbers in all directions. They at length under cover of approaching night escaped from their tired pursuers, who returned to camp at ten o'clock having been fifteen hours in the saddle. Of the 60 pieces of artillery brought into the field against us, 53 were left in our hands all that had before been taken from us were recovered. The whole camp, camp equipage, and stores, with an incredible quantity of ammunition, was captured. Our casualties, killed, wounded,and missing, amounted to 807 those of the enemy to at least four times as many. The following are the names of the officers killed Captain J. Anderson, 4th troop 3rd brigade horse artillery; 2nd Lieutenant E. W. Day, Ist company Ist battalion foot artillery Lieutenant R. Cox, Bth Native Infantry and Lieutenant E. H. Sprot, 2nd European L.I. Wounded Major G. Farquharson, Bth N. 1., dangerously Major J. K. M'Causland, 70th N. 1., severely Captain and Brevet-Majcr Sir R. C. Shakespeare, first company fourth battalion foot artillery Captains J. H, Goddar, and A. Scudamore, 14th dragoons, the former severely, the latter dangerously Captain J. W. H. Jamieson,s2nd N. 1., severely; Captain A. Boyd, 2nd European L. slightly; Brevet-Captain C. S. Edwards, 70th N. 1., slightly; Lieutenant H. J. Stannu 1 sth lij»ht cavaliy, severely; G. Jeffrey, 32nd foot, slightly T. (J. Darnell, 51st N. 1., severely; W. H. Lovvther and G. R. Smith, 52nd N. 1., severelj A. Elderton, 2nd European L.1., slightly; and A. Fytche, 70th N. 1., slightly; second Lieutenant B. M. Hutchinson, Engineers, very severely, leg amputated Ensigns A. D. Toogood, D. A. Sandford, and J. G. S. Matheson, second European L.I., slightly F. G. Gaily, 31st N.I., slightly R. C. Whiting, and C. Marry, 70th N. I., slightly and Provost Marshal Budd severely.
New Zealand Spectator and Cook's Strait Guardian, Volume v, Issue 417, 1 August 1849, Page 2
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Irish Times 10 Mar 1863
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Brind and Newland-- July 15, 1858, at New Plymouth, New Zealand, James Frederick Brind, Esq son of colonel James Brind C.B. H.M.'s Bengal Horse Artillery, to Susan, daughter of J. Newland Esq. of the same place.

Brownlow and Brind-- March 28 at Deyrah Doon, India, Henry A Brownlow, H.M.'s Bengal Engineers, only son of H Brownlow, Esq., late Bengal Civil Service to Ellen Eliza, third daughter of Colonel James Brind, C.B. H.M.'s Bengal Horse Artillery.

Irish Times 28 May 1859
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Mr Lewis has held an inquest at Grays, upon the bodies of Albert Brind and William Brind, the former the son of the Captain, and the latter the sons of the mate of a vessel lying moored in Gray's Creek, in the Thames. The boys had permission to go on shore, and shortly afterwards their boat was found floating about. Search being made their bodies were discovered in the river. It is presumed that the boat, being unmoored when they were geting in, slipped under them, and they were downed, without being able either to reach the shore or make themselves heard.

????? August 1877
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(By Irish Times Wire)

The funeral of Field-Marshal Sir George Pollock, Bart, G.C.B., Constable of the Tower, took place this afternoon at Westminster Abbey. Scarcely a year ago his predecessor in the high office of Constable of the Tower of London (Sir John Burgoyne) was interred within the walls of that citadel, and in a few weeks afterwards Sir George Pollock was appointed by Her Majesty to the vacant office, which he held until his death last week. Long before the appointed hour the North Transept of the Abbey and the space allotted to the public in the Nave were crowded with spectatrs, the majority of whom were in mouring, and the great west door not being opened, large crowds of persons, who were unable to gain admittance, gathered around the doors and entrance to Dean's Yard. The passage through the cloisters was reserved for ticket holders, a large number of whom took their places within the choir. More than an hour before the arrival of the funeral procession, the friends of the deceased assembled.....

...The sword and cocked hat of the deceased, carried on velvet cushion by his personal attendant.

The orders of the deceased, carried on velvet cushion by Major Handyside.

The deceased Field Marshal's Baton, carried on velvet cushion by Colonel Milman, Major of the Tower.

Three pall-bearers.

Lieutenant General Sir George Lawrence KCSI CB.

The coffin, borne by twelve soldiers of the Royal Artillery.

Major General Sir George Macgregor, KCB; Major General Sir Vincent Eyre, KCSI CB; Major General Sir James Brind, KCB; Sir John W Kaye, KCSI, late Royal Artillery, Lieutenant General Sir James Alexander, KCB.

Irish Times 17 Oct 1872.
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Admiral Sir Patrick Brind
The funeral service for Admiral Sir Patrick Brind took place uesterday at the church of St Michael and All Angels , Withyham. The Rev Raymond Lowe (representing the Chaplain of the Fleet) and Sir Harry Townend, who read the lesson, took part in the service among the large congregation were:

Lady Brind (widow), Sir John and Lady Hanson (son-in-law and daughter), Captain and Mrs Peter Dickens (son-in-law and step daughter), Colonel and Mrs V C Brind (brother and sister-in law), Mr Rupert Hanson (grandson), Mrs Maurice Brind, Mrs Simpson and Mrs Dixon (sisters-in-law), Brigadier Peter Brind, Lieutenants Roger Brind (also representing Colonel, R.M. Depot) Mr and Mrs F N Lund.

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Kingwell v Brind

In the action, which was heard yesterday, the plaintiff, Mr A. E Kingwell, a surveyor, of 7, Marlborough-hill,. Wealdstone, sought to recover a sum of £216 for professional work done for the defendant, Colonel W. H Brind. The defendant denied that the plaintiff had done the work claimed for, and he counter claimed a sum of £40 alleged to have been received by the plaintiff by way of secret commission from a road contractor employed by the defendant. He also said that under an agreement made between the parties the plaintiff undertook, in consideration of being appointed surveyor by the defendant that he would pay him a sum of £250, to be paid out of his professional fees as the accrued.

It appeared that the defendant, Colonel Brind, was owner of an estate of 52 acres at Camberley known as the Brind-park estate. H proposed to develop this estate and lay it out for building, and in 1897 he employed the plaintiff to act as his surveyor. A road contractor was also employed to lay out the roads. According to the plaintiff's case he did a considerable amount of work in preparing plans, constantly interviewing the defendant and performing other duties in connection with his employment, when a difficulty arose with the defendant and he was dismissed. He now claimed to recover a sum of £216 for the work he had done. He denied having received bribes from the road contractor but said he had received payment for extra work done for him. With regard to the agreement to pay £250 to the defendant in consideration of his appointment as a surveyor, his case was that no portion of the amount had become due, because according to the agreement the amount was to be paid "out of professional fees to be received from the builders, &c" That being so the defendant claimed to be entitled to set off any professional fees due to the plaintiff against this £250.
The document appeared to have been altered from its original state and the "or" had been added. The plaintiff denied he had made the alteration, and suggested that it had been done after the document got into Colonel Brind's hands. With regard to the sums counterclaimed as having been received azs bribes by the plaintiff from the road contractor, the contractor was called , and he stated that various sums amounting to £40 were extracted from him by the plaintiff, who declined except by these bribes to pay him over amounts due to him for his work, or let him have the local surveyor's certificate passing his roads. A good deal of evidence was called as to the payment of these alleged secret commissions, and an architect expressed an opinion that the plaintiff's charges for the work he had actually done were unreasonable.

The jury, in answer to questions left to them by the learned judge, found that with regard to the document referred to the word "or" had been added before it was given to Colonel Brind. they found a verdict for the plaintiff on the claim for £150 and for the defendant on the counter-claim for £40.

MR. JUSTICE DARLING reserved the question of set off raised by the agreement of the plaintiff to pay the £250.

this morning his LORDSHIP decided that under the agreement between the parties the defendant could not recover more than the amount earned as professional fees -- ie £150. He therefore entered judgment for the plaintiff for £150; and for the defendant for £150 and £40 on the counter-claim

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BRIND, Woollen-Draper, Man's Mercer, and Taylor
begs leave to inform his friends in particular and the public in general, that he has laid in a fresh assortment of the newest and most fashionable cloths and patterns of fancy waistcoats and breeches on the lowest terms, which will enable him to serve Gentlemen and Ladies at the following low prices for ready money. A plain suit of Superfine Cloth, best of materials and workmanship for 4l 10s (£4 50p).

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(Before Mr Justice Denman and a Common Jury
This was an action brought by the plaintiff under Lord Campbell's Act to recover compensation for the pecuniary loss sustained by him through the death of his wife, which as he alleged, had been caused by the negligence of a man in driving a horse and cab belonging to the defendant.

Mr Atherley Jones (with whom were Mr Addison QC and Mr W R M'Connell) appeared for the plaintiff; Mr Charles Hall, QC, was for the defendant.

The plaintiff is an artist's cabinet maker and said in his wife's lifetime they had earned £2 a week. On the night of March 25 last, which was described as having been unusually wet and boisterous, the plaintiff's wife, a woman between 50 and 60 years of age, was crossing Endell-street about 11 o clock, when she was knocked over by a hansom cab and received injuries from which she died very shortly afterwards. The case for the plaintiff was that the cabman had on the occasion in question been driving it at a fast pace, though, as a matter of fact, two of his witnesses swore the pace had been an ordinary one,; and one of them said that if the plaintiff's wife had, before she had begun to cross the road, looked round to her left she must have seen the cab and would not have attempted to cross until after the cab had passed,. The plaintiff stated that his wife had helped him in his business and that her assistance had been of the value of £1 a week to him. For the defence, which was that the accident had been wholly due to the negligence of the plaintiff;s wife, several witnesses were called-- among others, the driver of the cab and those who had taken the injured woman to the hospital. Nearly all the witnesses called who had given evidence at the inquest, gave evidence for the defendant to-day. The plaintiff, in his evidence, said that at the inquest a person had tapped him on the shoulder and said "I am watching the case for you." This person came from the offices of Messrs Micklethwaite and Co, who were then strangers to him, and were the solicitors on the record in the present action, but which as the plaintiff admitted had been really managed by Mr Lawrence Levy. It was stated that the writ in the action had been issued without any notice to the defendant, and that no application had previously been made to him for compensation to the plaintiff.

The hearing of the case lasted some hours and in the result the jury after deliberating for 20 minutes found for the defendant.

Judgment accordingly.

The Times, 4-7-1882
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In the Court of Common Pleas, on Tuesday, Mr Brind, formerly an Oficer in the Artillery, recovered 400l. damages from Mr. Finney, the Commander of the East India ship Victory. The plaintiff was a passenger on board the vessel in question, on his return to England in an ill state of health, and from the testimony of the witnesses it appeared tat the conduct of the defendant had been most insulting and brutal, and that he actually ordered the plaintiff into confinement.

Bell's Life in London and Sporting Chronicle, March 6, 1825
See also subsequent debtors court action.
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Thomas Dixie Finey, late commander of the East India ship Victory, was brought up on his petition to be discharged. He was opposed by Mr Alderson and Mr Cooke, on behalf of Lieut. Frederick Brind, of the Bengal Artillery, who had obtained a verdict against the insolvent to the amount of 400l. in an action for assault and false imprisonment during a voyage from Calcutta to England.

The insolvent was examined by Mr Cooke, touching his property in India; when it appeared that he had been agent on some indigo plantations in Bengal; that the capital requisite to establish him in that concern had been lent him by a house in Calcutta; that he gave security to the lenders by mortgaging his house, go downs, &c, and, upon finding the concern to be a losing one, he gave up the whole of his property to satisfy his creditors, and quitted Calcutta with only three trunks of baggage; that he came home in command of the Victory (which he accepted at three days' notice) and relinquished the command of that vessel and the profession altogether on his arrival in England.

Mr Alderson then called Lieutenant Brind, and was proceeding to examine him as to the circumstances of the affair which led to the action, when

Mr Pollock, for the insolvent, objected, alleging that the record would prove the fact of the verdict.

Mr Alderson observed that his intention was to oppose the insolvent's discharge, under the 18th section of the act for relief of insolvent debtors, which authorised the Court to remand the applicant for discharge for two years, if it should appear that he had incurred the verdict through a "malicious injury" offered to his creditor.

Mr Commissioner Bowen, after hearing arguments on both side, decided that in cases of seduction the amount f the verdict was a sufficient guide to the Court in its adjudication; but that in a case of assault and false imprisonment, the damages did not afford a sufficient index to the character of the transaction, so as to enable the Court to decide as to the extent of malice imputable to the party. He thought, therefore, that the witness should be heard.

Lieutenant Brind then deposed to the occurrences which led to the action in the Court of Common Please. He was a passenger on board the insolvent's ship, the sailing of which was greatly delayed. Soon after the vessel left Calcutta, the insolvent offered very insulting behaviour to him; and one one occasion attacked him whilst sitting on the poop, and nearly threw him from thence to the quarter deck' that next day he confined him to his cabin, which was damp and kept him there for five months. He deposed to several circumstances which indicated, in witness's opining, a malicious feeling on the past of the insolvent towards him.

The witness underwent a severe cross examination by Mr Pollock.

The testimony of Lieutenant Brind was corroborated in most particulars by Lieutenant Shaw, of the 44th Regiment Native Infantry.

Mr Alderson addressed the Court at some length, pressing the various points which showed the malice of the insolvent, arising apparently from a belief that Mr Brind had depreciated the character of the ship.

Mr Pollock after examining the insolvent (who put a different colour upon the disputes between Lieutenant Brind and himself than had been previously given) contended that the causes of the irritation were given by Mr Brind, and that the insolvent had merely exercised that degree of coercion which was essential to the maintenance of his authority amongst the crew.

The course was of opinion that the evidence was not sufficient to sustain the allegation of Mr Alderson, that the insolvent's conduct towards Mr Brind was a malicious injury within the meaning of the Act. It was not, however, to be allowed that persons in the situation of the insolvent should apply for their discharge so soon after a verdict had been obtained, otherwise the verdict of a jury would signify little. The court's order, therefore was, that the insolvent should be remanded under the 16th section of the Act, for six months and be confined within the walls of the prison.

The case occupied the court from its opening until half past three. The contrast between the mode of delivery of the insolvent and Mr Brind was remarkable. The latter spoke deliberately, and hesitated so long in answering the simplest questions, that the Court noticed the circumstances. The insolvent's volubility and rapidity of utterance defied all control
See also original damages action.

The Times, 5-7-1825
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George Hutchings, 27 Caldwell Road, Allerton, who did not appear, was fined 3s 6d; and the following householders were each fined 2s 6d for allowing the chjimneys of their dwelling house to be on fire: Jessie Brind, 33 York Street, Garston

See Jessie Rhoda (Murray)

Garston and Woolton Weekly News, 10 February 1933
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Death of Mr T Brind, of Aldbourne

We regret to announce the passing of another old inhabitant of this village, in the person of Mr Thomas Brind , who passed away quite suddenly on Monday morning. The deceased, who was in his 83rd year, was at work as late as Saturday last, and attended Divine service at the Primitive Methodist Church twice on Sunday. Mr Brind had been identified with the public life of Aldbourne for many years. For nearly half a century he was a Sunday school teacher and superintendent of the Primitive Methodist Sunday school. He was attached to the Aldbourne company of sheep shearers for 55 years, and for many years occupied the position of captain. He was also a member of the first Parish Council of the village, remained a (???????) for a number of years and occupied the position of Chairman. His other public officers were: Member of the School Managers, Trustee of the Primitive Methodist Church, and Secretary to the trust. In politics Mr Brind was a Liberal and for some time occupied the position of Chairman of the local Liberal Association. Up to and including the General Election of 1922, he was an active worker for the Liberal candidates in the division and since January, 1910, his rooms had been used as a committee rooms at each general election. Although taking an interest in and helping at the elections of 1923 and 1924, he left the more active work to younger members of the committee. Mr Brind, for a number of years, contracted for taking the mails from Aldbourne to Lambourn. He was also an ardent worker for the temperances cause, and on many occasions he has addressed meetings in connection with the local temperance organisations of the village. For the whole of his life Mr Brind was held in the highest esteem and regard by all who knew him in the village and in the wider district in which he ???? in the course of his long years of labour.

Deceased was twice married. His second wife died in June 1924. Altogether there were 14 children, of whom eleven survive. One son, Sergt. C Brind, was killed in the war. There are also 44 grand-children and 17 great grandchildren living.

The funeral took place on Thursday, the first part of the service being held in the Primitive Methodist Church, and conducted by the Rev W J Smart, superintendent of the Hungerford Circuit. The hymns sung were "Peace, perfect peace, "and Bonar's beautiful "He liveth long who liveth well," which was sung at the Sunday evening service, the day prior to Mr Brind's death and in which he joined heartily. During the service preceding the internment, the Rev W J Smart paid high tribute to the life and character of the brother who hd for so many years devoted his talents to the service of his church, whose example ??????????????????????.

Besides the immediate relatives, many of the prominent people of the village shewed their respect for the deceased and the family by attending the funeral rites, amongst whom were; Mr C Orchard, Mr J Orchard, Mr and Mrs H Sheppard, Mr and Mrs J Barnes, Mr O Hawkins, Mr W Sampson, Mr C Hawkins, Mr and Mrs J Alder, Mr and Mrs Cook, Mr and Mrs F C Barnes; Mr James Duck of Marlborough representing Mr E Macfadyen; Mr MacTaggart, representing Sit James and Lady Currie; and Mr A G Ford, representing the Devizes Division Liberal Association.

At the graveside the committal service was read by the Rev W J Smart, the Vicar, the Rev. P Jasper, also taking part. The floral tributes were numerous and very beautiful.

Unknown newspaper in 1927
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See FlickrAldbourne

A WEDDING- An interesting and pretty wedding took place at the Primitive Methodist Church (West Street) on Saturday, the contracting parties being Miss Kathleen Brind, fifth daughter of Mr and Mrs J Brind, of Aldbourne, and Mr W. E. Harle of Regents Park, London. The Rev W Turner, circuit minister, officiated at the ceremony which was attended by many friends and members of the congregation. The bride, who was given away by her father, was attired in an ivory satin gown of ankle length and carried a bouquet of white chrysanthemums. The chief bridesmaids were the Misses Joan and Molly Brind, sisters of the bride, who were dressed in flowered georgette and carried bouquest of white carnations. Master Derek Brind was groomsman and Master John Belcher, the bride's nephew, who was dressed in lemon satin was a page. Mr S H Head, a personal friend of the bridegroom, acted as best man. Between thirty and forty guests were afterwards entertained at a reception, held in the Primitive Methodist Schoolroom. After the reception the happy pair left for London. The presents were both numerous and useful.

Wiltshire newspaper?
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Brind's bliss


A Respondent Who Had Been in New Zealand

A businesslike young husband, James Percy Brind, sued his wife, Sarah Brind, formerly Gavin, for restitution of conjugal rights at the Divorce Court, Sydney (N.S.W.), recently, and narrated the funniest possible chapter of unrequited affection, stranger than fiction.

The parties, who originally came from o'er the water, Brind from London, and his bride from Newcastle-on-Tyne, were married by Rev P. J. Pond (Church of Christ) at Charles-street, Eskinville, on September 3, 1915. Brind said the witneses were strangers to him, they having been supplied at the rendezvous. Afterwards he discoverd that his wife had been married before to one Gavin who divorced her on the ground of desertion. However, he first met her in New Zealand, where he knew her as Miss Gavin. She did not wish her parents to know anything about her marriuage but gave him no reason for this silence. It was 7.30p.m. when the ceremony took place and on the return to the house


to her room, while he remained downstairs in his, and this kind of separation continued right to the last, though he paid her lodging money. She continued working declining to leave her billet, and spurning the money he offered her. Eventually she kicked up a row over some washing she had done for him, so he totted up the bill, £14 6s and paid her last October. Sometimes they attended a picture show to gether but still he never felt comfortable in the house and constantly urged her to leave with him and make a home, only to be put off with promise after promise deferred. In November, 1917, he commenced a suit for nullity, and it was only then that his Wife's relations heard they were married. This nullity suit was dismissed by consent. On December 25 of the same year, he quitted the house, leaving his wife behind, being obliged to do this because she declined to go with him. Harking back a bit, Brind said he discovered his wife to be twelve years older than she claimed to be on his married certificate, which set her down as 30, four years older than himself. However he loved her despite everything and believed that if she left her people and lived with him matters matrimonial would come right at once.

See this family.

Australian newspaper probably?
Cuttings Family history 1998 & earlier

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