About Ed Pope History
Hello I am Ed Pope this is my site . (information for your delight, nothing for sale)
It is a dictionary of biographies of the forgotten.
(rescuing from obscurity interesting individuals and connections)
and part of a project towards the total mapping of the past.
There are currently entries for some 2000 people centred on (but not restricted to) London 1780-1810
Up till now this site has been mainly an appendix of notes to the Godwin Diary website (GD website), which will make more sense to you if you first visit that site <godwindiary.bodleian.ox.ac.uk> where my site is acknowledged on the home page. There are several thousand unidentified persons recorded, mostly just by surname, in the diary (1788-1836) of William Godwin. So far I've made an entry for each of these up to the end of 1805, and I hope to return and complete that work later. If your interest is in the Godwin Diary, the best way to use my site is to apply the filter for Godwin Diary, have the GD website on another tab and flick back and forth, and if you have access to the Dictionary of National Biography online, have that on a tab too. And see BACKGROUND ARTICLES: William Godwin, The Reveleys and the Jenningses.
I'm currently adding other datasets, you will be able to filter them in A-Z OF NAMES & ADDRESSES. (Select, then click APPLY). The datasets will be introduced in various BACKGROUND ARTICLES, but to run through them quickly, there are two other diaries (Bonney and Crabb Robinson) that intersect with the Godwin Diary. Then there are the Society for Constitutional Information, a club for gentleman radicals 1780-1794, for which full minutes and membership lists survive, and the London Corresponding Society, its equivalent for tradesmen. (For Swedenborgians see BACKGROUND ARTICLES: Swedenborgians). Artists & Engravers adds to what can be found in dictionaries of artists. Irish is not a separate set, but picks out Irish members of other sets. (For Mill Voters 1802 see BACKGROUND ARTICLES: Mill Voters 1802). Red Light District began as a study of the addresses given in Harris's List of Covent Garden Ladies and in records of prosecutions for 'disorderly houses' and 'houses of ill-fame' (brothels). It will be a complete record of all the inhabitants of streets where the middling class of prostitutes were concentrated, accessed by surnames (in Red Light District dataset) and by addresses (in London Addresses dataset). In all these cases I'm finding out stuff about people without reference to their "importance".
Some abbreviations & sources.
DNB - Dictionary of National Biography. I don't usually repeat information already available in DNB or on GD website, but I give the reference to DNB when referring to someone covered there. DNB is usually available in hardback and online at major public libraries.
1796 list - see GD website <godwindiary.bodleian.ox.ac.uk> - and my entry "the 1796 list" - the 1796 list is an important tool for identifying entries in Godwin's diary
adv - Godwin used this (short for Latin advenae) to mean people who happened to turn up somewhere
PCC - Prerogative Court of Canterbury. These wills are indexed online at <national archives.gov.uk> go to Records / Our online records / scroll down page to Wills & Probate / Wills 1384-1858 / scroll down page to search box. You can read the wills for £3.50 each or free if you go to the National Archives building at Kew or on Ancestry available in major public libraries (it can be hard to read legal scrawl)
Marriages: = means married, otp means of this parish, sp means spinster, bach means bachelor, wid means widow or widower; by lic means by license; wit or wits means witness or witnesses. Most London marriages in this period can be seen in original on Ancestry website, available for free at many public libraries and record offices. Originals are useful for identification as the witnesses are often family members or close friends, and the signatures of bride, groom & witnesses can clinch an identification where the name is common
Sun F means Sun Fire Insurance records, originals at Guildhall Library, but many can be found free online at <nationalarchives.gov.uk> go to Catalogues and Online Records, then Access to Archives / or go to London Lives website which covers different years. Both those searches cover lots of other records as well
SCI & LCS Society for Constitutional Information and London Corresponding Society, two radical societies suppressed by Pitt's government in the 1790s. The SCI was more for gentlemen and the LCS for tradesmen and artisans
Alum Ox & Alum Cantab the volumes which record all the students of Oxford & Cambridge universities. Short for Alumni Oxonienses & Alumni Cantabridgienses (Latin)
Abinger Go to Bodleian Library website> Finding Resources > Special Collections Catalogues > Online Catalogue of Western Manuscripts > Abinger, and you can read for free online in scanned originals lots of Godwin's correspondence which I refer to in this website
And see BACKGROUND ARTICLES: Research Tutorial
Searching this website
I recommend you click on A-Z of names and addresses above, filter if you wish for different datasets (select then click APPLY), and hone in on what you are looking for by clicking on the first letter of a surname on the "A(62) B(208)" line. Or you can enter a name or any string of text in the search box (if the search box is not on this page click on 'About this site' above) and you should get a list of results with named entries at the top, followed by entries where the name or word occurs in the full text. When searching for a person's name it is best to search by surname only (names are in the format Smith, John as in most biographical dictionaries). You could also search for a date as a text string, the format I'm using for dates in the text is 24.7.1795 or 8.11.1797 or22.12.1809 or 3.5.1762. I've added entries where Godwin has used a different spelling (as in Hey, see Hay) but where he has abridged the spelling (as in Thelwal for Thelwall), which he usually did, I have generally used the full spelling.