|Biographical and Reference - Roger Vaughan Look-up Service|
I am making available to you my library of Biographical Reference Books - some information on the following pages is free, and it costs nothing to ask if I have the information you want, if then you wish to have an entry sent to you there will be a small charge of £5 UK to cover my time (entries are typed, scanned or digitally photographed). The fee is put towards purchasing more reference books - for you to access.
Crockford's Clerical Directory Look-up Research Service Crockford's Clerical Directory Look-up Service for
1865, 1870s, 1880s, 1892, 1900s, 1908 (Church Directory), 1910, 1927, 1930, 1932, 1937(Church Directory), 1950, 1953, 1955, 1957, 1961, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1979, 1982 ... UK vicars and associated clergy abroad.
History of the Church Missionary Society Vol III (1873 - 1882) CMS 1873-1908
The History of the Universities' Mission to Central Africa UMCA 1860 to 1934
A History of the English Church in New Zealand by H.T. Purchas 1914. New Zealand (gives the church history 1805 to 1914)
The Catholic Directory for 1928 and 1938 look-up service
Find out where a priest was on those dates and all sort of other information.
If you just want the recent address of a Catholic priest in the British Isles, I may be able to help you.
Harrow School Registers 1801 - 1893 and 1885 - 1949, Search Page All the pupils, masters and prize winners. (Son of, who's class, often two lines on their life, and the person and address of whoever submitted the entry - usually the subject himself or close family)
Eton School Lists 1791-1850 and 1853-1892 (by school class, every three years with additions for those between, often says who they were in three short lines, career and often death)
Eton Search Page
Eton Sample entries
Cheltenham College Register, full entries for 1919 - 1951, with additions and corrections for 1841 - 1919. Also a simple index of all the boys attending between 1841 - 1951 with date of entry. The full entries for 1841 - 1919 are not here, but can be found in other works.
Cheltenham College Search Page
Cheltenham Sample entries 1920
The Malvern Register 1865 - 1904 and The Malvern College Register (Third Supplement) 1977 (1894-1909 very few entries - but complete between 1910 - 1977). Gives names and something about all the boys who attended Malvern, the earlier book has more detailed entries, the later cut down to save space.
Malvern College Register Sample entries
Clifton College Register, 1862 to 1947, Bristol, UK. A total of 12608 entries for boys, plus masters and an index. The book lists all the boys, masters and teams by year. The entries for the boys includes: birth date, career with dates and death date (where known)
Clifton Search Page
Clifton Sample entries
Charterhouse Register, Godalming, UK (1872 - 1931). Two volumes with entries for boys, plus masters, scolarships, sport and an index. The book lists all the boys and teams by year. The entries for the boys includes: birth date, son of, career with dates, marriage, and death date (where known)
Charterhouse Sample entries
A History of the Bristol Grammar School, UK. by Walter Adam Sampson, 1912. No schoolboys listed here but the masters are - and many other things - the books index is listed on the next page to allow you to find the person you are interested in.
Bristol Grammar School
Radley Register, (St. Peter's College, Radley) 1847 to 1933, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK. 436 pages of entries for boys, plus masters and an index, a list of 218 Old Radleians killed in the War (WW1). The entries for the boys includes: birth date, career with dates and death date (where known), Assistant Masters, Fellows, and Athletic record.
Radley Search Page
Radley Sample entries
Who's Who in the Theatre, 1930, has many of the actress featured on postcards.
Who's Who in the Theatre, 1961.
Who's Who in the Theatre, 1952.
A huge book (2069 pages) listing all those who were in the theatre and still living in 1952, each has a 3/4 page biography and includes many who were born as far back as the 1870s. There are lists of London Playbills (what was where and who and when) July 1946 to December 1950. A list of Auto - biographies. Hereditary Theatrical Families (family trees). Notable Productions and Important Revivals of the London Stage from the earliest times to Dec 1950. Long Runs on the London Stage - over 100 performances with number and date. London Stage dimensions 1951. Long Runs on the New York Stage. Theatrical and Musical Obituary gives name, description (Actress) date of death and age. Theatrical Wills (name, description, age and amount of will). Plans of the Principal London Theatres as of 1952. - Ask Roger Vaughan if you want to look up someone or something.
Who's Who in the Theatre Sample entries
The Play Pictorial edited by B.W. Findon, monthly, April 1932 to Oct 1934. Includes printed photographs of actors and actresses for selected plays each month including: While Parents Sleep, I Lived with You, Pleasure Cruise, Casanova, Tell Her The Truth, Orders are Orders, Behold we Live, Words and Music, Wild Violets, Where the Rainbow Ends, Fresh Fields, Mother of Pearl, Jolly Roger, Ten Minute Alibi, He Wanted Adventure, Music in the Air, Proscenium, The Late Christopher Bean, Ball at the Savoy, Nice Goings On, Escape Me Never, Reunion in Vienna, The Golden Toy, Sporting Love, Joie de Paris, The Wind and the Rain, Queen of Scots, Happy Week-end, Living Dangerously, Touch Wood, Clive of India, The Country Wife, Pursuit of Happiness, The Private Road, Sixteen, The Shining Hour, Merrie England, Murder in Mayfair, Family Affairs, Sweet Aloes, Hamlet at the New Theatre - John Gielgud, Hi - Diddile - Diddile, Lucky Break at Strand Oct 34, Theatre Royal at the Lyric, Hyde Park Corner at Apollo, Mary Read - Flora Robson, The Bing Boys are Here, The Greeks Had a Word for It, The Windmill Revudeville - some images could be scanned.
The Royal Navy, A History, by Wm. Laird Clowes. Vol. VII, 1903 (covers 1857 to 1901).
This large book has all sorts of useful lists for the naval historian: (page 85: Officers who held the principal commands at home and abroad from 1857 to 1901(with dates) Portsmouth, Devonport, The Nore, The Mediterranean, North America and West Indies, The Pacific, East Indies and China, China, East Indies, Channel Squadron, Australia, Cape of Good Hope and West Coast of Africa.
(page 596) List of Flag-Officers Promoted 1857 - 1901(active list only). A useful list giving dates born, date of rank, retirement date, death date (where known).
Also a list of H.M. ships taken, destroyed, burnt, foundered or wrecked, end of 1856 to 22nd January 1901 (year, month day lost, Ship, guns, HPI, Commander (and if lost his life), remarks. plus some additional notes - where many perished - and names.
The book has an index of some 5000 names and places that relate to the Royal Naval military history section of the book. There are hundreds of illustrations, some full page: H.M.S. Black Prince, 1861; Armour of British Ironclads 1859-73 and 1874 - 94; H.M.S. Glory, 1899; H.M.S. Viper, 1900; H.M.S Polyphemus, 1881; H.M.S. Vulcan, 1889; ..... there are quite a few signatures, a few portraits and the odd map.
Admiralty Officials Lists of : First Lords of the Admiralty, Secretaries of the Admiralty, Permanent Secretary, Surveyor, Controller, ... Superintendents of Dockyards (name and date) : Chatham, Portsmouth, Devonport, Deptford, Sheerness, Pembroke, Gibralter, Malta.
Most of those named were persons of rank, ordinary seamen are not mentioned unless they are referred to in some naval action.
Send me a name and possible date or action and I will check the index for you - Please note that I am not a Naval Historian
Sample entries: Royal Navy Flag Officers List
The New House of Commons with Biographical Notices of its Members, and of Nominated Candidates, 1886. London.
Covers: England, Wales, Scoltand and Ireland. Gives 10 lines plus on everyone who attempted to be elected M.P.
The Mirror of Parliament, edited by John Henry Barrow, Second Series, Vol 1 (Nov 15 1837 - Dec 15th 1837) (pages 1 - 816); Vol. 111 (Feb 9th 1838 - March 7th 1838] (pages 1696 - 2530); Vol V. (July 3rd 1839 - July 26th 1839) (pages 3553-4400). These are reports of what was said and who said what in parliament. [A rival to Hansard at the time] I only have the three volumes, the whole set must be vast! Articles during February to March 1838 Vol III, include: Glasgow Cotton Spinners, Poor Relief (Ireland) (several entries), Sliogo Borough Election, Custody of Infants Bill, The Ballot, Slavery, Poor Laws (England), Baron De Bode, Poor Relief (Ireland), Breach of Privilege, Miss Newman, Promotion in the Royal Marines, Roman Catholic Oaths, Slave Vessels, Union Workhouses, County Courts, Privilege (Brougham), Greenwich Hosptial, Navy Estimates, Colonial Secretary (Sir William Molesworth). [articles may be photocopied and posted).
Sample entry page, Brougham on Slavery 20th February 1838
Peerage and Landed Gentry etc.
Burke's Peerage [no date] but 1840s. (The standard work but quite early so finds families lost in later volumes)
Burke's Dictionary of the Landed Gentry 1848 (3 vols. well indexed for every mentioned name) gives the entire family history - includes all those families who were landed but not titled - very useful volumes much sought after!
Burke's Peerage 1896
Debrett's Peerage of England, Scotland & Ireland 1802. (Vol 1 only) [English Barons, Dukes, Viscounts, Earls and Marquises] includes a section on Debrett's Arms of the Peers, Peeresses &c. of England, Scotland and Ireland [English: Royal Blood, Dukes, Earls, Viscounts, Barons, Peeresses, Archbishops, and Bishops
Debrett's Baronetage, Knightage. & Companion. Illustrated. 1896 (includes crests)
The County Families of the United Kingdom 1890 Search Page by Edward Walford. The titled and untitled aristocracy of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. (Birth, educated, marriage, work and address for a single person, not a family history.)
Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage 1852
The Rank and Talent of the Time. 1861
Men of the Time 1879 (biographies of living persons of eminent characters of both sexes, 1070 pages)
Gloucestershire Biographical Notes, John Stratford. 1887
The Biographical Treasury, A Dictionary of Universal Biography by Samuel Maunder. 1887. (Historical characters)
Whitaker's Titled Persons 1899
Whitaker's Peerage 1908
Cooper's Biographic Dictionary 1873
[Trade] Directory of Lancaster 1825 (Manchester, Salford, Preston, Rochdale, Blackburn, Wigan, Stockport .....). Everything about Manchester, an A-Z by surname of people in trades (ref p156 - 228) also gives the names of the inhabitants (one person per house) of the principal streets of Manchester, Salford Etc. in street directory order (ref page 349 -378) a mini census! Special Constable (residence) is marked and Fire Plugs (whatever they were). For the hundreds of small villages around in Lancaster - just the gentlemen and trades, schoolmasters etc. are given. Also coaches, carriers, addresses of courts - just vast!
Slater's [Trade] Directory of Glos., Heref., Monmouth, Shropshire & S.Wales. 1868. (large book, by town, not indexed so manual search).
The Magazine of Natural History and Journal, Conducted by J.C. Loudon, FLS GS & c. (Vol II 1829) (Vol III, 1830) (Vol IV, 1831) (Vol V 1832) (Vol VI 1833) (Vol IX 1836). Entries may be photocopied and posted.
A set of the Penny Cyclopedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. (1833-1843) 26 Volumes, (only U-W is missing). All sorts of useful information, biographical, historical, Geographical, botanical, biological, geological, arranged A-Z.
Who's Who 1926, 1930, 1956, 1972, 1981, and other versions.
Who Was Who 1897 - 1915 (those in Who's Who that died during that period)
The International Who's Who 1964-65
Dominions Office and Colonial
The Dominions Office and Colonial List, 1934 and 1937
Biographical entries (about 4000 entries in each book) of the Public Services of Officers of the Several Dominion or Colonial Governments and other persons connected with the Dominions or Colonies) (also gives place and who did what ie. Jamaica Constabulary, Inspector-General, Owen F. Wright, 900 L (L= £) and Quarters.... 2nd Class Clerk, Miss E. Brown (180 L to 300 L) Note: they did not rate an entry in the biographical section - so they are in addition to the 4000 entries above
Also history and maps and production.
Area Covered includes: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Southern Rhodesia, British Guiana, British Honduras, Ceylon, Cyprus, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Gibraltar, The Gold Coast, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, Kenya Colony and Protectorate, Leeward Islands, Leeward Islands: Antigua : St Christopher and Nevis : Dominica : Montserrat : Virgin Islands, Malaya: Federated Malay States, Malta, Mauritius, Nigeria, Northern Rhodesia, Nyasaland Protectorate, Palestine, St. Helena, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somaliland Protectorate, Tanganyika Territory, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Western Pacific (The Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony, Solomon Islands, The New Hebrides, Pitcairn) Windward Islands, Zanzibar, North Borneo, Sarawak, Trans-Jordan, Miscellaneous: Aden, ...
Lists people and what paid, by Department for the above (varies) : Audit, Post Office, Wireless, Legal, Medical, Educational, Police and Prisons, Stock, Port and Marine, Scientific, Military, Ecclesiastical, Foreign Consuls, Survey, Transport, Public Works, Geological Survey, Forestry, Treasury, Veterinary, Magistrates, Excise, etc.
List of Honours: Order of the British Empire: Officers : Members, Knights Bachelors, Imperial Service Order, ...
[all place names and posts are those in use in the 1930s]
The General Gazetteer... of the Known World. R. Brookes 14th edition. 1809. (thick volume, worldwide)
The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales, 4 volumes. 1843. [packed with information, pop. descriptions, Tithes, vicarage...]
The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, Ed. J.H.F.Brabner. 1894. 6 volumes. [pop. description, railway, acreage, history]
The Survey Gazetteer of the British Isles, John Bartholomew, 1904 and 1950.
The British Imperial Calendar for 1811. B.P.Capper.
[Diary, Fixed and moveable fairs, Peers, Barons, M.Ps, Baronets, Privy Council, Prince of Wales Household, The Royal Navy: Ships, Admirals, Commanders... Royal Marines, Army : The General and Field Officers, Regts. Colonels, Lieut-Cols. Majors, Agents for the Infantry, King's german Legion, Militia, Garrisons, Commissariat Depts, Navy Offices, Dock Yards, War Office, Paymaster General, Prisoners of War (dept). Stamp Office, City Officers, Sewers, Bank of England, Law, Universities, County Bankers, Post Towns ........... [usually gives the name of a person in post for each section of all these - no ordinary sailors or soldiers - only the officers]
The British Almanac of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge for the years:
[1830, 1832, 1844, 1847, 1848, 1849, 1850, 1851, 1852, 1853, 1854, 1855, 1856, 1857, 1858, 1860.
[list of MPs, Diary, Education (lists), Excise, Stamp Table, Assurance, Insurance, Exhibitions, Foreign Ministers, Mail Coach routes and times, Judges and Circuits....all sorts of useful information often naming persons occupying the post.- types of information recorded varies over the 30 years]
Other books include: Canadian Biography period covered 1850s, American Biography, Universal Biography etc.
Some information can be scanned, digitally photographed and sent via email some may need to be typed.
I prefer a cheque drawn on a UK Bank or any major currency notes (easily changed here) please ask for an address in your email
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