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    Default Rev Robert Platt 1795-1876

    I have posted this request elsewhere without success and now hoping for more luck.

    Robert Platt was born in Oxfordshire, died in Gloucestershire and lies buried in Bath. I have considerable information on his early ministry and am content with what I have up to his appointment to the chaplaincy of Follaton House, Totnes, in 1845. I am now looking for information on the later stages of life. Details on- line are sparse.

    In 1851 he was still at Totnes. In 1853 he was appointed a canon of Plymouth Cathedral. He was still "of Totnes". He is recorded as living in Lyme Regis in 1859 and by 1861 he had moved to Cannington, near Bridgwater, Somerset. In 1865 he was taking services at Holy Rood, Swindon and the rate records for the town in 1868/9 name him as "owner" (?) of properties in Swindon. 1871 he was living in Horcott, near Fairford, Gloucestershire. I am confident of his identification on census years as he was accompanied on each occasion by his housekeeper/servant. The other references are unsubstantiated assumptions.

    I am looking for help to fill in the gaps and create a more cohesive continuum. Can anyone suggest a useful source, on-line or elsewhere, where the detail I am looking for may be available.

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    Have you looked for obituaries? Not just in the area where he died, but at his last place as parish Minister.

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    I am trying to trace any obituaries in the Stoud area, where he died, and in Bath, where he was buried. So far, no luck.
    He would have been 80/81 when he died so possibly no longer active in the ministry. In 1871 he was living in Horcutt, near Fairford, Glos and I presume ministering to Cathlics in that area although I have evidence of that. I have not explored the possibility of any local reports in that area.

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    I was looking at your other thread about Jane Gill and wondered if there might be any clues in Robert Platt's will. The probate index doesn't mention her (but the will might if she'd been a longstanding housekeeper), but it gives more locations for him than you mention above: formerly of Falmouth; afterwards of Swindon; late of Shortwood in the parish of Hinton Bluett, Somerset; died at Prior Park, Bath. It's on the Find a Will site, proved in 1877.

    According to Wikipedia, Prior Park was at that date a Roman Catholic grammar school.

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    I am waiting for a copy of Robert's will and hope it might provide some useful information.

    Thank you for confirming the place of his death. I had incorrectly been working in the belief it was Shortwood, near Stroud, Glos.

    I think Prior Park was also the residence of the bishop.

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