A-Z of Entries


18.11.1795 Raby at Montagu's / 25.9.1805 adv Raby at Nicholson's

Rackett, Thomas

5.6.1808 dine at Knowles's, w. Fuseli, Jeffery & Racket
Thomas Rackett DNB 1755-1840. Dorset History Centre D/RAC/107 for his letters to Knowles 1809-1833

Rackstrow, Frances

F Rackstrow 9.10.1801 dines at Mitre, Oxford
Frances dau of Thomas & Ann Rackstrow bapt All Saints Oxford 1781. Her father Thomas was perhaps the Thomas Rackstrow will PCC 1814 of Hertford


13.2.1809 Raddon calls / 12.5.1809 again / 18.5.1809 again / 6.6.1809 again / 12.6.1809 again
Holdens Directory 1811: Robert Raddon plumber & glazier 25 Hatton Wall (will PCC 1844) / Capt W Raddon 5 Jamaica-row, Bermondsey / Mr William Raddon 22 Upper Eaton-st Pimlico. This last was the line engraver artist & entomologist William Raddon 1778-1848, friend of Fuseli. Married to Ann, 22 years his senior.

Rae, John

SOCIETY FOR CONSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION: John Rae of Bridge Court proposed member 19.10.1792 by Charles Sinclair 2nded John Balmanno. Withdrew 14.12.1792 after William Sturch put a motion to expel him.
John Rae Esq Angel Court, Throgmorton St, merchant SunFire 1777 / John Rae otp = St Geo Han S. q 23.2.1786 by lic Sarah Batte of St Marylebone / St Jas Chron 10.3.1789 Elizabeth & Anthony Macharg & John Rae merchants of Idol Lane, London bankrupt / John Rae, White Hart Row, Kennington Lane, baker SunFire 1791 / (none of the foregoing particularly likely to have been the SCI…

Rahl, Alexander Frederick

27.4.1792 at Henley's
see Henley, Isaac

Raikes, Thomas

Raikes 27.6.1788 at Robinson's
Identified probably wrongly in GD website as his brother Robert. Godwin met Raikes once at Robinson's on 27.6.1788 and 2 weeks later the 15 year old George Dyson and his 13 year old brother Abraham dined with Godwin. George Dyson referred to Thomas Raikes in a letter of 8.10.1810 (Nat Arch TS11/463) as "my highly respected old master" who had just lost his wife, as Thomas Raikes, Governor of the Bank of England, just had, which Dyson in South America had seen in a newspaper

Raimbach, Peter

see Poland Street 19 to 44 in London Addresses dataset
Peter Raimbach proprietor 38 Poland St Land Tax Redemption 1798 / SunFire 3.4.1798 Peter Raimbach, King St, Soho, also Poland St (glazier) / his son Abraham Raimbach engraver DNB 1776-1843, Peter Raimbach "came when a child to England" "married Martha Butler daughter of a Warwickshire farmer" / John Gabriel s of Peter & Martha Raimbach bapt 17.11.1772 Lambeth / Moses son of Peter Raimbach victualler of King St Soho appr 6.3.1794 to Richard West junior Citizen & Salter of London free 2.7.1801 bur 28.4.1839 from Bloomsbury…

Raine, Doctor

7.11.1792 Doctor Raine / 8.11.1792 / 9.11.1792 syringe / 10.11.1792 syringe / 12.11.1792 / 15.11.1792 (adv Agar) / 26.11.1792 / 19.6.1794 meet Raine
In the Godwin Diary website these entries are coded to Matthew Raine (a Doctor but not of medicine) though the editorial notes make it clear they do not think it can be him as the closeness of the 7 entries and the word syringe clearly suggest a medical intervention. But a medical doctor called Raine, Rain or Rayne doesn't seem to have existed. There were three surgeons, one named William Raine will PCC 1800 'who had resided many years…


Ramsay 7.3.1802 at Perry's
A common name but a  one-off in Godwin's diary, apart from Miss Ramsay in 1794 and a Ramsey in 1833. Guesswork might suggest a reporter like Spanky who was also at Perry's that day or some other Scottish connection of Perry's. There was a William Ramsay who was shorthand taker at the Old Bailey in 1801. William Ramsay was clerk in the secretary's office at East India House 1768-1794 and then served as secretary till 1813, William Ramsay junior was clerk in the same office from 1800 to 1816. William Ramsay wrote on the Solubility of Earths in Nicholson's…

Ramsay, Miss

at Newgate 30.7.1794 'adv Hart Street, miss Ramsay & Cook' / 4.8.1794 at Jennings' / 26.10.1794 again.
Possibly Margaret or Jane, the two unmarried daughters of James Ramsay DNB d.1789 slavery abolitionist. His eldest daughter Sarah married the Rev Richard Warde at Aylesford, Kent on 4.2.1790; Jane married Aretas Akers son of a West Indies merchant at St Geo Queen Sq on 19.3.1795; and Margaret was perhaps the person of that name who married George Burk at St Anne Soho 23.10.1796. Not a rare name, I found 7 other female Ramsays marrying in London 1795-1805, but the West Indian…


23.1.1810 call on Ramsbottom
Perhaps John Ramsbottom surgeon Paternoster-row (Holdens directory 1811)


29.3.1796 at Holcroft's


2.7.1796 Randal, American (on journey from Ipswich to Norwich) / 8.6.1798 Ellistons, Randalls & Langley sup with Godwin at Bath / 24.3.1800 call on Hoare adv Randall
Elizabeth Randall, Rundall or Rundell married Robert William Elliston DNB 1774-1831 at Bath on 1.6.1796, she died 1821 aged 46. According to an Ancestry user-submitted tree her parents were John Rundell and Lucy (nee Collins). Thomas Rundell surgeon of Bennett St Bath was sheriff of Bath 1784 and chief constable 1789 and died 1795, see Maria Eliza Rundell DNB 1745-1828. Mrs Randall of Bath subscribed (like other of…

Randall, Matthew

SOCIETY FOR CONSTITUTIONAL iNFORMATION: Matthew Randall of Fenchurch St proposed member 25.10.1782 by John Jebb 2nded Edward Bridgen, proposal withdrawn
Matthew Randall of Henstridge, Somerset clothier took appr 1746 (compare Thomas Ridgeway QV*) / Matthew Randall of St Giles i t Fields widow = Christchurch London 13.10.1758 Jane Cox sp otp / Matthew Randall free of Merchant Taylors Co 1759 took apprs 1761 and 1770, his son Matthew Randall born 1760 free of Merchant Taylors by patrimony 1791 / List of livery 1768 Matthew Randall, Lothbury / Matthew Randall Upholders Co Old Broad St…

Randolph, David Meade

address in flyleaf of Godwin's diary vol xv: David M Randolph 16 Francis-st, Golden-sq / 26.4.1809 call on Randolph / 27.04.1809 Randolph calls / 6.5.1809 call on Randolph (not seen) / 9.5.1809 Randolph calls (not seen) / 13.5.1809 Randolph calls (Hammersley) / 23.5.1809 Randolph calls / 15.7.1809 Randolph dines / 28.7.1809 Randolph calls / 7.9.1809 meet Randolph / 5.11.1811 call on Randolph / 8.9.1812 meet Randolph, news of Burr / 22.2.1814 meet Randolph
Godwin contacted four of the addresses in the flyleaf of his diary in the few days after Burr's departure, so they were clearly…


HCR diary 9.11.1825 Mrs Tom Gilbert died - Robinson not told - married dau of a first cousin
                   15.8.1827 saw Mrs Rankin who spoke with feeling about loss of her daughter Mrs Gilbert
                   18.3.1828 young Rolfe son of Mrs Rolfe my cousin formerly Lucy Crabb
Thomas Gilbert = St Mary Bocking Essex 14.9.1820 Elizabeth Rankin. Elizabeth Gilbert bur 14.9.1825 St Pancras age 25 from 12 Tottenham Place. Elizabeth Rankin born 14.10.1796 bapt 18.7.1700 at her father's house dau of William Rankin, farmer of Bocking, Essex and Elizabeth (Crabb) his wife…

Raper, Matthew

9.5.1790 Raper at Paradise's and 23.5.1790 there.
Matthew Raper of Wendover Dean, Bucks died 26.11.1826 in 88th year at his house in Wimpole St (newspapers) Fellow of Royal Society and vice-president of Antiquarian Society. His wife died 3.4.1824 aged 79. 1787 translated Grellman's History of the Gypsies. Listed as a merchant in Old Street in 1790/1 directories. In his will (PCC 1827) he mentioned his sisters Sarah and Jane and his cousins, and left legacies to Samuel Rogers the poet and his sister Sarah. Son of William R and heir to his uncle Matthew R (PCC 1779) who was a friend of…

Raphael, Samuel

see Poland Street 1 to 9 & 49 to 62 in London Addresses dataset
Samuel Raphael ratebooks 59 Poland St 1789-1805 / Samuel Raphael = St Martin in the Fields 12.4.1780 Frances Lusette / Sun Fire 1780 Godfried & Samuel Raphel taylors 4 Crown Court, Hog Lane (Bishopsgate?) / Samuel Raphael taylor Poland St bail for Ann Galerino charged with assault on Sarah Whale / Godfrey Raphael bur 18.2.1818 St James age 79

Raven, Aldridge

tea Raven's 15.7.1796. On 6.10.1803 (after Aldridge Raven's death) Godwin at Dalling noted "mrs Raven & Phillis at tea". On 4.5.1808 "dine at Mrs Raven's", and on 18.8.1809 at Ann Godwin's funeral "4 Ravens" and on 19.08.1809 "dine Raven's".
On 15.11.1768 at Foulsham, Norfolk, Aldridge Raven married Sarah Dunnet. According to Hull Godwin's letter (Abinger c.13 f74v), his wife was born 16.10.1769. For their marriage see Godwin, Philip Hull. Aldridge Raven was buried at Themelthorpe, Norfolk on 13.6.1803. One of Hull Godwin's children was christened Aldridge. Phillis Lois…