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.

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

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…

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…

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…

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…


Rawlins adv at dinner 4.3.1804 (& miss Walsh)

Quite a common name, perhaps a connection of the Napier (qv) family as miss Walsh (qv) was


Rawlinson 15.6.1803 at Joseph Johnson's

All these just possibles. James Rawlinson of Derby wrote in Nicholson's Journal 1805 re painters colours, James Rawlinson c1769-1848 pupil of George Romney ?from Matlock (see Farington's diary). Sir Walter Rawlinson Hist of Parl 1734-1805 had a town house at Devonshire Pl in 1800, his will PCC 1805. Dr John Rawlinson MD of Combe, Hants still alive 1793, can't find his death date yet. His son John Rawlinson 1778-1847 (in Christopher Rawlinson DNB 1806 - 1888) was an enthusiast of the Pitt Club and became magistrate of Marylebone police court.…

Raymond, James Grant

Raymond 27.2.1805 at Philips' / 31.8.1806 Raymonds at Philips' / 19.2.1807 Raymond at Philips' / 19.3.1807 again / 16.12.1807 Raymond adv at theatre / 11.3.1817 meet Raymond

James Grant Raymond 1768-1817 (Highfill, Burnim & Langhans). His The Harp of Erin 1807 was printed for Richard Phillips. He died 24.10.1817. He married Frances Hannah Carmichael in Dublin in 1792 her will PCC 1834 widow of Hammersmith


Raynal at Joyce's 16.1.1806 / adv. at Joyce's 17.2.1806

Godwin noted reading works by Raynal several times between 1791 and 1832. This was the Abbé Raynal 1713-1796. Joyce's visitor may have been an emigré relative of his. The French Biographical Index lists four other Raynals who were alive in 1806 but in the texts referred to by the index I could find no sign that they had gone to England. Francois Raynal 1726-1810 religious and orientalist / Jean Raynal 1723-1807 historian / Pierre Raynal 1755-1833 schoolmaster / Pierre Raynal 1768-1849 schoolmaster


at Rayner's 14.3.1804 meet mrs Dallas & mrs T West, with M(ary) J(ane)

To meet the deserted wife of Thomas West (who had eloped with Godwin's niece Harriet) and her mother Mrs Dallas must have been a delicate social situation and it is not surprising that Godwin took his wife with him and met them on neutral ground. Thomas Rayner victualler of Bloomsbury will PCC 1812 may be relevant. Also W H Rayner whose novel Virtue and Vice was published 1805 for W Thiselton of the circulating library, Goodge St, Fitzroy Sq. A William Hemurs Rayner was made a captain in the St Pancras…