|India House on Rotherhithe Street - great place for gossip and one of the places where Amelia's grandfather worked.|
They say Mrs. Parke excelled all former efforts on this occasion, both in the extent and variety of her Bill of Fare. “A spirit that walketh abroad unseen and unmolested” tells me that there were – 10 Hams, 12 Turkeys, 12 Tongues, 28 Ducks, 28 Fowls, 3 Rounds Beef (large), 6 Joints Lamb, 6 ditto Veal, 6 ditto Beef – these were roasted – 32 made dishes, 6 Raised Pies, 12 Tureens Mock Turtle Soup, 5 Giblets ditto, Game, 10 Dishes Vegetables, 3 Large Cake, and 1 Small ditto, Jelly Blancmange, Pastry, and Fruits of all descriptions. No wonder after such a dinner as this, that the floor should require sanding here and there in patches the next morning, and that with the vibration of the “hip, hip, hipping” the glass before the East India Company’s Rules and Regulations should be smashed into shivers. April 2nd, 1846 Sam Sly’s African Journal
|Anna Maria Kidson (1788-1843)|
|1846 Map of Singapore. SOURCE: Handbook to Singapore 1892 with my edits. In this format, the detail is hard to see, but Mrs. Clarke's house is mentioned in the top reference; next is Robert Scott's place; then, Capt. Dare's chandlery; and finally, Hurricane Hill where William G. Scott lived, and where - in a future generation - Winnifred Maud Allan was born.|
|Photo credit: Find-A-Grave|
Some of the research that made this post possible was first recorded sometime between 1859 and 1882. It seems to have been written for George Mildmay Dare (1840-1907), probably by his aunt Louisa Caroline Pell (1811-1882).
Then, in 1907, Amelia Lydia Dare – wife of Sir Thomas Jackson – exchanged letters with various cousins, as well as a hired researcher in order to verify what she could.
In the mid-1950s, her daughter, Amy Oliver Lloyd, picked up the torch and wrote down a history which was then passed on to me by her grandson, Pat Roberts.
Fifty years after Amelia Lydia Jackson added her insights, it is now my turn. Fortunately, I am assisted by a clutch of other researchers writing from New Zealand, Australia, USA, South Africa, England, the Canary Islands, and Canada – to name a few of the countries where far flung family members currently reside.
If you spot any errors, please let me know.
NOTE: References to the Marsden and the Masdeu are likely both referring to the same vessel, and the first name is most likely the correct one.