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Town Clerks of Dorchester 1629-2010

Transcribed by Michael Russell OPC for Dorchester August 2011


1629 - William DERBY [Note:- Town Clerk of Dorchester until 1648]

(1638) 1649 - Richard SCOVILE [SKOVILE] [Note:- The Municipal Records of Dorchester show that he was appointed Town Clerk, (presumably on a temporary basis) on 9th Nov 1638 until " Tuesday after Michaelmas next". He permanently took over on 16th June 1649 "in place of William DERBY deceased". Richard Scovell, son of John and Susannah (Bradstock) Scovell, was born about the year 1605, probably at Wichampton. He died at Broadmayne in 1678, will dated Aug. 20, 1678. He married Elizabeth, sister of Rev. Thomas Wheatley. Richard Scovell lived at Broadmayne, Weymouth, and Dorchester, of which city he was town clerk. He was a man of importance, property, and social distinction. Sources:- MRD & Homer Worthington Brainard. A survey of the Scovils or Scovills in England and America : seven hundred years of history and genealogy]

1656 - Joseph DERBIE [Note:- Son of William DERBY above]

1676 - Andrew LODER

1694 - Robert LODER

1711 - Robert COLSON

1722 - John COLSON

1723 - Robert COLSON

1724 - Walter CROWE

1727 - Laurence SNOOK

1728 - Walter CROWE

1741 - Robert LODER

1751 - George COOPER

1777 - George STICKLAND

1792 - George STICKLAND the younger

1815 - Nathaniel STICKLAND

1816 - George STICKLAND [Note:- Mr. George STICKLAND a Magistrate & Town Clerk of this Borough; of High W. Street in the parish of Holy Trinity; buried 16 Jan 1824; age 62 ]

1824 - Joseph STONE [Note:- Mr Joseph Stone (1797 -1853) was a Solicitor in Dorchester ]

1853 - Giles SYMONDS (nephew of Joseph Stone, m. Jane Stickland, d. of Charles Stickland)

1892 - Henry SYMONDS (son of Giles Symonds)

1899 - Arthur George SYMONDS (son of Giles & brother of Henry)

1908 - Henry SYMONDS

1911 - Arthur George SYMONDS (son of Giles & brother of Henry – served overseas 1914-1919)

1922 - J Adrian HANDS

1949 - F P LAKE-SYDENHAM

1971 - Reginald W BROOM

1974 - Ivor BEAVIS

1982 - Peter C PAGE

1987 - Dennis HOLMES


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