William Horsforde of Dorchester

This extract of the Last Will and Testament of William Horsforde of Dorchester was first published in Genealogical gleanings in England By Henry Fitz-Gilbert Waters, on behalf of the New England Historic Genealogical Society in 1885.

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100 Years of Dorset Scouting

Mike Greenham of the Weymouth Scouts and John Gage of the Dorchester Scouts are also preparing to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the movement in Weymouth, Portland and Dorchester. Troops were formed in 1909 just two years after the first Scouting movement began at Brownsea island near Poole.

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Dorset County Museum looking to expansion

An award-winning Dorset County Museum’s new director, Jon Murden, hopes to develop parts of its High West Street, Dorchester site to make more of the collections open to the public.

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Hailstorm hits West Dorset

On June 16, 1870 a severe hailstorm swept across West Dorset. The storm was described by Philip H Newnham, Rector of Frome Vauchurch in a letter to the Editor of the Meteorological Magazine.

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Romano-British Relics at Max Gate

The author, poet and architect, Thomas Hardy was a member of the Dorset Natural History and Antiquarian Field Club. During the construction of his home at Max Gate, Dorchester some Romano-British Relics were uncovered. At the Dorchester meeting of the club in 1884 the following report was read. For reasons unknown the report was omitted from the proceedings of that year and was finally published in Volume XI, 1890.

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Sir William Chapple, Judge (1677-1745)

This brief biography is taken from ‘A Catalogue of Notable Middle Templars: With Brief Biographical Notices’ by John Hutchinson and Published by Printed by Butterworth and Co. for the Honourable society of the Middle Temple in 1902

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Dorchester, Dorset 1872

The following description and brief history of Dorchester, Dorset, England is taken from ‘Black’s Guide to Dorsetshire’ By Adam and Charles Black Published in 1872

Dorchester is the county-town of Dorsetshire, and a parliamentary borough, returning two representatives (R. B. Sheridan, Esq., and Captain Street).

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Sir Robert Napier or Napper (c1632-1700)

This brief biography is taken from ‘A Catalogue of Notable Middle Templars: With Brief Biographical Notices’ by John Hutchinson and Published by Printed by Butterworth and Co. for the Honourable society of the Middle Temple in 1902

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Execution at Dorchester

The following report on the public executions of murderers Charles Fookes and Alfred Preedy at Dorchester, Dorset, England appeared in the Times on March 28, 1863.

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The Bankruptcy of Charles Shorto

Charles Shorto was a miller in the parish of Stratton, Dorset, England. As solicitor for Charles Shorto, Richard Nicholas Howard of Melcombe Regis, Dorset placed the following announcement in The London Gazette on November 21, 1876 under the Bankruptcy Act, 1869.

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