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William Douglass Boycott

Male 1864 - 1932  (67 years)



  • Name William Douglass Boycott  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Known as "Douglass" 
    Birth 10 Oct 1864  Aldeby Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 5, 8, 9
    • Son of Arthur William Boycott, born Burgh St Peter abt 1831, perpetual curate of Aldeby, death reg Loddon 3Q1865
    Residence Apr 1871  Burgh St Peter Find all individuals with events at this location ; with grandfather William Boycott and widowed mother Isabella Charity Boycott  [2
    Education abt 1877 - 1882  Rugby School Find all individuals with events at this location   [9
    Education 1884 - 1887  Selwyn College, Cambridge Find all individuals with events at this location   [9, 10
    Degree/Qualif. 1887  Cambridge University Find all individuals with events at this location ; BA  [9, 10
    Occupation 1887 - 1889  St Peter, Jarrow Find all individuals with events at this location ; Curate  [10
    • Durham: Deacons: William Douglass Boycott, of Selwyn College, Cambridge, B.A., to St. Peter's, Jarrow. [The Times, 20 Dec 1887]
    Marriage abt Aug 1887  Wayland district Find all individuals with events at this location   [3, 11
    Alice Margaretta Godfrey,   b. abt Feb 1860, Stow Bedon Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jun 1949, St Margarets, Acle Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Ordination 1888  Durham Find all individuals with events at this location ; Priest, Church of England  [9, 10
    Occupation 1889 - 1899  St Mary the Virgin, Burgh St Peter Find all individuals with events at this location ; Rector  [10
    St Mary the Virgin, Burgh St Peter
    St Mary the Virgin, Burgh St Peter
    William Douglass Boycott, Rector, 1889-1899
    Occupation Apr 1891  St Mary the Virgin, Burgh St Peter Find all individuals with events at this location ; Rector  [4
    Residence Apr 1891  Beccles Rd, Burgh St Peter Find all individuals with events at this location   [4
    Occupation 1899 - 1902  St Mary & St Thomas of Canterbury, Wymondham Find all individuals with events at this location ; Curate  [10
    St Mary & St Thomas of Canterbury - Wymondham Abbey
    St Mary & St Thomas of Canterbury - Wymondham Abbey
    William Douglass Boycott, Curate, 1899-1902
    Occupation Mar 1901  Clergyman  [5, 7
    Residence Mar 1901  Market St, Wymondham Find all individuals with events at this location   [5
    Occupation 1902 - 1932  St Margaret, Upton, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location ; Vicar  [9, 10
    St Margaret, Upton
    St Margaret, Upton
    William Douglass Boycott, Vicar, 1902-1932
    Occupation Apr 1911  Upton, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location ; Clergyman, Church of England  [6
    Residence Apr 1911  Vicarage, Upton, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location   [6
    Residence 1932  Vicarage, Upton, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location   [12, 13, 14
    Death 09 Feb 1932  Mundesley Sanatorium Find all individuals with events at this location ; Cause: Tuberculosis - presumed  [8, 13, 14
    • On Feb. 9, 1932, at Mundesley Sanatorium, William Douglass Boycott, Priest, Vicar of Upton, Norfolk, Rector of Fishley, formerly Rector of Burgh St Peter, aged 67. [The Times, 11 Feb 1932]
    Probate 15 Apr 1932  Norwich Find all individuals with events at this location ; 2,371 5s. 1d.  [14
    • Boycott the reverend William Douglass of The Vicarage Upton Norfolk clerk died 9 February 1932 at the Mundesley Sanatorium Gimingham Norfolk Administration (with Will) Norwich 15 April to Alice Margaretta Boycott widow. Effects 2371 5s. 1d. [NPC]
    Notes 
    • Boycott, William Douglass - Selwyn College Cambridge, BA 1887. D. 1887, P. 1888, Adel. for Durham. Curate of Jarrow 1887-89; Rector of Burgh St Peter 1889-99; Curate of Wymondham 1899-1902; Seq. of Hemblington 1902-03; Vicar of Upton with Fishley, Dio. Nor. from 1902. Address: Upton Vicarage, Norfolk [Crockfords Clerical Directory 1932]
    • Boycott, William Douglass: Adm. at Selwyn H. Oct. 10, 1884. [S. of Arthur William (1849), clerk; for whom see sub Boycatt.] B. Nov. 27, 1864. [School, Rugby.] Matric. Michs. 1884; B.A. 1887. Ord. deacon (Durham) 1887; priest (Adelaide for Durham) 1888; C. of Jarrow, 1887-9. R. of Burgh St Peter's, Norfolk, 1889-99. C. of Wymondham, 1899-1902. V. of Upton and Fishley, 1902-32; rebuilt the tower of the Church. Married and had issue. Died Feb. 9, 1932, aged 67. (Rugby Sch. Reg.; Crockford; The Times, Feb. 11, 1932.) [Cambridge University Alumni]
    • The 18th century was a time of low congregations, and the family at the Big House could pretty much run the church their own way, if they had a mind to.
      The Boycotts of Burgh did. As patrons, they presented their own sons to the living for nearly two hundred years - that is to say, the Boycotts not only owned the place, they ministered to it as well. They made themselves responsible for the repair of the building, which was in rather bad shape by the late 18th century. As was common for the local gentry, they saw the parish church as their mausoleum, but rather than fill the building with elaborate tombs, they built an extraordinary structure onto the base of the ruined tower, thus killing two birds with one stone.
      The Boycott mausoleum was the work of Samuel Boycott, who in 1793 obtained a faculty to repair and build up the steeple which has long been in a ruinous condition. Can't have been much arguing with that in the Bishop's office, but you wonder if he submitted plans along with it. Probably, there never was a tower. The base is very late medieval, probably early 16th century, and it is likely the tower was never completed before the Reformation intervened.
      And so, Boycott's folly went up. The little church guide says that it is supposedly based on a church which Samuel's son saw on the Grand Tour in Italy, but observes that it has more in common with the ziggerat temples of Iraq.
      Beyond, the full length of nave and chancel are thatched, probably from the reed beds that extend across to Suffolk to the east of the church. It is relatively new, the previous roof having been destroyed by fire as recently as 1998.
      Inside, all is fairly typical of a high church 1880 restoration, retaining the medieval font with its typically local peasant heads, and, fortunately, the extraordinary pulpit of 1811, again the gift of the Boycotts, emblazoned with their memorial plates in brass. The Marian dedication of the church was probably a result of 19th century enthusiasms. The screen is 20th century. Of more interest are the decalogue boards, once at the east end but now suspended against the west wall - they are huge. ... but ooh! There's the pulpit!
      Not all the Boycotts became Rectors. Samuel's grandson Charles did not follow his older brother into the ministry, but ended up as a land agent on a vast estate in County Mayo, in Ireland. In the agricultural depression of the1880s, he attempted to enforce rent rises on behalf of the absentee landlord. He became the test case of the Parnellite Land League's attempt to fight such rises. He was shunned by everone in the parish - when his carriage drove by, the people turned their backs on it. Servants refused to work for him. Shops refused to supply him with goods. Nobody spoke to either him or his family for more than a year.
      Because of the success of the campaign, Absentee landlords refrained from imposing rent rises, and, filled with new confidence, rural support avalanched to republican candidates. Within twenty years, Sinn Fein would be the largest single party in Ireland.
      Boycott returned to Burgh a broken man, having already given his name as a new word to the English language. He died here in Burgh, and his simple grave is just to the east of the church, a gentle reminder of the excesses of English colonialism, and more than a footnote in Irish history.
      [(c) Simon Knott Norfolk Churches, reproduced with thanks]
    Person ID I0091  Tatham | Meaburn branch | Parent of spouse
    Last Modified 04 Nov 2013 

    Family Alice Margaretta Godfrey,   b. abt Feb 1860, Stow Bedon Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jun 1949, St Margarets, Acle Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 89 years) 
    Marriage abt Aug 1887  Wayland district Find all individuals with events at this location   [3, 11
    Notes 
    • 2 children resid Apr 1891: Arthur G, 2 b Jarrow; Charles B D, 1 -do-.
    • 2 children resid in 1901 & 1911 census: Douglass, Margaret/Charity
    • 5 children, 3 alive in Apr 1911:
      - Arthur Godfrey, 1888-1951;
      - Charles Blacker D, 1890-1904;
      - Douglass Luke Halcomb, 1892-1973;
      - Francis Race, 1892-1892;
      - Margaret Charity, 1895-1961;
    Children 
    +1. Margaret Charity Boycott,   b. abt May 1895, Burgh St Peter Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1961, North Walsham Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years)
    Last Modified 13 May 2013 
    Family ID F0039  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 10 Oct 1864 - Aldeby Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - with grandfather William Boycott and widowed mother Isabella Charity Boycott - Apr 1871 - Burgh St Peter Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - abt 1877 - 1882 - Rugby School Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - 1884 - 1887 - Selwyn College, Cambridge Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDegree/Qualif. - BA - 1887 - Cambridge University Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Curate - 1887 - 1889 - St Peter, Jarrow Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - < - abt Aug 1887 - Wayland district Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - abt Aug 1887 - Wayland district Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOrdination - Priest, Church of England - 1888 - Durham Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Rector - 1889 - 1899 - St Mary the Virgin, Burgh St Peter Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Rector - Apr 1891 - St Mary the Virgin, Burgh St Peter Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1891 - Beccles Rd, Burgh St Peter Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Curate - 1899 - 1902 - St Mary & St Thomas of Canterbury, Wymondham Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Mar 1901 - Market St, Wymondham Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Vicar - 1902 - 1932 - St Margaret, Upton, Norfolk Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Clergyman, Church of England - Apr 1911 - Upton, Norfolk Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1911 - Vicarage, Upton, Norfolk Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1932 - Vicarage, Upton, Norfolk Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - Cause: Tuberculosis - presumed - 09 Feb 1932 - Mundesley Sanatorium Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - 2,371 5s. 1d. - 15 Apr 1932 - Norwich Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S02] BMD Index, birth reg Loddon, 4Q1864.

    2. [S01] Census, UK, 1871.

    3. [S02] BMD Index, marriage reg Wayland, 3Q1887.

    4. [S01] Census, UK, 1891.
      age 26 b Aldeby

    5. [S01] Census, UK, 1901.
      age 36

    6. [S01] Census, UK, 1911.
      age 46 b Aldeby

    7. [S04] H Curtis: Notes for a Pedigree of the Tathams of Co. Durham.

    8. [S02] BMD Index, death reg Erpingham, 1Q1932.
      age 67

    9. [S15] Cambridge University Alumni.

    10. [S16] Crockford's Clerical Directory, 1932.

    11. [S01] Census, UK, 1911.
      marr 23 yrs

    12. [S16] Crockford's Clerical Directory.

    13. [S05] The Times, death notice, 11 Feb 1932.

    14. [S14] National Probate Calendar.