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Eccentric Inskip Names

I must have found a worthy contender for the prize of ‘most eccentric’ Inskip correggio_250names – unless anyone can find any stranger.

The gentleman concerned is Charles Inskipp#, born in Battle in 1807, who married the sensibly named Sarah Ann Baker in Westfield, near Battle in 1835.

Charles was a portrait painter, and by the 1841 census had moved to Lambeth, London, to practice his trade.  This was the age when photography was starting to challenge portraiture.

In 1836 the, again sensibly named, Emily was born in Sussex.  Followed by Harold in 1837 – possibly of Hastings fame.  But, then the fun started, in

1839 Napoleon Tristram Shandy Inskipp^ was born in Battle, then

1841Correggio Quinton Inskipp* was born in Lambeth, followed by

1844 Rembrandt Claude Inskipp  and last but not least

1848 Boadicea Mary Inskipp

Sadly, Napoleon and Rembrandt died as children.  Harold and Correggio became potters: Correggio was imprisoned in 1868 for stealing fixtures, married in 1872 and named one of his sons Freeland John Inskipp.   Boadicea was a housemaid before she married blacksmith, George Charles Weston.  Emily was an artist before her wedding to pianoforte maker, Thomas Beeching.

^ Tristram Shandy ,the novel by Sterne, was built around the thinking of people such as Swift and Locke – in the novel he ponders the effect of a name.

* Antonio di Pellegrino Allegri, who is known by “Correggio”, the name of his native Italian  town, was a High Renaissance master of illusion.  Picture is his Jupiter and Io 1532

# It is possible that Charles Inskipp was the ex metropolitan policeman who was arrested in Battle in December 1830, for inciting the populace to riot in support of Universal Suffrage.  A fellow convict was John Freeland.  I have only scant evidence and guessing is a dangerous game in family history; so it is a theory needing more investigation.


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medievaljpg I have always suspected that Inskip bowmen went to France with Henry V and that was a reason for their appearance in Sussex in the fifteenth century.  So,  Henry’s muster lists have always been on my list of documents to look at.

However, thanks to a collaboration between Dr Adrian Bell of the ICMA Centre and Professor Anne Curry of the University of Southampton, who have been building a database of medieval soldiers to challenge assumptions about the emergence of professional soldiery between 1369 and 1453, I now have confirmation that an Inskip archer did go to France with Henry V in 1415.

His name was Roger de Inskyp, and he served as an archer under a captain called Sir James Harrington, and commander Henry V.  In 1422 he is listed as a foot archer under captain John Harpeley at a garrison – where is not given.

In the Normandy garrison database for the years 1415 – 1453 there is listed two archers,  Roger and Richard Inskip,  both serving in 1429 and 1430 at the Rouen town plus bridge garrison,  under Lieutenant Richard Curson and Captain Richard Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick.

So was Roger one of the bowmen at Agincourt who raised the two fingered salute?  That and the background to both men is still to be established

(Information on soldiers has been taken from from the AHRC-funded ‘The Soldier in Later Medieval England Online Database’, http://www.medievalsoldier.org, August 2009)

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Yet again the odd way life works out amazes me. Coming back from holiday I had two emails about Inskips waiting for me. One was from a lady in Canada who was enquiring about some information I’d sent her. The other was from ebay alerting me to the sale of a sword belonging to Sydney Hope Inskip and given to him in 1917 by his father.

A little bit of digging proved this to be Sydney Hope Inskip who had died aged 22 at the Raid on Zeebrugge on the 23rd April 1918. He was a Lieutenant in the marines and had been given the sword by this father, Herbert Inskip, harbour master at Ramsgate, the year before. Sadly Herbert had died later in 1917 as well.

How nice, I thought if the sword and its sad story could be returned to the family. Herbert and his wife Gertrude, an Australian, had only had Sydney (who was born in Sydney, Australia) and he had not married – so there were no direct descendents. But I soon found that my Canadian lady correspondent was actually a first cousin once removed !!

I have no idea if she does want the sword, but I do hope it finds a home with its poignant provenance attached.

NB – The family are descendents of Harry Inskip born around 1809 in Old Warden, Bedfordshire and his wife Jane Albin from Spalding. Harry was a seed oil merchant and one time Mayor of Hertford.

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Sailing Ship

Terry Inskip, recently sent me a list of Inskip departures from these shores between 1890 and 1929. It is interesting to observe that at the height of the British Empire, the largest formal Empire the world has ever known (yes larger than the Romans!), that to travel abroad the passengers simply had recorded initial, surname, age, sex, year or departure, destination country and port of departure and arrival. Contrast this to the growing list of ‘biological’ data we are supposed to give to travel from the new Heathrow Terminal 5 to Manchester – let alone to destinations such as the USA.

Armed with this meagre data I tried to discover from census and other data I have who these Inskip travellers were. Some are emmigrants, some travellers, and some have ‘business’ abroad.

The earliest is Samuel Inskip, a blacksmith from Bedford who emigrated with his family to America. Then there is Walter Inskip and wife Florence Thurley from Bedford who went to live in Tanzania in the 1920’s.

Charles H and Mary Inskip from Shefford retired on a round the world voyage in 1928. Meanwhile Charles’ brother William, who was a bank director, appears to have a range of exotic locations including Chile, Argentina and Japan.

Major Percy Inskipp and brother Frank Warren Inskipp from Sussex are regular travellers to Africa, whilst Alfred T Inskip the rancher from Devon, regularly criss-crosses the Atlantic to Canada with his siblings.

But I’d love to know more about Alice Stott from Oldham, who married a John Inskip in 1893 and went to Boston in 1901 alone with her 4 very young children, Hannah, Arthur, James and John.

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