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 Kindly sent in by Sandy

The baptism of a gypsy child, recorded in Arborfield parish, 18 January 1889 (document ref. D/P6/1/5), contains an interesting note by the Incumbent (Revd.

John Jones), on the reason for performing the baptism in his parish.The child, James, son of William and Emily Smith (father described as a “Gypsy Pedler”), was baptised because:“Emily Smith said she was on her way from the encampment near the Duke of Wellington’s Monument Stratfield Saye to Bristol her infant was ill of bronchitis & she said the doctor of Swallowfield had told her to get it baptised”.


Kindly sent in by  Julie Grisman GYPSIES

Bedfordshire Parish Register Series *BPRS Vol. 18, B70

18 Apr 1682 Burial of Jane Lee "a traveller called a gipsey" Flitton with Silsoe

BPRS Vol. 33, A12 "Mrs. Herne a Gypsey Queen  6 Jn 1691 20th of August 1691 Was buried by me Ed. Hargrave."

Stanbridge.BPRS Vol. 68, p.112 Burial of Ann Bosswell, "Queen of the 22 Feb 1720 Gypsies". Husborne Crawley.

BPRS Vol. 18, B77 Burial of "A travelling woman, commonly 3 Mar 1724 called a Gypsy." Flitton with Silsoe

BPRS Vol. 68, p.112 Burial of Chas., son of Phoenix Hern, a 27 Jun 1740 gipsy. Husborne Crawley.

BPRS Vol. 33, D4 Baptism of Eliz., d. "Mounteque" & Rose 31 Jul 1748 Hearn, "travler or gipsey".Billington

BPRS Vol. 56, p.46 Burial of Dives Draper "a poor 30 Dec 1751 Gypsy-Boy." Chellington

BPRS Vol. 16, B43 Burial of "An Egyptian's child", Oakley 5 Jan 1752

BPRS Vol. 34, B11 Baptism of Francis, s. of Mich. & Mary 17 Jan 1753

Smith "who go by the name of gypsies."Carlton

BPRS Vol. 68, p.112 Burial of Hen. Boswell, a gipsy child. 27 Jun 1762 Husborne Crawley

BPRS Vol. 27, p.27 Baptism of Hen., s. Wm. and "Galene" 3 Jul 1764   Buckland, gypsies. Cranfield

BPRS Vol. 44, p.23 Baptism of Thos., s. Wm. & Ann Smith 8 Feb 1767 "a Gipsy born in Kings Cow-hovel."Marston Moreteyne

BPRS Vol. 13, A86 Burial of Sabra, d. of Jn. & Margt. 2 Apr 1768 Smith, a gypsy traveller, from the workhouse. Northill

BPRS Vol. 43, p.27 Baptism of Jn., s. Lawr. & Eliz. Smith 5 Feb 1769 "Egyptians", Wootton

BPRS Vol. 21, B66 Burial of Letitia Hern, "a gypsey girl." 28 Mar 1769 Clophill  GYPSIES

Bedfordshire Parish Register Series continued Date

BPRS Vol. 26, C3 Burial of Sabarata, d. Jn. & Margt. 22 Jan 1770 Smith, gypsies.Astwick

BPRS Vol. 8, p.38 Baptism of Nanny, d. Timothy & Eliz. 25 Mar 1770 Buchler "a travelling gipsey." Cardington

BPRS Vol. 5, A16 Baptism of "A Gipsey child" 17 Nov 1771 Roxton

BPRS Vol. 8, p.39 Baptism of Sinurus, d. Jn. & Margt. 30 Aug 1772 Smith (a travelling gipsy.) Cardington

BPRS Vol. 21, B24 Baptism of Jn. Smyth "born of parents 6 Apr 1773 commonly distinguished by the name of Gipsies.” Clophill

BPRS Vol. 66, p.49 Baptism of Separata, d. Margt. & Frank 8 Feb 1779 Heron, gipsies. Arlesey

BPRS Vol. 38, A34 Marriage of Pet Gray to Sar. King, both 17 Mar 1782 now in this parish but sojourners or gypsies. Stotfold

BPRS Vol 12, p 49 Baptism Severici d. Emmanuel & Aquilla 9 Nov 1783 Buckland travelling gypsy. Southill

BPRS Vol. 70, p.91 Burial of Love Vicar Draper, a gipsy, 15 Jan 1784 Poor. Langford

BPRS Vol. 6, A50 Baptism of Sarah d. of Manywell 20 Nov 1785

Bucklow "a vagrant Gypsie." Sandy

BPRS Vol. 13, A33 Baptism of Lilburne 11 Dec 1785 d. of [ ] (gipsey).Northill

BPRS Vol. 65, p.71 Baptism of Moses s. Dan & Violet Lovell 3 Feb 1788 vagrant gipseys.Houghton Regis

Brigg, W. The Parish Registers of Haynes,. 17 & 24 Apr 1791 p. 119 Record of Banns of marriage Tobias Smith

(Gysey) single man and Elizabeth Dines Spinr  "N.B. The Banns withdrawn at ye. instance of Eliz. Dines (a Minor) & her Mother." Note** added later `Tobias capitally convicted of Horse Stealing at Bedford Lent Assizes March 10th 1792. Executed April 3rd



Bedfordshire Parish Register Series continued Date

BPRS Vol. 27, p. 84 Burial of "Gypsey Billey a travelling 30 Sep 1791 fiddler pauper." Cranfield

BPRS Vol. 65, p. 168 Burial of Susnh. d. Abr Jones, a gypsey. 8 Apr 1794 Houghton Regis

BPRS Vol. 65, p. 73 Baptism of Spanish d. Dan & Virtue Lovel 18 Apr 1794 gipseys. Houghton Regis

BPRS Vol. 66, p. 49 Burial of Eliz. Draper, a travelling 31 Mar 1799 gipsey aged 108 years. Arlesey

BPRS Vol. 65, p. 170 Burial of `A Gipsey's child, name 19 Sep 1799 unknown.' Houghton Regis

BPRS Vol. 49, p. 116 Burial of Soloman Smith "an Egyptian." 8 Mar 1801 Wilstead

BPRS Vol.5, A47 Burial of Jemima Smith "a gipsy who died 28 Sep 1803 in the field." Roxton

BPRS Vol. 10, C9 Baptism of Edw. s. Chas & Silence 16 Sep 1804 McLean (Rechabites or Gypsies).Willington

BPRS Vol. 44, p. 30 Baptism of Louisa d. of Jn. & Mary 7 Jul 1805 Smith "Gypsies".Marston Morteyne

BPRS Vol. 10, C9 Baptism of Chas. s. Chas. & Sophia 14 Dec 1806 Macklin "of the people called Gypsies"Willington

BPRS Vol. 10, A22 Baptism Jas., s. Chas. & Sophia Mullane, 28 Feb 1808 gipsy. Old Warden

BPRS Vol. 10, A22 Bapt. Eliz. of Thos. & Eliz. O[?w] ded, 19 May 1808 gipsy. Old Warden

BPRS Vol. 77, p. 108 Burial of Len Hearn a gypsey, Studham 26 Sep 1808

BPRS Vol. 10, A22 Bapt. Margt. d. Jn. & Mary Peace, gipsy. 20 Nov 1808 Old Warden

BPRS Vol. 47, p. 25 Baptism of Edw. s of Wm. & Verementa 22 Jan 1809 Curtis "gypsies."Ravensden

P 50/1/14 Burial of Lazarus Draper, 85 yrs, of dropsy 28 Nov 1819“A Gypsey in camp at Lowsden Wood


P44/5/2 (Shillington). Payment in churchwardens' 1626 accounts "given to Gipseys, 3s."

P5/9 (Wyboston, Eaton Socon) 1696 removing parcels or a company of Gipsies

P 69/13/2 Removal order for Paccata Boswell, "a person 17 Nov 1768 pretending to be a Gypsie and wandering in

the habit and form of an Egyptian and lying in the field and outhouses". Southill .

P 20/9/1 Constables account book, Tempsford 1786-1841 Several references to the removal of gipsies.

QSR1872/17 (21) Gaol calendar – Tobias Smith, convicted Bedford Lent Assizes 10 March executed 3rd April for horse stealing. 1792

R3/4421 Russell Correspondence: 'Boundary of Wandon Heath plantations a great resort for gipsies.' 1841

Q.S.R. 1817 - 233, 234 Party of gipsies who became troublesome at 1817 the Six Bells at Felmersham

QGV 10/1 Gaol Register. John Smith, place committed 20 June 1825 of last abode, Northill.Described as a gypsey.

QGV 10/4 p.82 Gaol Register. Edward Draper committed 25 Oct 1864 born Wheathampstead, Herts. Gypsy fiddler.

1871 Census Eastcotts Smith family 1871

1871 census Clapham Loveridge family. 1871

P100/1/38 Letter concerning the registration of the marriage 1889 of a gypsy at St. Peter's Church, Bedford


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