William Beatty. [Obituary]

Trans. Devon. Assoc., 1894, Vol XXVI, p.43.

Prepared by Michael Steer

The obituary was read at the Association’s July 1894 South Molton meeting. Little is revealed of Mr Beatty’s character, family, or major life events from his obituary. It seems likely from his surname that he was not a native Devonian and might have retired to a quiet secluded life in rural Devon for the same reasons that make Devon a popular residential destination today. The article, from a copy of a rare and much sought-after journal can be downloaded from the Internet Archive. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. These books, on which copyright has expired, are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers.

William Beatty joined the Association in 1876, on the occasion of the Ashburton Meeting. For several years he resided at Buckfastleigh, where he passed a quiet, secluded life. He took great interest in the annual Transactions of the Association, which he carefully studied, although he did not attend the meetings. He recently removed to Dartington, near Totnes, where he died on 30th March, 1894, aged 71 years.