Interments of Devonian Antiquaries and Scientists

Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. VII, (1912-1913), Exeter: James G. Commin. 1913, p. 47.


T. Cann Hughes

Prepared by Michael Steer

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Note 27. INTERMENTS OF DEVONIAN ANTIQUARIES AND SCIENTISTS. - Can anyone say where the following are interred, the date of death is given as far as known: -

(1) William Cotton, Exeter (ob. 13 Nov., 1902).

(2) John Augustus Parry, Bideford (ob. 3 Nov., 1875).

(3) John Edward Lee, Torquay (ob. 18 Aug., 1887).

(4) Peter Varwell, Exeter (ob. 17 Jan., 1902).

(5) William Bower Scott, Chudleigh (ob. 29 May, 1884).

(6) Rev. Wm. Downes, Kentisbeare (ob. 12 Aug., 1886).

(7) Henry Holman Drake (ob. 12 Feb., 1905).

(8) Rev. Thomas Wm. Whale, Dolton (ob. 6 Aug., 1906).

(9) Thomas Richard Archer Briggs, Egg Buckland (ob. 23 Jan., 1891).

                                    T. CANN HUGHES.