Richard White [Obituary]

Trans. Devon. Assoc., 1884, Vol XVI, p. 68.


Rev. W. Harpley

Prepared by Michael Steer

Richard White’s name appears on the 1857 Trades Directory for Instow as Collector of Customs. Extracts from the Directory are available. In 1911, a Joanna Preston-Whyte, residing at The Bungalow, Instow, Richard White's residence in hs later years, was an important figure in the local Womens’ Sufferage Society.   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.


Richard White was born January 6th, 1810, and was for about forty years connected with Her Majesty's Customs at Looe, in Cornwall, and at Barnstaple, the greater part of the time as Comptroller, and subsequently as Collector. Ten or fifteen years ago he removed to Instow. He lived a quiet, uneventful life, highly respected by those who knew him.

He joined the Association in 1867, and died at his residence, The Bungalow, Instow, on 25th June, 1884, aged 74.