Richard Andrews [Obituary]

Trans. Devon. Assoc. 1894, Vol XXVI, pp.41.


Rev. W. Harpley, M.A.

Prepared by Michael Steer

The obituary was read at the Association’s July 1893 Torquay meeting. The Modbury History Society holds a number of documents relating to the Andrews family. Marriage records for members of Richard Andrews, Solicitor of Modbury’s family, between 1838 and 1906 are available at the South Hams website. The article, from a copy of a rare and much sought-after journal can be downloaded from the Internet. 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 Andrews was born at Modbury, April 1st, 1830, and was educated at Kingsbridge Grammar School. For about 40 years he carried on an extensive practice as a solicitor in his native place, having succeeded his relative, the late Mr. John Andrews, and was widely known and generally respected. He was Chairman of the School Board there, until compelled by ill health to resign the office. He had a considerable acquaintance with the Greek and Latin classics, and was well versed in English literature. He joined the Association in 1877, at the meeting at Kingsbridge.

Mr. Andrews married Miss Elizabeth Langworthy, youngest daughter of Mr. William Southmead Langworthy, surgeon, of Woodbury, on October 4th, 1850. She died in May, 1889, having borne him 3 sons and 6 daughters. Mr. Andrews was an invalid for several years, and for nine months preceding his decease he was confined to his bed. He died December 28th, 1893, at his residence, Traine, Modbury, aged 63 years. The inhabitants of Modbury lost in him a true friend and counsellor, ready at all times to assist in matters of interest to his native town and parish.