"Plymouth is a large sea-port, seated between the mouths of the rivers Plym and Tamar, and one of the chief naval magazines in the kingdom, owing to its excellent port or harbour, which capable of safely containing 1000 sail. There are, properly speaking, however, three harbours, Catwater, Sutton Pool, and Hamoaze. The first is the mouth of the Plym, and affords a safe and commodious harbour for merchant ships, but is seldom entered by ships of war. The second is frequented by merchant ships only, and is almost surrounded by the houses of the town. The third inlet, which is the mouth of the Tamar, is the harbour for the reception of the British navy. It is defended by a fort on St. Nicholas Island, and other forts, and particularly by a citadel, called the Haw, which overlooks the town, and is a good land- mark for mariners. A floating bridge plies across the Hamoaze. What is called The Dock, is a separate town, situated about two miles up the Hamoaze, and is now nearly as large as Plymouth itself. Here are some spacious docks, solidly built. It has a good herring fishery, and a considerable trade beside its manufactures, which are of all kinds of goods required in shipping; and the great business arising from the dockyard. It is 210 miles from London. Markets, Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday. Population, 37,058." (From Barclay's Complete and Universal English Dictionary, 1842.)


Archives & Libraries

Plymouth Library Services.

Plymouth Archives (previously the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office) is now part of The Box. Its Cottonian Research Room provides facilities for viewing its collections, by appointment. (Direct telephone no.: +44 (0)1752 308880.)

Plymouth University Library catalogue.

Information about Devonport Naval Heritage Centre.

Details of the Royal Naval Medical Service Historic Library and Collection, comprising books and other documents from the libraries and museums previously housed at the Royal Naval Hospitals Plymouth and Haslar.

Devonport Naval Heritage Centre

Brooking Rowe, J. (ed.).  Manuscript Collections in the Plymouth Proprietary Library. In: Tenth Report of the Committee on 
Devonshire Records. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. XXXIII, (1901), pp. 139-151. [Index]

Morgan, Anne. Numbers - From Clare Place to The Box - just 33 years, Devon Family Historian, vol. 172, (2019) p.39. [On move of PWDRO]

Myers, Ursula. Going Inside The ‘Box’, Devon Family Historian, vol. 177, (2021) pp.11-13.

Selley, Maureen. At Last - Open The Box, Devon Family Historian, vol. 176, (2020) pp.12-14.



Worth, R.N. Calendar of the Municipal Plymouth Records (archived copy), Plymouth, (1893) x + 308 pp.

Resource Directory, Plymouth, Plymouth Library Services (2005?). [A comprehensive directory of documents about Devonport and the dockyard held in Plymouth and elsewhere in the United Kingdom]



Brian Moseley's Plymouth Data web-site provides a very useful directory: Who Was Who in Plymouth History (archived copy).

James Lillicrap - transcribed William O'Byrne's Naval Biographical Dictionary, 1849, by Deborah O'Brien.

Tobias Furneaux (1735-1781) from the Australian Dictionary of Bibliography. (Furneax was born in Swilly, and became a navigator serving under Captain Cook. The Furneaux Islands in the Bass Strait were named after him by Cook.)

Edward Stanley Gibbons, stamp dealer (1840-1913) - from Wikipedia.

George Rundle Prynne (1818-1803) - parish priest of St. Peter's, Plymouth, for fifty-five years (London: The Catholic Literature Association, 1933), provided by Project Canterbury.

Distinguished members of the Plymouth Athenaeum - a lengthy collection of illustrated brief biographies.

Adams, Maxwell (Ed.) Joshua Brooking-Rowe [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol.  XL, (1908), pp. 40-42. [Transcript]

Adams, Maxwell (Ed.) William Sedgwick Saunders [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol.  XL, (1908), p. 44. [Transcript]

Adams, Maxwell (Ed.) Arthur Wellesley Jeffery [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol.  XLII, (1910), pp. 45-46. [Transcript]

Adams, Maxwell (Ed.) The Rt. Hon. Lord Monkswell (Robert Collier) [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol.  XLII, (1910), pp. 47-49. [Transcript]

Adams, Maxwell (Ed.) Rev. George Ferris Whidborne [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol.  XLII, (1910), pp.52-53. [Transcript]

Adams, Maxwell (Ed.) Trelawney William Saunders [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol.  XLIII, (1911), pp. 42-43. [Transcript]

Adams, Maxwell (Ed.) James Hine [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol.  46, (1914), pp. 39-40. [Transcript]

Adams, Maxwell (Ed.) Lieut. Colonel William George Tomlin Bickford [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol.  44, (1912). pp. 37-38. [Transcript]

Adams, Maxwell (Ed.) William Henry Alger [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol.  44, (1912). p. 37. [Transcript]

Adams, Maxwell (Ed.) John Williams Matthews [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol.  46, (1914). p. 40. [Transcript]

Adams, Maxwell (Ed.) Miss Agnes Bayly [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 47, (1915), p. 41. [Transcript]

Adams, Maxwell (Ed.) J. Thomas Fouracre [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 47, (1915), p. 47. [Transcript]

Adams, Maxwell (Ed.) T. H. Harvey [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 47, (1915), pp. 48-49. [Transcript]

Adams, Maxwell (Ed.) John Shelly [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 47, (1915), pp. 58-59. [Transcript]

Adams, Maxwell (Ed.) Horace Stone Wilcocks [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 47, (1915), p. 57. [Transcript]

Adams, Maxwell (Ed.) William Henry Kearley Wright [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 47, (1915), pp. 59-61. [Transcript]

Adams, Maxwell (Ed.) Sir Charles Horace Radford [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 48, (1916), pp. 48-49. [Transcript]

Adams, Maxwell (Ed.) Robert Burnard, J.P., F.S.A. [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 52, (1920), pp. 37-40. [Transcript]

Adams, Maxwell (Ed.) Fanny Louise Burnard. [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 52, (1920), pp. 36-37. [Transcript]

Adams, Trevor. Not . . . To Be a Pilgrim, Devon Family Historian, vol. 164, (2017) pp.30-31. [Arthur Adams (1807-1897), a railway signalman in Plymouth.]

Allen, Maggie. Pass On That Valuable Memorabilia, Devon Family Historian, no. 149, (2014) pp.7-8. [QMSI Herbert Allen, Royal Marines, Plymouth]

Barber, James. Sir Francis Drake's investment in Plymouth property. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 113, (1981) pp.103-108. [1582-1595]

Beaton, Patrick Grant. A young Scotsman in Plymouth 1824: pages from the disry of Patrick Grant Beaton selected and edited by Sir Edgar Vaughan. Devon Historian 25, (1982) pp.19-26: ill. [1824-1825]

Beaton, Patrick Grant. A young Scotsman in Plymouth, 1824: further pages from the diary ... selected and edited by Sir Edgar Vaughan. Devon Historian 26, (1983) pp.24-29: ill.

Bevington, Angie. Frank Ralph Conibear (1896-). Arctic 36, 4 (Dec 1983) pp.386-387.

Bond, P.G. Autobiographical Notes & Other Notes by a West County Veterinary Surgeon, 1902. (1902) [Devon FHS Library - B/BON]

Blott, Sylvia. Florence Valerie Bluett 1914-2015, Devon Family Historian, vol. 155, (2015) p.20.

Bridgewater, Sue. Uncle Jim: A Plymouth Hero (2nd. Ed.). Self-published [Devon FHS Library - B/RIC]

Brooking-Rowe, J. (ed.). Robert Bayly. [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. XXXIII, (1901), pp. 33-34. [Transcript]

Brooking-Rowe, J. (ed.). Rt. Rev. William Robert Brownlow, D.D. [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. XXXIV, (1902), pp. 33-34. [Transcript]

Brooking-Rowe, J. (ed.). William Frederick Collier. [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. XXXIV, (1902), p. 35. [Transcript]

Brooking-Rowe, J. (ed.). Francis Brent [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. XXXVI, (1904), p. 33. [Transcript]

Browse, Mark. An Island of One's Own, Devon Family Historian, vol. 136, (Nov 2010) pp.4-8. [Concerning Captain Henry Browse (probably of Plymouth), after whom Browse Island, an island off the Northern coast of Australia, is named]

Bryan, Linda. One Man's Journey: Memoirs of Roy Francis Jeffrey 1917-2000, Devon Family Historian, vol. 163, (2017) pp.24-29.

Bryan, Linda. One Man's Journey - part two: Memoirs of Roy Francis Jeffrey 1917-2000, Devon Family Historian, vol. 164, (2017) pp.22-24.

Bryan, Linda. One Man's Journey - part three: Memoirs of Roy Francis Jeffrey 1917-2000, Devon Family Historian, vol. 165, (2017) pp.22-24.

Bryan, Linda. One Man’s Journey - part 4, Memoirs of Roy Francis Jeffrey 1917-2000, Devon Family Historian, vol.177, (2021) pp.29-33.

Chard, Judy. John Chard V.C. - Devon's hero of Rorke's Drift. Devon Life vol. 3 no. 27, (1967) pp.36-40; ill. [1847-1897]

Cherry, Karl. Captain William Cocks (Cock, Cox), of Plymouth. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 5:5, (1909) pp.165-168. [Correction of popular tradition re. death, and ship commanded.] [-1588]

Cluer, R.B. George Strelly, mayor of Plymouth, 1666-67. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 33:2, (1974) pp.44-46.

Collier, William. Portrait of a young Quaker: the early diary of John Collier 1790 - 1791. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 128, (1996) pp.101-120: ill.

Collier, W.F. Some sixty years' reminiscences of Plymouth. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 24, (1892) pp.86-95. [1832-1892] [Index]

Congdon, Peter. A Bomb in a Basket, Serendipity (2005) 153 pp. [ISBN 1-84394-166-X] [Account of the six years of the Second World War as seen through the author's eyes when he was a young boy in Plymouth]

Cowles, Kathleen. A Harmonious Blacksmith in the Family . . .?, Devon Family Historian, vol. 146, (2013) pp.22-23. [Edmund Noel (Ted) Cowles, born Plymouth c1878]

Davies, Patricia. Jess Saves! - A Sinner Repenteth, Devon Family Historian, vol. 176, (2020) pp.38-39. [W.R. Hill (d. Plymouth Jan. 1908).]

Davis, Jill F. Finding Mystery Mavis, Devon Family Historian, vol. 130, (2009) pp.13-14. [Mavis/Maude Hockaday, b. 1884, Plymouth]

Drinkwater Bethune, C.R. The observations of Sir Richard Hawkins, Knt. in his voyage to the South Sea in the year 1593. London: The Hukluyt Society (1848, Reprinted from the edition of 1622) xvi, 246pp. [Index]

Editors. In memory of a beloved colleague, Joshua Brooking Rowe. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 5:4, (1908) pp.121, plate: port. [In memoriam notice and photograph.] [Historian, 1837-1908]

ELX. Letter from Plimouth, 1649. Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. VII, (1912-1913), Exeter: James G. Commin. 1913, pp. 73-74. [Transcript] [M.P., the reporter of the letter - Mathew Pemberton, - Porter?] 

Fearnside, Roger. John Kitto, DD FSA (1804-1854): A Bicentennial Review, vol. 112, (2004) pp.19-20.

Foot, Sarah. My grandfather - Isaac Foot, Bossiney Books (1980) 112 pp. [ISBN-13: 978-0906456439] [DFHS Library 929.2/FOO]

Freeman, Vic. George Richard Hobbs - 103 years in an unmarked, comon grave, Devon Family Historian, vol. 177, (2021) pp.18-19.

Gill, Crispin. Some diaries and memoirs of Plymouth in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 115, (1983) pp.1-18. [1795-1815]

Guthrig, Sylvia C. What Can You Find in 18th and 19th Century Newspapers?, Devon Family Historian vol. 112, (2004) pp.26-28. [Items related to Joseph Ford of Exeter, Ann Hilling of Clayhidon, Wiliam Lewis of Hartland, and John Bicknell of Plymouth]

Guthrig, Sylvia C. Women in history, Devon Family Historian, vol. 150, (2014) pp.19-22. [Includes accounts of Matilda Claper of Shebbear and Margaret Squire of Plymouth]

Hamilton-Edwards, Gerald. Twelve Men of Plymouth, 3 Nelson Gardens, Stoke, Plymouth (1951) 96 pp. [Sir John Hawkins, Sir Francis Drake, Sir Richard Hawkins, William Cookworthy, Tobias Furneaux, James Northcote, Samuel Prout, Benjamin Robert Haydon, Sir William Snow Harris, Sir Charles Locke Eastlake, Marshall Stevens, Robert Falcon Scott]

Harpley, W. Jonathan N. Hearder.  [Obituary]Trans. Devon. Assoc. Vol. IX, Part 2, (1877), pp. 55-60. [Electrcal engineer, 1810-1876] [Transcript]

Harpley, W. Richard John King, M.A. [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc. 1879, Vol. XI, pp. 58-60 Transcript]

Harpley, W. William Brendon [Obituary]. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 1882, Vol XIV, pp. 117-118. [Transcript]

Harpley, W. William Marshall [Obituary]. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 1882, Vol XIV, p. 119. [Transcript]

Harpley, W.  John Manley Hawker [Obituary], M.A. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 1884, Vol XVI, pp. 57-59. [Transcript]

Harpley, W. Samuel Foster [Obituary]. Trans. Devon. Assoc., 1887, Vol XIX, pp.44-46. [Transcript]

Harpley, W. Robert Porrett Collier, Lord Monkswell [Obituary]. Trans. Devon. Assoc., 1887, Vol XIX, pp.43-44. [Transcript]

Harpley, W. William Foster Moore [Obituary]. Trans. Devon. Assoc., 1887, Vol XIX, pp.46-48. [Transcript]

Harpley, W. Charles Spence Bate, L.D.S.R.D.S., Eng., F.R.S., F.L.S. [Obituary]. Trans. Devon. Assoc., 1889, Vol XXI, pp.60-64. [Transcript]

Harpley, W. John Bayly [Obituary]. Trans. Devon. Assoc., 1894, Vol XXVI, pp.41-43. [Transcript]

Harpley, W. Obituary notices: Richard Nicholls Worth. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 28, (1896) pp.52-57. [Journalist, 1837-1896]  [Transcript]

Hartley, W. Rev Ebenezer Prout, FGS - [Obituary]. Trans. Devon. Assoc., 1872 , Vol. V, pp. 36-38. Transcript]

Kitto, John. Essays and Letters with a Short Memoir of the Author. Plymouth: E Nettleton (1825) xxi, xiii 210 pp. [Subscribers]

Lawer, Diana. Focus on William Henry Hawkins a Plymouth photographer, Devon Family Historian, vol. 185, (2023) pp.12-15.

M., R.B. Piers, the pirate, 1602-4. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 14:8, (1927) pp.372-374. - Includes description of Eliz. I in 1603 by Venetian ambassador. [William Piers, pirate, 1603]

Marsh, A.J. The Vanbrughs at Plymouth. Devon Historian 39, (1989) pp.3-8. [Philip Vanbrugh was Commissioner of Plymouth Dockyard.] [1739-1753]

Moulder, Frank. Obituary: Iris Chapman 1924-2014, Devon Family Historian, no. 153, (2015) p.9.

Pascoe, W.H. One of the Famous, Devon Family Historian, vol. 111, (2004) pp.19-20. [Concerning Aircraftsman T.E. Shaw (Lawrence of Arabia) at Mount Batten, Plymouth, 1928-34]

Parker, Lord Henry Villiers. Some account of Lord Boringdon's accident on 21st July 1817, and its consequences London: J M'Cheery, Privately printed for the author (1818), Portrait, memorial monument, 47 pp. [John Parker, 2nd Baron Boringdon] [Index]

Patterson, Anne. Mary Jarvis - Found!, Devon Family Historian, vol. 137, (2011) p.13. [Mary Jarvis alias Tevlin, d. 1894]

Perkin, Keith S. A Westcountry engineer: Charles Greaves 1816-1883. Devon Historian 40, (1990) pp.14-20: ill.

Pitfield, Michael. Lord Dorset’s Recompense, vol. 177, (2021) pp.36-37. [Thornton and Pitfield

Pugsley, David. Bond and Pearce (1990). [ISBN 0951498835] [Devon FHS Library p942.35/PLY] [partners in a Plymouth firm of solicitors founded in 1881]

Radford, John H. A note on three portraits of Samuel Cook, water colour painter, 1806-1859. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 1:6, (1900) pp.161-162, plates: port. [Portraits by Talfourd and Opie, and photographer J.Bryant jnr.] [Index]

Rendell, Joan. Dartmoor's poetic devotee: Noel T. Carrington. Dartmoor Magazine no. 42, (1995) pp.20-21: ill. [1777-1830]

Ridgeway, Wm, and others. Colonel Hamilton Smith MSS. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 10:6, (1919) pp.213-217. [See Tapley-Soper, vol.10, p.145.] [Naturalist, 1776-1859]

Roberts, Sally. Benjamin Reed, Devon Family Historian, vol. 135, (2010) pp.21-25. [Transcript of the deposition of Benjamin Reed, watchmaker and silversmith of Plymouth, and other witnesses in the trial in 1804 of Stephen Lane for burglary and attempting to steal silver watches.]

Russell, Ann. One of Devon's illustrious sons - Captain Scott. Devon Life vol. 3 no. 24, (1967) pp.24-25; ill. [Robert Falcon Scott]

Selley, Maureen. Dr. Henry Will M.B.E. 1930-2014, Devon Family Historian, vol. 150, (2014) p.26. [Director, Ford Park Cemetery Trust]

Skinner, A.J.P. Captain John Stokes. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 10:5, (1919) pp.166-168. - Includes abstract of will. See Pepys's Diary references 1660. [Naval officer, 1642-1664]

Smith, Pam and Russell. The Double Life of Michael Widger, Devon Family Historian, vol. 144, (2012) pp.32-36. [Orginally of South Hill, Cornwall, then Plymouth, before emigrating to Australia in 1858]

Stanton, Muriel. Looking Back. (1991) [ISBN 0950991735] [Devon FHS Library - p B/STA]

Tapley-Soper, H. William Henry Kearley Wright. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 8:7, (1915) pp.193-198, plates: port. [List of Westcountry writings appended.] [Librarian, 1844-1915]

Taylor, Robert. Richard John Farley Parish, Devon Family Historian, vol. 129, (2009) p.5. [b. Plymouth 1866]

Taylor, Tom (ed.). Life of Benjamin Robert Haydon, Historical Painter, from his Autobiography and Journals, London: Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans, (1853) vii, 391 pp. [Index]

Townsend, Frank. The Tale of an Ancient Mariner, Devon Family Historian, no. 151, (2014) pp.18-19. [Robert Humphrey Ivey 1829-1922]

Townsend, Frank. The Tale of an Ancient Mariner, Robert Humphrey Ivey 1829 to 1922, The Author (frank[at]ftownsend.plu[dot]com), 2014. [ISBN 978-1-908832-54-2]

Walker, J Gordon. Sir Francis and the Devil. Devon Life vol. 6 no. 43, (1969) pp.32-33; ill. [Sir Francis Drake]

Walling, R.A.J. A Sea Dog of Devon: A Life of Sir John Hawkins. London: Cassell & Company Ltd. (1907) illus. 318pp. [Index]

Waters, Jeremy. Rags to Riches, Devon Family Historian, vol. 168, (2018) pp.18-21. [Revd. Richard Waters (1852-1906) and his son Sir Arnold Waters V.C. (1886-1981)]

Welch, Charles Edwin. Edmund Pollexfen, Town Clerk of Plymouth, 1665-1699. pp. 13. Corporation of Plymouth: Plymouth (1960). [BL - 10667.l.18]

Welch, C.E. Andrew Kinsman's churches at Plymouth. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 97, (1965) pp.212-236. [Methodist, 1725-1793]

Williams, Francis. How my Devon father met his English wife in Belgium, Devon Family Historian, vol. 178, (2021) pp.6-7. [Williams and Batt]

Worth, R.N. Notes from the autobiography of Dr James Yonge, FRS. Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 13 (1881), pp. 335-343. [Index]

Worth, R.N. Sir John Hawkins: Sailor, Statesman, Hero, Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 15 (1883), pp. 246-285. [Index]

Worth, R.N. Sir Francis Drake: His origin, arms and dealings with the Plymouth Corporation, Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 16 (1884), pp. 505-552. [Index]

Yonge, Dr. James. Plymouth Memoirs: A Manuscript by Dr. James Yonge, F.R.S. Mayor of Plymouth, 1694 - 95, who died in the year 1721 (ed. John J. Beckerlegge), Plymouth Institution and Devon & Cornwall Natural History Society (1951) 123 pp.

Young, James Surgeon. The Journal of James Yonge, 1647-1721, Plymouth surgeon. Edited by F.N.L. Poynter. [With maps.] pp. 247. pl. 8. Longmans: London (1963). [BL - 10713.n.18]

Anon. Adventures at Sea, Devon Family Historian, vol. 120, (2006) pp.37-38. [About H.M. Sloop 'Adventure', commanded by Toias Furneaux of Plymouth, and the massacre of several of its crew in the South Seas in 1773]

Anon. Your latest update from The Box, Devon Family Historian, vol. 182, (2022) p.50. [Brief description of George Winne's diary (1787-1790), and its account of his daughter Sarah Anne's courtship by the Prince of Wales]



Business & Commerce Records

Sweetland, Carol. Plymouth Theatres Project, Devon Family Historian, vol. 176, (2020) pp.19-21.

Worth, R.N. Common Seals of Plymouth, Sidmouth and Stonehouse. In: The Common Seals of Devon, Part III, Transactions of the Devonshire Association, 1875, Vol VII, p 269. [Transcript]



The "Of the Parish" (archived copy) headstone and memorial indexing and photography project aims to put details of the people who died in Plymouth and the surrounding area online. The churchyards and burial grounds for which gravestone images have been collected and names entered into a consolidated database are to date: Oreston Methodist Church (Plymstock), Pleasure Hill non conformist burial ground (Oreston, Plymstock), Royal Naval Hospital burial ground (No Place Field, Plymouth), St Budeaux, St Edward (Eggbuckland), St Peter The Poor Fisherman (Stoke Beach near Noss Mayo, Revelstoke), and Milehouse overflow burial ground, Devonport (Stoke Damerel).

MIs for the Chapel of St Catherine, The Citadel, are included in the Devon FHS index - see under Cemeteries on the main Devon page.

Details of Plymouth Cemeteries and Crematoria (archived copy), from the Plymouth Data web-site.

Plymouth and West Devon R. O. has records of MIs for the Pig Market Baptist Chapel, the Treville St Presbyterian Chapel, and the Society of Friends' Vennel Street burial ground (1762-1925).

Tombstone inscriptions in the old Jewish Cemetery on Plymouth Hoe.

Efford Cemetery and Crematorium (also known as Plymouth Crematorium - Find A Grave website.

Weston Mill Cemetery - Find A Grave website.

Efford Cemetery Registers (1907-1999) and Weston Mill Cemetery Registers (1904-1998) have been photographed by Devon FHS and indexed (80,000 entries) - a surname search facility is available to Devon FHS members.

Brown, Mike. A Short Collection of Epitaphs from Plymouth Churchyards. Dartmoor Press, PO Box 132, Plymouth PL4 7YL.

Brown, Mike. Zoar Down Chapel (Full Survey). In Dartmoor Region Monumental Inscriptions Indexes, Vol. 9. Dartmoor Press, PO Box 132, Plymouth PL4 7YL.

Dixon, Gloria. Efford and Western Mill Cemeteries: Registers Indexed on the Members’ Area, Devon Family Historian, vol. 179, (2021) pp.14-15.

Ford Park Cemetery Burials - The Plymouth, Devonport & Stonehouse Cemetery, - General Ground 1848-1880, Church Ground 1849-1880, Catholic Ground 1881-1924 CD, Devon Family History Society (2012).



Street indexes to the 1841, 1861, 1871 and 1891 censuses, and a surname index for the 1871 census, for Plymouth are held at the Plymouth Central Library, North Hill.

Ships in Port in the 1861 Census, from the Cornwall On-line Census Project (COCP).

Ships in port at Plymouth in the 1881 Census: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, by Bob Sanders.

Bryant, W.N. Plymouth Borough Prison in the Census of 1871. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 35, 1 (1982) pp.33-34.

Susser, Bernard. Jews (Identified & Supposed) in the 1841-1891 censuses: Exeter (1841-1861), Falmouth (1851), Penzance (1851), Plymouth (1841-1891), Torquay (1851). Stroud (1881, 1891) transcribed by Harold Pollins, Studies in Anglo-Jewish History, vol. 1, (1996). [Contents now incorporated into the JewishGEN UK Database]




Erskine Risk, M.A., J. Recent Revisions of the Drake Chronology. Trans.Devon. Assoc., 1883, Vol XV, pp. 196-201. [Transcript]



Church History

Extensive details of Plymouth Churches and Other Places of Worship (archived copy), from the Plymouth Data web-site.

The Lost Churches of Plymuth - "Histories of Churches destroyed in the Blitz and since in the 'Three Towns' of Plymouth, Devonport and Stonehouse" (archived site).

Mount Gould Methodist Church, Plymouth web site.

Website of Emmanuel Church, Plymouth.

Barber, Jennifer. New light on the Plymouth friaries. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 105, (1973) pp.59-73, plates: ill. - [The Carmelite and Franciscan friaries and their buildings, 1288-1800].

Bracken, C.W. The Huguenot churches of Plymouth and Stonehouse. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 66, (1934) pp.163-179.

Fairbrother, E.H. Plymouth - To Edward North. Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. VII, (1912-1913), Exeter: James G. Commin. 1913, pp. 75-77. [Transcript]

Fleming, Guy. Hidden Fire. Plymouth, Its Christian Heritage, Guy Fleming (1987) 116 pp. [Devon FHS Library 287.53]

Hawkings, David J. Miss Lydia Sellon and the Devonport Sisters: a controversial Anglican religious community. Devon Historian 19, (1979) pp.9-11. [1848-1852]

Jenkins, Leslie. Iron, Stone and People: A History of Peverell Park Methodist Church [Plymouth] 1896-1986 (1987). [Devon FHS Library p942.35/PLY]

Martin, E.W. New churches for old. Devon Life vol. 1 no. 8, (1965) pp.20-21. [Methodist Chapels]

Odgers, William James. A Brief History of the Plymouth Unitarian Congregation, and of the institutions connected with it: to which are added a chronological table of important events, and a catalogue of books in the Chapel Library. London, Plymouth [printed] [1850]. [BL - 4715.aa.9]

Selleck, A.D. Plymouth Friends; a Quaker history: parts I & II. Torquay: Devonshire Press (1900 1971) 282-326, 213-261 pp. (Devonshire Association for the Advancement of Science, Literature and Art: "Reprinted from volume 99 of the Association's transactions.").

Smith, Christopher. 200 Years of Catholicism in Plymouth, (2004). [SoG DE tracts Box]

Trethewy, Clifford. The Master Builders: The Story of St Judes Church, Plymouth. Plymouth: the church (1976) 32p: ill, maps. [Westcountry Studies Library - px726.5/PLY/TRE]

Welch, Edwin. Dissenter's meeting houses in Plymouth to 1852. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 94, (1962) pp.579-612.

Welch, Edwin. Dissenters' meeting houses in Plymouth - 1852-1939. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 99, (1967) pp.181-212. - Includes lists of meeting houses.

Wickes, M.J.L. John Wesley in Devon, 1739-1789, Plymouth and Exeter Methodist District. Bideford, Devon: Michael Wickes Publications (1988) 43 pp.

Wright, W.H.K. The Blue Friars: Their Sayings and Doings, Being A New Chapter in the History of Old Plymouth, With Portraits and other Illustrations, (1889) 224 pp.

St Simon, Mount Gould, Plymouth 1907-1967 (1967). [Devon FHS Library 942.35/PLY]


Church Records

The PWDRO and Find My Past have joined forces to provide online access to the Plymouth and West Devon Collection of parish registers, covering baptisms, marriages and burials from 1538 to 1911. Searching the index is free, but accessing parish register page images requires payment.

Other churches and chapels (with pre-1840 records) in Plymouth (either St Andrews or Charles the Martyr Parishes):

  • Baptist Chapel, initially at Pig Market (Frankfort Gate): Registers for 1786-1837 (Z), 1787-1837 (B), in PRO RG 4/1215, 1216
  • Presbyterian/Unitarian Chapel, initially Bilbury Street: Registers for 1672-1835 (ZC), 1662-95 (B) in PRO RG 4/4091, 2537, 2159
  • Presbyterian/Independent Chapel, Batter Street: Registers for 1704-1837 (ZC), 1768-1837 (B) in PRO RG 4/1091, 1217, 1218; 1768-1818 (B) at PWDRO
  • Old Tabernacle Congregational Chapel, Bretonside (Sherwell Chapel): Registers for 1763-1837 (C) in PRO RG 4/961, 838; 1763-1915 (C), 1870-1915 (M), 1907-09 (B) at PWDRO
  • New Tabernacle Independent/Congregational Chapel, Norley's Lane: Registers for 1798-1837 (ZC), in PRO RG 4/1090
  • Rehoboth Congregational Chapel, Buckwell Lane: Registers for 1833-1837 (C), in PRO RG 4/2101
  • Huguenot Church, Plymouth: Registers for 1733-78, 1791-1807 (C), 1734, 1740 (M), 1733-34 (B) in PRO RG 4/4623; also see Plymouth St Andrew
  • Ebenezer Wesleyan Chapel, Saltash Street: Registers for 1813-37 (ZC), 1817-37 (B) in PRO RG 4/1325, 1092; 1837-63 (C) at PRO RG 8/88; 1817-1909 (C) at PWDRO
  • Salem Wesleyan Chapel, Salem Street: Registers for 1831-78 (C) in PRO RG 8/9
  • Society of Friends, Plymouth: Registers for 1627-1793 (Z), 1663-1795 (M) 1646-1791 (B) in PRO RG 6/352, 1438, 1480

Batter Street Presbyterian Chapel Marriages for 1902-1938 are in the 5-CDROM LDS British Vital Records Index (1538-1888), (Item #50028).

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Plymouth Ebenezer Chapel Burials 1817-1837, and Plymouth Presbyterian Chapel Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

Rabbi Susser's Plymouth Birth Register 1829-1837 - facsimile.

FamilySearch provides 400,000 indexed images, of examinations, pew rents, poor relief, removals, settlements, etc., from Plymouth Archive's Parish Chest collection (which in addition to Plymouth also covers Bickleigh, Brentor, Brixton, Cornwood, Devonport (Stoke Damerel), Dunterton, East Stonehouse, Egg Buckland, Ermington, Harford, Holbeton, Lamerton, Marystow, Milton Abbot, Newton Ferrers, Pennycross, Plympton St Mary, Plympton St Maurice, Plymstock, Revelstoke, Sheepstor, Stoke Damerel, Stowford, Sydenham Damerel, Tamerton Foliot, Thrushelton, Ugborough, Walkhampton, Wembury, Whitchurch, and Yealmpton).

Chiswell, Ann. List of Friends of the Western Monthly Meeting of Friends in the county of Devon, 10.5.1809 [Full text accessible at LDS Family History Library]

Lart, Charles Edmund. (ed.) Registers of the French Churches of Bristol, Stonehouse, and Plymouth. Huguenot Society of London pubs. vol. 20. Spottiswoode and Co. (1912) [Includes Plymouth baptisms 1733-1807; marriages 1734-1740; burials 1733-1734.] [Full text at LDS Familysearch]

M.M.C. The King's 'Catholick Chappell' 1687. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 36:6, (1989) pp.216. [Note in Plymouth parish register, 1687.]

Plymouth Marriage Index: Volume 1:, Exeter, Devon Family History Society (2001). [Over 200,000 names on CD-ROM - An index of brides and grooms taken from the post-1837 Plymouth Church of England marriage registers held in the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office. Plymouth churches covered: All Saints 1875-1979, Charles 1837-1955, Christ Church 1847-1964, Egg Buckland 1837-1984, Emmanuel, Compton Gifford 1872-1941, Holy Trinity 1852-1938, St Andrew 1837-1997, St Augustine 1905-1972, St Catherine 1936-1941, St Francis 1940-1988, St Gabriel 1910-1980, St James the Less 1941 only, St John, Sutton-on-Plym 1855-1967, St Jude 1877-1977, St Luke 1874-1962, St Mary the Virgin & Magdalene, Cattedown 1912-1954, St Matthias 1890-1971, St Michael, West Hoe 1948-1984, St Pancras, Pennycross 1874-1973, St Peter 1851-1980, St Saviours 1874-1950, and St Simon 1908-1990] [The DFHS on-line surname index can be used to check the surnames covered. Hugh Wallis provides a middle name index search facility to this CD-ROM.] [These marriage records are also available online via FindMyPast (subscription).]

Plymouth Marriage Index: Volume 2:, Exeter, Devon Family History Society (2003). [Over 81,500 names on CD-ROM - An index of brides and grooms taken from post-1837 Plymouth Church of England and Non-Conformist marriage registers held in the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office. Churches covered: East Allington 1837-1968, Ebrington Street Wesleyan Methodist Church, Plymouth 1899-1937, Edgcumbe Street Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, East Stonehouse 1899-1977, Egg Buckland 1984-2001, Elburton 1932-1991, Embankment Road United Methodist Church, Plymouth 1930-1982, Emma Place Congregational Chapel, Stonehouse 1868-1939, Ermington 1837-1987, Ermington Methodist Chapel 1937-1974, Estover Baptist Church, Bickleigh 1948-1978, Gloucester Street Methodist Chapel, Morice Town, Devonport 1925-1941, Greenbank Methodist Chapel, Greenbank Road, Plymouth 1938-1970, Harford 1839-1978, Herbert Street Methodist Chapel, Morice Town, Devonport 1923-1941, Holbeton 1838-1974, Honicknowle Methodist Church, Plymouth 1965-1995, Hooe 1855-1996, Horrabridge 1869-1988, Hotham Place Methodist Chape, Plymouth 1950-1988, Ivybridge 1837-2002, Ivybridge Congregational Church 1892-1970, Laira Methodist Church, Plymouth 1982-1988, Lamerton 1837-1962, Lee Moor Methodist Church 1944-1993, Lee Moor Wesleyan Methodist Chapel 1907-1943, Lewtrenchard 1838-1975, Lydford 1837-1995, Marystowe 1837-1994, Meavy 1838-1985, Millbrook Wesleyan Methodist Chapel 1907-1984, Milton Abbot 1837-1994, Mutley Plain Methodist Church, Plymouth 1899-1977, Newton Ferrers 1837-1968, North Prospect Methodist Church, Plymouth 1948-1960, Pilgrim Congregational Church, Plymouth 1955-1963, Plymouth Emmanuel 1941-1998, Plymouth Hebrew Synagogue 1837-1971, Plymouth Presbyterian Church 1902-1938, Plymouth St Andrew 1981-1988, Plymouth St Mary The Virgin, Laira 1923-1982, Plympton St Mary 1837-1975, Plympton St Mary Congregational Church 1935-1963, Plympton St Maurice 1837-1971, Plymstock 1837-1998, Princes Street Chapel, Devonport 1870-1915, Princetown 1866-1992, Revelstoke 1838-1977, Sampford Spiney 1837-1987, Shaugh Prior 1837-1973, Sheepstor 1839-1979, Sparkwell 1943-1993, St Aubyn, Devonport 1962-1980, St Bartholomew, Devonport 1969-1989, St Boniface 1962-1968, St Budeaux Devonport 1955-1993, St Chad, Whitleigh, Plymouth 1945-1988, St Gabriel Plymouth 1910-1980, St Georges Methodist Church, Devonport 1965-1988, St John Sutton-On-Plym, Plymouth 1968-1991, St Mark's Ford 1968-1986, St Michael, Devonport 1960-1982, St Pancras, Pennycross, Plymouth 1973-1981, St Paul, Efford 1966-1971, St Phillip, Weston Mill 1964-1989, Stoke Damerel 1940-1987, Stowford 1838-1981, Sydenham Damarel 1837-1938, Tamerton Foliot 1949-1988, Thrushelton 1837-1976, Ugborough 1837-1997, Victoria Methodist Church 1953-1976, Walkhampton 1837-1983, Walkhampton Wesleyan Methodist Church 1912-1981, Wembury 1837-2002, Whitchurch 1838-1987, Wycliffe Congregational Church, Devonport 1923-1947, Yealmpton 1837-1943, Yelverton 1935-1980, Zion Street Methodist Church, Plymouth 1937-1940.] [The DFHS on-line surname index can be used to check the surnames covered.] [These marriage records are also available online via FindMyPast (subscription).]

The Miscellaneous Series of IHGS Parish Registers, The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, 79-82 Northgate, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1BA.: CD-ROM (n.d.). [The Devon section of contains: Marriages: Berrynarber 1540-1783, Bridgerule 1702-1753, Chardstock 1597-1837, Challacombe 1599-1621 and 1673-1837, Farringdon 1620-1788, Lynton 1591-1837, Pinhoe 1687-1837, Plymouth 1653-1674, Plymstock 1591-1812, Rewe 1686-1836, Witheridge 1646-1837.] [Also LDS Film 90711]

[Editor]. Findmypast Adds Diocese of Plymouth to Their Catholic Heritage Archive, Devon Family Historian, no. 180, (2021) p.27.


Correctional Institutions

Plymouth Prison Records (1821-1919) are now available on Family Search (13,495 indexed records with 13,495 record images).


Court Records

Inquests Taken into Suspicious or Unexplained Deaths for 1832-1854, from the Plymouth and Devonport Weekly Journal and General Advertiser for Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset, and the Western Courier, West of England Conservative, Plymouth and Devonport Advertiser, and from the Western Morning News and Western Daily Mercury for 1860-1864, 1865-1874, 1879-1880, 1881-1882, 1883-1884, 1889, 1894-1895 and 1896-1897 from the Western Morning News for 1875-1876, 1877-1878, 1885, 1887, 1888, 1890-1891, 1892, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 19061907, 1908, 1909191019111914 and 1915 transcribed by Lindsey Withers.

Inquests Taken into Suspicious or Unexplained Deaths for 1827-18301831-18341835-18361839-18401841-421843-441845-461847-1848188618871889 and 1902 from the Exeter and Plymouth Gazette.

Caught in the Act: An Index of over 9,000 names in Plymouth of those giving sworn statements as witnesses to crimes plus the names of those standing sureties for either themselves or a witness, CD46, Devon FHS (2011).

Crime and Punishment - An index of the Register of Summary Convictions containing over 15,000 names of people who committed a crime in Plymouth between 1875 and 1904, CD47, Devon FHS (2011).

Plymouyh Prison Index - An index of over 17,000 people committed to Plymouth Prison during the following years:- 1867-1878; 1888-1891 and 1909-1930, CD48, Devon FHS (2011).


Description & Travel

Plymouth, from Wikipedia.

Section on Plymouth from Samuel Lewis: A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831), provided by Mel Lockie.

Stuart Moverley is willing to take digital photographs of locations in Plymouth and its immediate surrounding area. If you would like to take advantage of this offer, contact him directly on sfmov[at]btinternet[dot]com, specifying which picture format is required: .gif, .jpg, etc.

Steve Johnson's very large online archive of photographs related to Plymouth and the Navy .

Steve Johnson's Far Above the Clouds (archived cop)- Aerial Photographs Around Plymouth, England.

Plymouth Tour - from Beautiful Devon web site (archived page)..

Barber, Chips. The Great Little Plymouth Book. Pinhoe, Exeter: Obelisk Publications. [ISBN 0946651477].

Carrington, Henry E. The Plymouth and Devonport Guide, London, Longman and Co. (1828) 292 pp. [Subject Index & Subscribers] [Surname Index]

Clamp, Arthur L. Motoring and Walking in and around Plymouth. Plympton: Westway Pubns (1967) [22]p: maps. [ISBN 0901474045]

David, Joy. An Invitation to Plymouth. Leisure In Print Publications (1991) 352pp. [ISBN-13: 978-1870948524]

George, Eric A. Plymouth - Devon city of old and new. Devon Life vol. 7 no. 59 (1971) pp.28-33; ill.

Harris, W Best. Plymouth 1900. Devon Life vol. 3 no. 26, (1967) pp.23-26; ill.

Hennah, Richard. A Succinct Account of the Lime Rocks of Plymouth Plymouth: W Curtis; London: W B Whittaker (1822), illus., iv + 81 pp. [Subscribers]

Hawker, The Late Rev. Treasurer. Changes in Travelling on the Road between Exeter and Plymouth during the last Sixty Years. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. XVII, (1885), pp. 450-457. [Index]

Sanfor, John. The Tourist's Companion ... Guide to Devonport, Stoke, Moricetoun, Stonehouse and Plymouth, etc. pp. xi. 250. W. Colman: Devonport, [1830?] [BL - 10360.a.7]

Warbis, Allan W. In praise of Plymouth. Devon Life vol. 9 no. 73 (1972) pp.34-35; ill.

Wightwick, George. Nettleton's Guide to Plymouth, Stonehouse, Devonport and to the neighbouring country, etc. Plymouth (1836). [BL - 10358.aaa.3] [Index]

Wood, William. Wood's Hand-Book to Plymouth, Stonehouse, Devonport ... Eighth edition. pp. 124. W. Wood: Devonport, [1860?]. [BL - 10368.aaa.22]

Wormleighton, Tim. An Eighteenth-Century Tour of Plymouth. In Devon Documents (ed. T. Gray). Tiverton: Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, Special Issue (1996) [ISBN 0925836203] pp.207-210.

Wright, William Henry Kearley. Illustrated Handbook to Plymouth, Stonehouse & Devonport, with a new map ... New and enlarged edition. pp. xii. 212. W. H. Luke: Plymouth, [1885]. [BL - 10360.cc.41]

A Naval Officer (Ed). The stranger's handbook to the Western metropolis, containing a concise and familiar description of Plymouth, Devonport, Stonehouse and neighbourhood including the government establishments. Devonport: W Wood & Son. (1841) 96 pp. [Index]

A View of Plymouth Dock, Plymouth, and the Adjacent Country, Being A Description of every Object in the Vicinity, that can interest the Stranger, or The Tourist; In Two Parts. Part I. The Devon side of the Tamar, including Plymouth, Plymouth-Dock, Stonehouse.... Part II. The West side of the Tamar, including the beautiful Seat of Mount Edgecumbe and its pleasure Grounds,.... With a Map of the Surrounding Country, Plymouth, A. Granville & Son (1812).

The tourist's companion; being a guide to the towns of Plymouth, Plymouth-Dock, Stonehouse, Morice-town, Stoke, and their vicinities. London, Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown (1823) xii, 316 pp. front., fold. maps. [Indexes to Part 1 (pp. 1-81), Part 2 (pp. 135-316)]

Plymouth and South Devon Pictorial. Southampton: The Pictorial Printing and Publishing Co. Ltd. (c. 1906-10) 56pp. [Index]

Photographic view album of Plymouth and the surrounding neighbourhood, Dundee, Valentine & Son (1910) 30p. of ill. [Westcountry Studies Library sxB/PLY 1/1910/PHO] [Includes 106 pictures, by Geo. H. Sellick (?), of Plymouth, Stonehouse, and Devonport]

Photographic views of Plymouth, Devonport and South Devon. [SOG Library: DE/L 103]

Spotlight on Plymouth. Devon Life vol. 1 no. 6, (1965) pp.9-16; ill.

Plymouth. Devon Life vol. 6 no. 49 (1970) pp.34-36; ill.

Street Plan and Guide to Plymouth [DFHS LOC 153]

You can see pictures of Plymouth which are provided by:



Transcript of entry in White's Devonshire Directory of 1850.

Terry Williams provides a very valuable collection of transcriptions, and or scanned images of each of the pages of, a number of Plymouth Area Directories (archived copy). These include: The Picture of Plymouth (1812), The Plymouth, Plymouth-Dock & Stonehouse General Directory (1814), Tourist's Companion - a guide to the towns of Plymouth, Plymouth-Dock, Stonehouse, Morice Town, Stoke (1823), The Plymouth, Stonehouse and Devonport Directory (1830), Thomas's Plymouth Directory (1836), Williams's Commercial Directory (1847), Directory of Plymouth, Stonehouse, Devonport, Stoke, and Morice Town (1864-5), The Three Towns' Directory for Plymouth, Devonport and Stonehouse (1873), Plymouth, Devonport & Stonehouse Plymouth and Devonport Directory (1888), Plymouth and Devonport District Directory (1896), Post Office Directory of Plymouth, Devonport and Stonehouse (1906-7), Post Office directory of Plymouth and District (1915-16), and High Street, Plymouth, from Plymouth Directory (1885 and 1910-11).

The picture of Plymouth ... a correct guide to ... Plymouth, Plymouth-dock, Stonehouse, Stoke, and their vicinity. Also a list of the principal inhabitants. Plymouth: Rees and Curtis (1812) xii, 233 pp.

The Plymouth, Plymouth-Dock & Stonehouse General Directory: Being a list of the names and the residences of the principal inhabitants of these towns, with other useful information for 1814. Plymouth: S. Rowe; Longman & Co. (1814).

Thomas's Directory: Being an alphabetical list of the inhabitants of Plymouth, ... with a directory of the principal trades people. Plymouth: Jenkin Thomas (1836).

A Directory of Plymouth, Stonehouse, Devonport, Stoke and Moricetown, Plymouth, F. Brendon, Directory Office, Cornwall Street (1852) 280 + 52 pp. of adverts.

The Three Towns' Almanack, and Daily Tide Tables for the Year 1866, Devonport, W. Wood (1866) 84 pp.

The Three Towns directory for Plymouth, Devonport and Stonehouse: Also, of Stoke, Morice Town, Ford, Torpoint, Saltash, Plympton St. Maurice, Ridgeway, Tamerton Foliott, Turnchapel, and Oreston, E. Thorne, Steam Printing Office, 60 & 61, Union Street, Plymouth (1873) xii + 152 pp.

Eyre's Post Office Plymouth and Devonport District Directory, Embracing also Stonehouse, Saltash, and the District Five Miles Round, and Including Historical Sketches of the Three Towns and District, (1903) pp. Ill., 477.

Smith's Plymouth Almanac for 1905, Plymouth, Western Morning News (1905).

The Royal Album of Plymouth & Neighbourhood Views, (n.d.) [SoG Lobrary StoreA (DE/LOC)]


Emigration & Immigration

The Mayflower Steps website - information about the sailing of the Mayflower from Pymouth

Passenger list: Barque "Emigrant" to Australia (1850)

The Emigration Depot at Plymouth, from the Grey River Argus.

Picture and history of the Emigration Depot at Plymouth, from the Historic Shipping website.

Blott, Alan. Victorian Plymouth: Mormons on the Barbican, Devon Family Historian, vol. 168, (2018) pp.41. [1862 photo by Charles William Carter]

Brayshay, Mark. Government assisted emigration from Plymouth in the nineteenth century. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 112, (1980) pp.185-213: ill, maps. [1839-1898]

Bryant, W.N. Plymouth Emigration Depot in the nineteenth century. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 36:04, (1988) pp.118-121. [1840-1860]

Davey, F.A., Watts, S.G. Westward Look: Devon Pioneers and Pilgrims in the New World. Town & Country Press Ltd., 42 Rectory Lane, Bracknell, Berks. (1970) 56p. ["David Thompson of Plymouth" - pp.7-8, "John Mulford and Ambrose Honnewell" [of Plymouth] - pp.32-35, "Edward Rossiter of Plymouth" - pp.53-54]

Simpson, Jacynth Hope. They sailed from Plymouth. London: Hamilton (1970). ISBN 241 01880 3 ix, 197 pp.: 12 plates; map. [BL - X.809/8038]

Tangye, Sir Richard. Reminiscences of travel and other papers. Written, in leisure hours, on board the good ship "Parramatta", when voyaging from Plymouth to Sydney, in the autumn of 1879 Birmingham: W.G. Proverbs, Steam Printing Works (1880) 48p. [BL - 1578/8223]

Were, Jonathan Binns. A voyage from Plymouth to Melbourne in 1839. The shipboard and early Melbourne diary of Jonathan Binns Were. [Melbourne:] J. B. Were & Son (1964). pp. xv, 309: plate; illus., geneal. table, port. [BL - X.808/10730]

Worth, R.N. The Plymouth Company. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 14, (1882), pp. 337-363. [Index]

The Mayflower Passenger list 1620, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery (n.d.) 6 pp. [Lists Name, Dates (if known), Place of origin, Occupation.]



The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.



Donald Curkeet's Plymouth Devonshire and Surrounding Parishes for Family Genealogy website provides church and churhyard photographs, and information, in some cases including parish register name indexes, for a number of Plymouth area parishes.

Plymouth is one of the growing number of places for which the Devon Heritage website provides census or parish register transcriptions, articles, and/or illustrations, etc.

Middle names, from the Plymouth Area, extracted from the IGI by Hugh Wallis.

Admiral Sir John Hawkins (1532-1595) and Descendants - an extensive web-site, by Paul Welbank.

The Hawkins Family of Plymouth Part 1, Part 2 (Admiral Sir John Hawkins), and Part 4 (Admiral Sir Richard Hawkins), by Geoff Ledden.

Knill of Launceston and Callington, by Richard Grylls - a Cornish family with strong Plymouth connections.

Allan, Muriel. Memories of Martin's Bakery and Confectioner, Wellington Street, Plymouth, Devon Family Historian, vol. 108, (2003) pp.38-39.

Allen, Jenepher. Stevens’ Family Myths - Don’t believe everything you are told, Devon Family History, vol. 177, (2021) pp.45-47. [Robert White Stevens (1806-1870) and descendants.]

Bachelor, Val. What Happened to Grandpa, Devon Family Historian, vol. 168, (2016) pp.7-10. [William George Sydney Parsons, b. Plymouth 1894]

Benson, John. Ms. history of the Stevens family of Plymouth, by Major G.K.S. Hamilton-Edwards, Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 24, 1950-51, pp. 133-34. [Review.]

Boase, C.W. The Leys of Beerferris and old Plymouth. Western Antiquary 3, 1884 pp. 76 & 83-84.

Body, P. & N. Out of Adversity: The Body Family in England & Australia, The Author (2002). [ISBN 0957994702] [Devon FHS Library 929.2/BOD]

Bond, Sue. Research Corner, Devon Family Historian, no. 153, (2015) p.25. [Andrew Burgoyne]

Bond, Sue. Research Corner: Did you find Ada and Jimmy, Devon Family History, vol. 177, (2021) p.40. [Ada Symons]

Cluer, R.B. The Horneck family of Plymouth. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 33:3, (1974) pp.79-80.

Connor, Valerie. What Happened to James, Devon Family Historian, vol. 163, (2017) p.43. [James W.J.J. Cox, b.1911]

Edwards, Gerald Kenneth Savery Hamilton. The Stevens Family of Plymouth. A record of their achievements Hamilton-Edwards: Plymouth (1949) ff. iv. 141. [With genealogical tables and portraits] [BL - 9918.e.19]

English, E.T. The Browns of Plymouth. [Plymouth?]: the author 1971.

Foster, Diane. Grannie Annie - the Story Teller, Devon Family Historian, no. 152, (2014) pp.21-28. [Hannah Erotti]

Furneaux, Henry. Pedigree of the Family of Furneaux, of Paignton and Buckfastleigh, Devon; afterwards of Swilly, near Plymouth. A.D. 1550-1875. With pedigrees of other families connected with it, and notes. pp. 20. Privately printed (1876). [BL - 9915.dd.19.(1.)]

Gilham, Daphne. Top Hats on the beach, Devon Family Historian, vol. 181, (2022) pp.26-27. [Foale family of Plymouth, then London].

Guthrig, Sylvia C. Miss Olive Gardener, Devon Family Historian, vol. 154, (2015) p.7.

H., W.S.B. The Rev Thomas Bedford, BD and his descendants. Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. IX, (January 1916 to January 1917), pp. 172-3 [transcript]

H., W.S.B; Editors. The Revd Thos. Bedford, B.D., and his descendants. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 9:7, (1917) pp.207-208. [See query vol.9, p.172, par.137.]

Harriman, Jenny. Why did my mother never know her mother?, Devon Family Historian, no. 188, (2023) pp.44-45. [Grace Bachelor later Warren (b. St Ives, d. Plymouth 1932)]

Harris, N.G. An Unlikely Connection - The origin of the family name "Kingdom" and the link with the Brunel family, Devon Family Historian, vol. 147, (2013) p.15. [Sophia, d. of William Kingdom of Plymouth, m. Marc Brunel (1799).]

Hawkins, Mary Wise Savery. Plymouth Armada Heroes: the Hawkins family. With original portraits, coats of arms, and other illustrations. pp. viii. 189. W. Brendon & Son: Plymouth (1888). [BL - 9916.c.14] [Index]Herford, A.F. The Hereford Family of Plymouth. Ancestor 7, 1903.

Hirst, William. A Three Towns fighting family, Plymouth Institution . . . Transactions 13, 1898/9-1902/3, 122-33. [18-19th c.]

Lavington, Margaret. Ancestry of Samuel Prout. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 12:3, (1922) pp.137-138. [Refers to vol.12, p.59.]

Lawer, Diana. My Search for John Brock, Devon Family Historian, vol. 122, (2007) pp.17-19. [Born Jacob Nathan, 1867]

Laws, Amanda. Titchfield Remembers: The Hunt for Charlie Chalk's Living Relatives, Devon Family Historian, vol. 157, (2016) pp.45.

Levers, T.G.D. The Levers of Lanlivery, Lostwithiel, Mevagissey and Plymouth, (1999). [DFHS Library P929.2/LEV]

Marsh, A.J. The Vanburghs at Plymouth, Devon Historian 39, 1989, pp. 3-8.

O'Dowd, Julia. Public bars, prison bars and a brick wall, Devon Family Historian, no. 186 (2023) pp.6-8. [Emily Sarah Bootyman (neé Gwilliam)]

Patterson, Anne. George Henry Jenkins: The Two Plymouth Artists, Devon Family Historian, vol. 155, (2015) p.21.

Peacock, Shirley. The Tale of Ann Reid, Devon Family Historian, no. 152, (2014) pp.5-7. [b. Plymouth 1835]

Rakestrow, Wendy. The Devon connection: A story about the odd coincidences in life, Devon Family Historian, vol. 176, (2020) pp.27-28. [Robert Ernest Meehan, (b.Plymouth 1879)]

Selley, Maureen. The Crutchett Family and their own "Prince George", Devon Family Historian, vol. 148, (2013) pp.7-8.

Sharrock, Sue. Do You Recognize this Woman?, Devon Family Historian, vol. 154, (2015) p.9. [Dr. Mabel Ramsay]

Shepeard, Wayne. Looking for Ada Nellie: An example of lateral thinking, Devon Family Historian, vol. 162, (2017) pp.44-46. [Ada Nellie Smith [née Puddicombe], b. 1896]

Stapley, Shirley. Jewells - Lost and Found, Devon Family Historian, vol. 178, (2021) pp.7-10. [Jewell]

Stapley, Shirley. Baillie's Studio, Devon Family Historian, no. 186 (2023) pp.9. [Violet Jewell neé Pengilley)]

Watkinson, Maggie. Lethbridge and Son - Coopers of Sutton Wharf, Devon Family Historian, vol. 126, (2008) pp.14-17.

White, Jan. Saltash, Plymouth and my Burt Ancestors, Devon Family Historian, vol. 170, (2019) pp.33-34.

White, Jan. The Rowes of Exeter and Plymouth, Devon Family Historian, vol. 173, (2020) pp.11-13.

Wilcox, W.A. John Wilcocks. Devon Notes & Queries, vol. I, (January 1900 to January 1901), p.102. [Transcript]

Williamson, James Alexander. Hawkins of Plymouth: a new history of Sir John Hawkins and of the other members of his family prominent in Tudor England. 2nd ed. London: Black (1969). SBN 7136 1012 3 xi, 348 pp.; 16 plates; maps, ports. [BL - X.709/8598]

Withall, Coin. The Riddle of the Ancestor Who Never Was, Devon Family Historian, no. 188, (2023) pp.13-17. [John Withall, allegedly b. 1789]

Pedigree of the Family of Harper of Plymouth, co. Devon. London, [1914.] [BL - Cup.649.d.10.(18.)]

A Cautionary Tale - The Hill Family, Devon Family Historian, vol. 114, (2005) pp.16-19. [Edward Hill (1793-1865)]



Plymouth Data (archived copy) - An encyclopaedia of historical information about the "Three Towns" of Plymouth, Devonport and Stonehouse, and also also the ancient parishes of St Budeaux, Eggbuckland, Tamerton Foliot, Plympton St Maurice, Plympton St Mary and Plymstock, which make up the modern City of Plymouth, compiled by Brian Moseley - highly recommended.

Brian Moseley's very impressive Old Plymouth.UK website (archived copy) - a part successor to his Plymouth Data website.

Transcription (129 kbytes) of the chapter on the history and description of Plymouth from White's 1850 History, Gazetteer and Directory of Devonshire.

A Short History of Plymouth, by Tim Lambert

The Early History of Plymouth (archived copy) - from Plymouth City Council.

Steve Johnson's Cyberheritage website - a very  large collection of historic photographs of the Plymouth area, e.g. his Old Plymouth Photographs (archived copy).

The 2020 Plymouth History Festival resulted in a set of interesting articles being placed on the web.

The Barbican Archive (archived copy) - "a collection of historic photographs of life in the area over the past century, as well as audio-taped reminiscences of local residents and other related material".

Arthur, Vivien. The Joy of Regional Accents, Devon Family Historian, vol. 167, (2018) pp.41. [Reminiscences of visiting Plymouth]

Avery, John G. The Cholera Years: an account of the cholera outbreaks in our ports, towns and villages, Beech Books, 2 Beech Court, Beech Ave., Southampton, Hants S018 4TS (2001) 122p.

Bellamy, John Cremer. A Thousand Facts in the Histories of Devon & Cornwall, in chronological order, forming an epitomised view of the political development of those counties, and making especial reference to the history of Plymouth; to which is added an alphabetical list of all works relating to the counties. pp. 59. I. Latimer: Plymouth, [1850] [BL - 10369.aaa.18]

Blatchford, Timothy. Family Stories and Myths, Devon Family Historian, vol. 186, (2023) p.17. [Napoleon in Plymouth Sound]

Bond, Sue. The Missing Grandfather, Devon Family Historian, vol. 167, (2018) pp.20-23. [An illustrated article about Coup & Bennett, photographers.]

Bracken, Charles William. A history of Plymouth and her neighbours. [1st ed. reprinted]; with a new chapter by W. Best Harris. Wakefield: S. R. Publishers (1970) ISBN 85409 608 6 xvi, 312, xiii pp.: plates; maps. [BL - X.809/8177]

Brooking-Rowe, J. (ed.) Fifth Report of the Committee on Devonshire Records: Phillipps, Dredge, and Plymouth Institution MSS. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 25 (1893), pp. 218-248. [Index]

Brooking-Rowe, J. (ed.) Sixth Report of the Committee on Devonshire Records: Plymouth Proprietary Library. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 26 (1894), pp. 86-100. [Index]

Brooking-Rowe, J. (ed.) Seventh Report of the Committee on Devonshire Records: Plymouth Proprietary Library. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 28 (1896), pp. 110-173. [Index]

Brooking-Rowe, J. (ed.) Eighth Report of the Committee on Devonshire Records: Plymouth Proprietary Library. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 29 (1897), pp. 79-144. [Index]

Brooking-Rowe, J. (ed.) Ninth Report of the Committee on Devonshire Records: Plymouth Proprietary Library. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 31 (1899), pp. 120-145. [Index]

Brooking-Rowe, J. (ed.) Tenth Report of the Committee on Devonshire Records: Plymouth Proprietary Library. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 33 (1901), pp. 139-186. [Index]

Brown, Cynthia Gaskell (ed). A Guide to the Industrial Archaeology of Plymouth and Millbrook, Cornwall, Plymouth, Devon: Plymouth City Museum (1973) [SoG Devon tracts box]

Brown, Mike. A Few Sheaves of Devon History [Transcripts]: Plymouth, Dartmoor Press (2001).

Camp, Arthur L. A Pictorial Guide to Historic Plymouth. Westway Publications (1969). [Devon DFS Library 942.35/PLY]

Chalkey, Brian et al. Plymouth: Maritime City in Transition, Plymouth Polytechnic (1991). [ISBN 0715399306] [Devon FHS Library 942.35/PLY]

Chapman, Bill. Pioneers of Esperanto in Plymouth, Devon Family Historian, vol. 159, (2016) pp.38-40.

Cheesman, A.J. Plymouth, Devonport, South Western Junction Railway (1967). [Devon FHS Library 385.094235]

Chiswell, Ann. Late 18th Century Research (1988) [DFHS LOC 58]

Cluer, Andrew. Plymouth & Plymothians; photographs & memories. Plymouth, Lantern Books (1974), [150] pp. of illus. facsims., maps, ports. ISBN: 0950285307 [Name Index]

Copeland, G.W. The Royal Citadel, Plymouth Published for the Old Plymouth Society by Underhill (1957) 24pp. [DFHS Library p929.42/PLY]

Cusack, Janet and Cusack, Bridget. Plymouth and Devonport Church and Chapel Rowing Clubs before the1939-45 War, The Authors, 10 Ranscombe Close, Brixham, Devon, TQ5 9UR (2000?) 32 pp. [Devon FHS Library p292.2/PLY]

Donne, Roger. Snell v. Kingdom and the French Prisoners of War at Plymouth, Devon Family Historian, vol. 134, (2010) pp.14-20.

Fleming, Guy. Plymouth bygones: sixty years of memories and pictures. Exeter: Devon Books (1991), 90 pp. ISBN: 0861148541 (pbk).

Fleming, Guy. Plymouth Pictures from the Past. [Devon Books ref. DB092]

Fleming, G. Plymouth - A Pictorial History. Phillimore, Chichester (1995) 128p. [ISBN 0 8 033 963 4] [The book has an historical introduction and the 163 photos are grouped in chapters, of which some are:- The Pre-War City Centre, Devonport & Stonehouse, Suburbs, Transport, Schools & Hospitals, Churches, Old Houses, The Post-War City Centre, etc..]

Fleming, Guy. Fire in Their Bones, Chapel Way Publishing, 17 Chapel Way, Compton Gifford, Plymouth PL3 5EE (2002) 156 pp. ["More stories of lives of Contemporary Plymouth Christians". Many photographs, maps]

Foot, Sarah. The Barbican, Bossiney Books (1988) 96 pp., ill. [ISBN 0 948158 47 6]

Gant, Tom. Plymouth: A Concise History(1982). [ISBN 0904593126] [Devon FHS Library p942.35/PLY]

Gerrard, John. The Book of Plymouth, Buckingham (1982) 132 pp.

Gill, Crispin. Plymouth: a new history. Tiverton: Devon Books (1993), x, 302 pp. (New ed.). [Detailed Name Index]

Gill, Crispin. Plymouth River - a History of the Laira and Cattewater, Tiverton, Halsgrove Press (1997) 216 pp. [ISBN 0861149114]

Gill, Crispin. Sutton Harbour, Tiverton, Halsgrove Press (1997) 120 pp. [ISBN 0861149122]

Glanville, George. A Companion to the Plymouth and Devonport National Breakwater. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown & Green, Devonport: Printed and Published by J. Johns (1825), illus. 59 pp. [Contents]

Goodman, Sydney V.C. Transport Bygones in the Plymouth Area, PDS Printers Ltd (1984) 32 pp.

Guthrig, Sylvia C. Extract from an Authentic Letter from Plymouth Jan 26 1779, Devon Family Historian, no. 153, (2015) p.11. [Attempted arson at the dock-yard]

Harris, W. Best. The New Book of Plymouth, Plymouth, Guild of Social Services.

Harris, W. Best. The Book of Plymouth, PCSS (c1957). [Devon FHS Library p942.35/PLY]

Harris, W. Best. Stories from Plymouth History (c1985). [ISBN 0951039806] [Devon FHS Library 942.35/PLY]

Henwood, Janet. Destructive Effects of the late Spring tide, Devon Family Historian, vol. 91, (Aug 1999) pp.221. [Transcription of an article from the Exeter Flying Post for 29 Dec 1838 about flooding in Plymouth]

Hoblyn, Ernie. Historic England: Plymouth: Unique Images from the Archives of Historic England (Historic England Series). Amberley Publishing (2018) 96pp.

Jeaffreson, John Cordy. The manuscripts belonging to the corporation of the borough of Plymouth, Co. Devon. IN: Great Britain. Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts. Report of the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts. London, (1883-84). 32 cm. Appendix, pt. I, p. 262- 284.

Jewitt, Llewellynn Frederick William. A History of Plymouth, etc. London, Plymouth [printed] (1873) 712pp.. [BL - 2366.dd.5] [Index to Chapters 1-4] [Index to Chapters 5-7] [Index to Chapters 8-10] [Index to Chapters 11-15] [Full text]

Lapthorn, William J. F. The Boys' Brigade in Plymouth 1887- 1983. [Plymouth] [34 Sherford Crescent, Elburton, Plymouth PL9 8DU]: [W.J.F. Lapthorn] (1983), 48 pp. ill., facsims., ports.

Lawer, Diane. Get Your Skates On - A History of Plymouth's Roller Skating rinks 1874-1989, Plymouth, Three Towns Publishing (2007) 218 pp. [ISBN-10: 0955744202]

Marlow, Barbara. Plymouth: an itinerant town. Family Tree Magazine 1, 2 (Jan-Feb 1985) pp.24-25.

Morshead, J. Y. A. (John Yonge Anderson). A history of Puslinch. [Plymouth, Devon: W. Brindon] (1916), 9 pp. "Reprinted from the Transactions of the Devonshire Association for the Advancement of Science, Literature, and Art, (1916), [v.] xlviii, pp. 180-188".

Moseley, Brian. Plymouth Walkabout. Plymouth: B.S. Moseley (1979), 111 pp. ill. [ISBN: 0 901676 04 7]

Moseley, Brian. Vanishing Plymouth. Plymouth: B.S. Moseley (1982), 111 pp. ill. [ISBN: 0901676055]

Moseley, Brian. Plymouth Through the Lens: No. 1. Plymouth: B.S. Moseley (1985) 64p. ill. [ISBN: 0 901676 06 3]

Moseley, Brian. Plymouth Through the Lens: No. 2. Plymouth: B.S. Moseley (1985) 64p. ill. [ISBN: 0 901676 07 1]

Moseley, Brian. Plymouth Through the Lens: No. 3. Plymouth: B.S. Moseley (1987) 64p. ill. [ISBN: 0 901676 08]

Moseley, Brian. Plymouth Through the Lens: No. 4. Plymouth: B.S. Moseley (1989) 64p. ill. [ISBN: 0 901676 09 8]

Moseley, Brian. Plymouth Through the Lens: No. 5. Plymouth: B.S. Moseley (1990) 64p. ill. [ISBN: 0 901676 10 1]

Moseley, Brian. Plymouth Through the Lens: No. 6. Plymouth: B.S. Moseley (1993) 64p. ill. [ISBN: 0 901676 11 X]

Norman, Arthur. The Old Road (Ferries and Bridges) of Plymouth, Tree House, Publications, PO Box EX2 6YP.

Norman, Arthur. The Old Street (and Place) Names in Plymouth, Tree House, Publications, PO Box EX2 6YP.

Norman, Arthur. The Water and Windmills of Plymouth, Tree House, Publications, PO Box EX2 6YP.

Outhwaite, Mary (transcr.). "The Way to the Old Tree" by C.W. Bracken, Devon Family Historian, vol. 128, (2008) pp.5-7. [Account of an old mile stone, from Doidge's Western Counties Illustrated Annual, 1932]

Quigley, Laura. Bloody British History - Plymouth. The History Press (2012) 96pp.[ISBN-10: 0752466380]

Pearn, John and Gardner-Thorpe, Christopher. Drake's Leat: Safe Water for a City. Amphion Press, Brisbane, Qd. (2010) 74pp. ISBN 9781864999785. [Book Covers (3MB PDF)]

Pengelly, W. The Literature of the Oreston Caves near Plymouth. Transactions of the Devonshire Association, 1872 , Vol. V, pp. 249-316. [Index]

Phillips, E.M.N. and Copeland, G.W. The Ancient buildings of Plymouth, The Old Plymouth Society (1958?). [Devon FHS Library 292.2/PLY]

Pugh, P.D. Gordon. History of the Royal Naval Hospital, Plymouth. (1972) [DFHS LOC 51]

Radford, Mrs G H. Plymouth china. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 44 (1912) pp. 382-393. [And its manufacture by William Cookworthy, d. 1780] [Index]

Risk, J.Erskine. Some recent revisions of Plymouth history, Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 16 (1884), pp. 553-558. [Index]

Risk, J.Erskine. The rise of Plymouth as a naval port. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 30, (1898) pp.350-361. [Index]

Risk, J.Erskine. The Pilchard “Constitutions” in the White Book of the Plymouth Corporation, 23 & 26 Eliz. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. XXXII, (1900), pp. 515-520. [Index]

Redfern, Percy. The Story of the C.W.S., CWS (1913). [Devon FHS Library 366]

Robinson, Chris. Victorian Plymouth. Pen & Ink Publishing, 34 New Street, Barbican, Plymouth, Devon PL1 2NA. (1991) [ISBN No. 0-9510747-2-5] [Name Index]

Robinson, Chris. Elizabethan Plymouth: A Pictorial review, Pen & Ink Publishing (2002) 128 pp. [ISBN-10: 0951074776] [Devon FHS Library 292.2/PLY]

Robinson, Chris. Union Street, Pen & Ink Publishing, 34 New Street, Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NA (2001).

Robinson, Chris. 150 Years of the Co-operative in Plymouth, Pen & Ink Publishing (2009) 256 pp. [ISBN-10: 0954348087]

Rowe, J.B. Devonshire Gilds: Plymouth and Totnes, Reprinted from the Transactions of the Devonshire Association (1873) 6 pp.

Sambourne, R.C. Plymouth - A Hundred Years of Street Travel, (1974) 104 pp.

Scott-Brown, Evelyn. The epic of the four Eddystone lighthouses. Devon Life vol. 4 no. 31, (1968) pp.32-35; ill.

Selleck, A. Douglas (Albert Douglas). Back along in Plymouth town: stories from Westcountry history: (tales of two centuries). Redruth: Truran (1984), 76 pp. ill., facsims., 1 map, ports. ISBN: 1850220034 (pbk).

Sweetland, Carol. Plymouth Theatres Project, Devon Family Historian, vol. 176, (2020) pp.19-21.

Stapleton, V.G. The Barbican - Plymouth's past. Devon Life vol. 3 no. 24, (1967) pp.38-39; ill.

Stephens, L.W.M. History of the Royal William Yard, Plymouth. [DFHS LOC 87]

Tait, Derek. Plymouth Through Time. Amberley Publishing (2010) 96 pp. [ISBN-10: 144560079X] [Contains 90 old photographs of Plymouth, plus 90 corresponding modern photographs]

Tait, Derek. Plymouth at War Through Time, 2011. Stroud Gloucestershire, Amberley Publishing (2011) 96 pp. [ISBN-10: 1445604264]

Tait, Derek. Plymouth From Old Photographs, 2011. Stroud Gloucestershire, Amberley Publishing (2011) 128 pp. [ISBN-10: 1445604248]

Tait, Derek. Plymouth Transport Through Time. Amberley Publishing (2012) 96 pp. [ISBN-10: 1445607255]

Tapley-Soper, H. Piper Family. Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. IX, (January 1916 to January 1917), p. 31. [Transcript]

Thompson, Barbie. The Cadiz Project: Plymouth 1625 the Path to Civil War, Devon Family Historian, vol. 172, (2019) pp.11-12.

Trewin, John Courtenay. Portrait of Plymouth. London: Hale (1973). ISBN 0 7091 3926 8 pp. 224: plates; maps. [BL - X.809/16977]

Twyford, Henry P. It Came to our Door. Plymouth in the World War ... Photographs by Dermot P. Fitzgerald. (Second impression.) pp. 151. Underhill: Plymouth (1946). [BL - 10359.c.6]

Walling, R.A.J., (Ed.). Plymouth, Plymouth Incorporated Mercantile Association: Plymouth (c1930) 70 p.

Walling, Robert Alfred John. The Story of Plymouth ... With line drawings by Lewis Duckett. [With plates and a map.] pp. 312. Westaway Books: London (1950). [BL - 010368.s.35]

Welch, Charles Edwin. Plymouth City Charters, 1439-1935. A catalogue. [Compiled, with an introduction, by C. E. Welch.) pp. 44. Corporation of Plymouth: [Plymouth,] (1962). [BL - A.R.1757]

Welch, Edwin. Plymouth building accounts of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Exeter, Devon & Cornwall Record Society (1967), xvii, 117 pp. 3 plates, illus., facsim., 2 maps.

White, William. Plymouth History and Directory -1890 (1989) [ISBN 1871918022] [DFHS LOC 34]

Whitfeld, Henry Francis. Plymouth and Devonport, in times of war and peace. pp. xi. 560. 48. E. Chapple: Plymouth (1900). [BL - 2368.dd.7] [Contents & Subscribers]

Wintle, Frank. Plymouth Blitz, Bossiney Books (1981) 96 pp. [ISBN: 0906456517]

Worth, Richard Nicholls. History of the Town and Borough of Devonport, sometime Plymouth Dock. Plymouth (1870). [BL - 10368.b.37]

Worth, Richard Nicholls. History of Plymouth from the earliest period to the present time. [With illustrations.] Plymouth (1871). [BL - 10368.bbb.31] [Full text] [Index (Chaps, I-IX), Index (Chaps X-XVII), Index (Commercial adverts.)]

Worth, R N. William Cookworthy and the Plymouth China Factory. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 8, (1876) pp. 480-496. [Index]

Worth, R.N. Men and manners in Tudor Plymouth. Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 14 (1882), pp. 603-630. [Index]

Worth, R.N. Men and manners in Stuart Plymouth. Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 15 (1883), pp. 455-475. [Index]

Worth, R.N. The Rocks of the Neighbourhood of Plymouth and their Stratigraphical Relations. Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 15 (1883), pp. 396-415. [Index]

Worth, R.N. Some notes on the earlier municipal history of Plymouth, Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 16 (1884), pp. 725-748. [Index]

Worth, R.N. Guide to the Three Towns: And Neighbourhood, Plymouth, W. Brendon and Son (c1886) 136 pp. [Details of DFHS CD Facsimile]

Worth, R.N. On the Occurrence of Human Remains in a Bone Cave at Cattedown, Trans. Devon. Assoc., Vol. XIX (1887) illus., plan, map. pp. 419-437. [Index]

Worth, R.N. The Limestones of the Plymouth District, Trans. Devon. Assoc., Vol. XX, 1888, illus. pp. 410-423. [Index]

Yonge, James. Plymouth memoirs (Plimouth memoir's): a manuscript. London: Produced for the Institution by J. Cape (1951), 123 pp., [3] leaves of plates.

A View of Plymouth-Dock, Plymouth, and the adjacent country, being a description of every object in the vicinity that can interest the stranger or the tourist ... Also an appendix, etc. Plymouth-Dock (1812). [BL - 579.a.51]

The story of John Smeaton and the Eddystone lighthouse, London, T. Nelson (1877) 117 pp. [Westcountry Studies Library s623.8942/EDD/STO]

Plymouth in 1760, Devon Family Historian, No. 70, (May 1994), pp. 10-11.

Plymouth old and new. Wakefield: EP Publishing, (1976), [5], 99 pp. of ill. ISBN: 0715811894.

Francis Frith's Around Plymouth, Tiverton, Halsgrove Press (2000) 90 pp. [ISBN 1859371191]

Adventures at Sea, Devon Family Historian, vol. 120, (2006) pp.37-38. [About H.M. Sloop 'Adventure', commanded by Toias Furneaux of Plymouth, and the massacre of several of its crew in the South Seas in 1773]

Co-operative Congress Souvenir Plymouth 1910. CD068, Devon DFS (2012) [Facsimile of the original book].

Petition: Regarding the Prostitutes in Lambhay Hill: to the Right Worshipful The Mayor of Plymouth, Plymouth 14 March 1828, Devon Family Historian, vol. 163, (2017) p.41.


Jewish History

The Susser Archive contains a number of transcriptions of relevance to the history of Jews in Plymouth.

The wartime history of Plymouth's Jews is portrayed at an  exhibition in the Guardroom at Crownhill Fort.


Land & Property

Transcription of an indenture between Judith Peake and Richard Allyn (1690) provided by Elizabeth Howard. In the possession of the transcriber, Maureen Kenchington.

Elizabethan House  - "The historic property, which dates from the late 1500s [has] been reinterpreted as an immersive visitor experience" (From Visit Plymouth).

Index of heads of Households in Devonshire: Plymouth High Vintry Ward A-L, P.O. Box 339, Blackburn, Victoria, Australia 3130, Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies (2000). [As recorded in Land Tax records 1812-1831]

Index of heads of Households in Devonshire: Plymouth High Vintry Ward M-Z, P.O. Box 339, Blackburn, Victoria, Australia 3130, Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies (2000). [As recorded in Land Tax records 1812-1831]

Index of heads of Households in Devonshire: Plymouth Lower Vintry Ward A-F, P.O. Box 339, Blackburn, Victoria, Australia 3130, Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies (2000). [As recorded in Land Tax records 1780-1831]

Index of heads of Households in Devonshire: Plymouth Lower Vintry Ward G-L, P.O. Box 339, Blackburn, Victoria, Australia 3130, Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies (2000). [As recorded in Land Tax records 1780-1831]

Index of heads of Households in Devonshire: Plymouth Lower Vintry Ward M-R, P.O. Box 339, Blackburn, Victoria, Australia 3130, Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies (2000). [As recorded in Land Tax records 1780-1831]

Index of heads of Households in Devonshire: Plymouth Lower Vintry Ward S-Z, P.O. Box 339, Blackburn, Victoria, Australia 3130, Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies (2000). [As recorded in Land Tax records 1780-1831]



Bracken, Charles William. The obsolete Plymouth manors of Sutton Pyll, Radcliffe and Lulyetts Fee. Devonshire Assoc Trans. (1942) pp211-235.

Snell, Ruth. Inspeximus: Poetry from the manors of The Roborough Hundred. Silverwood Books (2014) 114 pp. [ISBN-13: 978-1781323021] ["Each poem is written with reference to one of the historical manors, and is presented with a short piece of information about the history of the relevant manor."]



Carte de la Baye et Port de Plimouth and Plan Des Ville et Citadelle de Plymouth by Jaques Nicolas Bellin from his 'Petit Atlas Maritime' (1764) - provided by Stuart Moverley (archived copies).

OS 1:500 1892-4 Town Plan of Plymouth, provided by the National Library of Scotland. (The plan consists of 84 sheets - to examine an individual sheet select the appropriate extent in the little grid covering Exeter and click on "Zoom to selected map extent.)"

Ye Olde Maps of Ye Plymouthe of Ye Merrie Englande (archived copy)- provided by Steve Johnson.

Plymouth, Stonehouse and Devonport, from Murray's Handbook for Travellers in Devonshire (1879).

Map of Plymouth from Baedeker's Great Britain, Handbook for Travelers by Karl Baedeker (7th ed., 1910), provided by Alan Gresley (archived copy).

Maps of the Plymouth in George III's Collection of Military Maps.

Map of the area from OldeMaps (circa 1950).

Stuart, Elisabeth. Lost landscapes of Plymouth: maps, charts and plans to 1800. Stroud: Sutton (1991), [224] pp. maps, charts, plans. ISBN: 0862997720.

Street AZ Plan, Plymouth, Vestry Road, Sevonoaks, Kent, TN14 5EP, Geographers A - Z Map Company Ltd. (c 1995) 1 sheet. [ISBN 0-85039-054-0] [Lookups]

Past & Present, Exeter & Exmouth. Cassini [ISBN 978-1-84736-108-0] [Covers an area of 15km * 15km using four Ordnance Survey mapping series to cover four different periods: the mid 19th century, the late 19th century, the1920s and the present-day].

View a map of the boundaries of this town/parish.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX478544 (Lat/Lon: 50.369763, -4.141551), Plymouth which are provided by:


Merchant Marine

Avery, John. The Wreck of the "Shamrock", Plymouth 3rd November 1899, Devon Family Historian, vol. 120, (2006) pp.10. [Based on a report in the Western Evening Herald]

Avery, John. Alarming Accident at Plymouth on 9th September 2875 - A news report, Devon Family Historian, vol. 147, (2013) pp.25-25.

Hicks, Gareth E. Plymouth's Other Fleet: The Merchant Shipping Registers of the Port of Devon 1814-1876, CD-ROM, Plymouth Record Office (2007). [ISBN 0-9552265-0-3]

Hogg, Gabriel. The dock in Hamoaze. Devon Life vol. 6 no. 45 (1970) pp.18-19; ill. [1677-1970]

Kennerley, Alston. Navigation school and training ship: provision in Plymouth for the mercantile marine in the ninteenth century. Exeter Papers Economic Hist. 13, (1980) pp.53-77; map, ill.

Knight, Charles. Old England: a pictorial museum of regal, ecclesiastical, municipal, baronial, and popular antiquities - Vol. 2. Sangster and Fletcher, London (1860?) 508pp. [Contains a well-illustrated account of the first Eddystone Lighthouse, and of its destruction, and the death of Henry Winstanley its builder, in a great storm in 1703] [Full text]

Langley, Martin and Small, Edwina Millbay Docks. Devon Books (1988) 48pp. [DFHS Library p942.35/PLY]

Merry, Ian D. The shipping and trade of the River Tamar, [London], Nat. Maritime Mus. (1984) 2 vols: ill, map. [ISBN 0905555791] [Westcountry Studies Library px387/TAM/MER]]

Mitchell, Peter and Roseveare, Roy. Ship Wrecks around Plymouth Sound, Plymouth, P.D.S. Printers Ltd. 32 pp. [ISBN 0 901474 16 9] [Mainly post-1900 boats, naming captains in some cases.]

Moseley, Brian. Shipping on the River Dart. Plymouth: B.S. Moseley (1965). [ISBN: 0 901676 04 7]

Pearse, Richard. The Batten Castle: the account book of a small home-trade sailing vessel, 1852-66. Exeter Papers Economic Hist. 13, (1980) pp.127-136.

Salsbury, Alan. A History of the Plymouth Lifeboats: Two centuries of courage, Halsgrove (2002) 160 pp. [ISBN 1841142751]

Stephens, W.B. The foreign trade of Plymouth and the Cornish ports in the early 17th century. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 101, (1969) pp.125-137.

Walsh, Ailsa. My Merchant Navy Ancestors, Devon Family Historian, vol. 131, (August 2009) pp.4-7. [About the seafaring ancestors of Emily Kemp of Plymouth - surnames Turnbull (N.E. England), Sadler (East Stonehouse), and Langdon (Stokeinteighnhead).]

Woodhouse, H.B.S. Louis the Fourteenth and the Eddystone Lighthouse. Trans. Devon Assoc., 1890, Vol XXII, pp. 250-254. [Index]

Worth, R.N. A Controversy Touching Ship-Money in the Reign of James I. Trans. Devon. Assoc., 1888, Vol XX, pp.312-331. [Index]

The Box in Plymouth, Devon Family Historian, vol. 174, (2020) pp.12-13. [Re the collection of ship's figureheads]


Military History

Role of Honour of Plymouth Civilian War Dead, 1939-5 - transcription by Terry Williams.

An account of the Crownhill Fort, provided by The Landmark Trust.

Account of the Royal Citadel from the BBC.

Detailed listing of several thousand workers in the Plymouth Dock Yard (1779).

Burnard, R. News from the West, 1643-1646. Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 21 1889, pp. 210-227. [Index]

Colburn, Jeremiah. A List of the Americans Committed to Old Mill Prison Since the American War. New England Historical and Genearlogical Register vol. 19 (1865) pp. 74-75. ["This prison was situated on a promontory, projecting into the Sound, between Plymouth and Plymouth Dock."]

Criddle, M. The Royal Citadel, Plymouth. [SoG Library]

Cutler, Rev. Samuel. Prison Ships, and the "Old Mill Prison", Plymouth, England, 1777. New England Historical and Genearlogical Register vol. 32 (1877) pp. 42-44, 184-188, 305-307 and 395-398.

Digby, Colonel Sir John and Kerr, Colonel. Sir John Digby's letter to Colonel Kerr of Plymouth, Perswading him to betray his Trust, and deliver up the Town and Forts of Plymouth, to the King's Party; Together with Col. Kerrs Answer, London, Edw. Husband (1645) 8 pp.

Palmer, C.E.G. The Tower of the West: Plymouth and the Civil War (1997). [Devon FHS Library p942.35/PLY]

Stapley, Shirley. A War Time Tragedy, Devon Family Historian, no. 180 (2021) pp.6-7. [On the bombing of an air raid shelter in Central Park, Plymouth.]

Tait, Derek. Plymouth at War, NPI Media Group (2006) 128 pp. [ISBN-10: 0752438506]

Tait, Derek. Plymouth in the Great War, Barnsley, Pen and Sword Books (2015) 144 pp. [ISBN-13: 978-1783462858]

Thompson, Barbie. The Cadiz Project: Plymouth 1625 the Path to Civil War, Devon Family Historian, vol. 172, (2019) pp.11-12.

Worth, R.N. The Siege Accounts of Plymouth. Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 17 (1885), pp. 215-239. [Index]

A True Narration of the Most Observable Passages, in and at The Late Siege of Plymouth, from the fifteenth Day of September 1643, untill the twenty first of December following.... Printed by L.N. for Francis Eglesfeild, and are to be sold at the signe of the Marygold in Pauls Church-yard (1644) 20p.

Chatham, Plymouth and Potsmouth Memorial Registers 1914-1921, Family Tree Magazine. CD, S&N Genealogy Supplies (2009)


Names, Geographical

Churcher, Elizabeth. A town full of old names. Devon Life vol. 10 no. 85 (1973) pp.32-33; ill.

Harris, W. Best. Place Names of Plymouth, Dartmoor and Tamar Valley (1987). [ISBN 0904593126] [Devon FHS Library 942.35]

Woodhouse, Henri B.S. The Significance of some early forms of the name Eddystone. Trans. Devon Assoc., vol. XVIII, (1886), pp. 424-428. [Index]


Names, Personal

Names from an 1822-23 edition of Pigot's Directory.

Outhwaite, Mary. Plymouth Constables in 1812, Devon Family Historian, vol. 126, (2008) pp.32-33. [List of 35 constables, taken from Pictures of Plymouth (1822)]

Robinson, Chris. Letter Backs Nancy Astor for MP, Devon Family Historian, vol. 170, (2019) p.47. [A 1919 petition giving the names and addresses of 42 "newly-enfranchised Plymouth ladies".]

Worth, R.N. Residents in the "Three towns" in 1522-3. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 26, (1894) pp.401-415. [Index]

Borough of Plymouth: Free tenants of the Corporation 1781. Devon Family Historian 48- supplement (Nov 1988)

Borough of Plymouth: Town rentals 1780-1781. Devon Family Historian 49-52, 54- supplements (Feb 1989 - May 1990)



The Plymouth Evening Herald "website".

Western Morning News web-site.

Beckerlewgge, John J. The Thunderbolt: a Plymouth newspaper. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 78, (1946) pp.259-264.

Gill, Crispin. The Western Morning News 1860-1985. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 117, (1985) pp.195-226: ill.

Snetzler, M.F., (Ed.). London Gazette: Devon extracts 1665-1850, Vol. 2, part 1. Plymouth 1665- 1765, Devon Family History Society (1989) 172p. [ISBN 1871822025] [Westcountry Studies Library - sx070/DEV/LON]



Pictures from the Applause SouthWest website (partially archived), result of a partnership between Plymouth Library Services, the University of Plymouth and Theatre Royal Plymouth, provides "an extensive archive of playbills, photographs and programmes from the eighteenth century to the present day".

Apprenticeship records held by the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office - Apprentices 1570-1910 - 5,320 indexed records and record images.

Bryant, W.N. Plymouth borough police force, 1852. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 36:02, (1987) pp.58-60.

Chiswell, Ann. Index to Plymouth Quarter Sessions: List of Victualling Houses (West Devon Record Office W707). Devon Family Historian 41 (Jan 1987) pp. 26-30, 42 (Apr 1987) pp. 16-18.

Jenkins, Rhys. Paper-making in Devon. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 8:4, (1914) pp.119-121. - [Introduced by French refugees Dennis Manes & Marin Regnault, 1683-1690].

Madge, Mervyn. Some Plymouth apothecaries. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 35:4, (1983) pp.159-160.

Mumford, Clive Tregarthen. Fighters of the Old Como, A history of Plymouth Boxing 1907-24, Plymouth, Copycraft (printer) (1975) 200 pp. [11 pages of names in the index and references] [ Lookups]

Rendle, R.S. The Goldsmiths and Silversmiths of Plymouth, c.1600-1800 (1986). [Devon FHS Library p739.2]

Robinson, Chris. Plymouth Pubs: Past & Present (2 vols). Pen & Ink Publishing, 34 New Street, Barbican, Plymouth, Devon PL1 2NA. [ISBN 0-9510747-4-1 and 0-9510747-3-3] [Describes over 200 public houses, giving for each a list of the known licensees, mainly from the early to mid 1800s but a few going back to the 1790s.]

Saunders, E.G.Symes. Plymouth silver. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 69, (1937) pp.287-288.

Jobs for the Boys? Stories of local men and work, Plymouth, Plymouth Library Services (2005?). [Testimonies from 33 men who worked in the Devonport Dockyard]

Jobs for the Girls? Stories of local women and work, Plymouth, Plymouth Library Services (2005?). [The words of many women who worked in Plymouth during the twentieth century. This illustrated book describes typical work pre- the Second World War, and the impact that the war had on women's employment, both during 1939-45 and subsequently]



Transactions of the Plymouth Institution. Plymouth: Printed and Published by Rowe. Sold by Baldwin and Cradock, London (1830). 360 pp. [Contents]

Transactions of the Plymouth Institution and Devon and Cornwall Natural History Society 1861-62. Isaiah W N Keys, 52 Bedford Street, Plymouth (1862) 190 pp. [Surname Index]


Poor Houses, Poor Law

Plymouth Orphanages (archived copy) - from the Plymouth Data website.

Index to Plymouth Union Workhouse (1851 Census) - archived copy, by Ray Osborn.

Bryant, W.N. Poor relief in early Victorian Plymouth. Devon Historian 35, (1987) pp.21-22. [1845-1853]

Miller-Hudson, John A. The Relief of poverty in Plymouth: The role of charitable benefactions 1480-1660. Exeter Papers Economic Hist. 3, (1970) pp.9-28.


Probate Records

Transcripts of the wills of John Brabant (1753), Anthony Windyett (1686), Andrew Wingett (1812), and Jane Wingett (1827) by Sandra Windeatt.

Transcripts of the wills of James Britnell Wingyett (1842), John Bowles Wingyett (1842) and William Wingett (1855) by Pam Jackson, provided by Sandra Windeatt.

Summary of the will of George Mallett (1737), provided by Mike Mallett.

Transcript of the will of John Waycott (1759) by Maureen Kenchington.

Transcripts of the wills of George Hearder (1810), George Parry Hearder (1846) and Jonathan Hearder (1839) provided by Ian Hearder.

Transcript of the will of Nathaniel France (1812), provided by Anne Hawkins.

The Wills of Admiral Sir John Hawkins, and of Sir Richard and Dame Margaret Hawkins, provided by Devon Heritage.

Inland Revenue will of John Bath (1839), transcribed by Melba Jarvis Miller.

Wills of Sarah Champernowne (1717), Thomas Lanyon (1727), John Philpott (1766), Robert Ritchie (1775)Peard Jillard (1814), Joseph Moore (1829), Mary Edyvean (1833), William Queade (1836), James Gasking Ellery (1837), Draper Windsor (1837), and Richard Curgenven Smith (1844), transcribed by Ros Dunning.

Will of Richard Ash Gohegan (1854), transcribed by Irene Marlborough.

Will of Philip Bastard (1811), transcribed by David Davy.

Wills of Nicholas Blake (1646), James Randell (1645) and Joanna Earle (1755), transcribed by Bev Edmonds.

Wills of Nicholas Blake (1646), and Jane Blake (1845) transcribed by Elizabeth Kipp.

Reynell-Upham, W. U. Anthony Goddard and the Defences of Plymouth. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 9:2, (1916) pp. 52-53. [Index] [Transcript]



Bracken, Charles William. A History of the Plymouth Public School. pp. 75. Underhill: Plymouth, [1927.] [BL - 08364.de.47]

Bracken, C.W. The Plymouth Grammar School. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 76, (1944) pp.141-166.

Bright, Denise. Moorfield School, Plymouth, Devon, Devon Family Historian, vol. 154, (2015) pp.34-36.

Moseley, Brian Sydney. A short history of Sutton High School, Plymouth. (Second edition.) Plymouth: B. S. Moseley (1970). ISBN 901676 01 2 pp. 7. [BL - X.510/11422]

Pascoe, W.H. We'll Meet Again . . .? Where . . . ? When, Devon Family Historian, vol. 109, (2004) pp.21-25. [About the Class of 1926 at Sutton High School, Plymouth.]

Parsons, P.G. Widey High School for Boys, Plymouth 1914-1988. [DFHS Library p373/PLY]

Notre Dame High School, Plymouth. Its history, development and present-day activities. pp. 16. British Publishing Co.: Gloucester, [1950.] [BL - 08366.m.8.

Greycoat school, Plymouth - an index of over 9500 entries taken from surviving school records from 1735 to 1972. Devon Family History Society (2012) CD 051.



Plymouh Freemasons - histories of  Brunswick Lodge and Victory Lodge.

Plymouth Archaeology Society - "consists mainly of amateur members with an enthusiastic interest in a wide range of archaeological disciplines. We wish to share our enthusiasm for archaeology in general and provide better knowledge and support for the abundant local sites in our area. Visitors are invited to attend any of our regular meetings . . ."



Worth, R.N. Residents in the 'three towns' in 1522-3. Trans. Devon Assoc. 26 (1894) pp.401-415.


Voting Registers

LDS Family Search proved nearly 60,000 indexed records and record images, from The Plymouth Electoral Rolls, 1781-1973.