Thursday, September 26, 2013

Woosnam, Richard 吳士南 (1841)

updated November 25, 2013

BA 1840, MA 1845 (Cantab.)(Gonville and Caius College); MRCS. Bombay Army 1840-59, Surgeon, June 20, 1840, posted at Aden. Surgeon to Henry Pottinger, British Plenipotentiary to China 1841. Hong Kong 1841-1844. Secretary to Henry Pottinger, when High Commissioner at Cape of Good Hope, and Governor of Madras. Retired to Glandwr, Llanidloes, Wales 1859. Resided at Knapp Charlton Kings, near Cheltenham 1862. JP, Breconshire. Magistrate, Brecknock and Montgomery. Chairman, combined school-boards of the borough and parish of Llanidloes. High Sheriff, Montgomeryshire 1878. Honor: China War Medal (1842) 1843.

HONG KONG 1841 - May 1844. Surgeon to Henry Pottinger, British Plenipotentiary to China, second Administrator of Hong Kong, August 1841 – June 1843 and first Governor of Hong Kong, June 1843 - May 1844. Assistant Secretary of Legation. Deputy Colonial Secretary. JP (official) 1843, one of the first 44 JPs appointed for Hong Kong.

b. April 9, 1815, Llanidloes, Montgomeryshire, Wales - d. November 27, 1888, Tyn-y-graig, Co. Brecon (or Builth), bur. Llanidloes. s/o Bowen Woosnam (solicitor; first Mayor of Glandwr, Llanidloes, Montgom) and Elizabeth Cole. Siblings: 1. Charles Thomas Woosnam, solicitor. 2. James Bowen Woosnam, b.1812 [1]. 4. Elizabeth Alice Woosnam, m. Rev. George Fisher, of the Royal Hospital Greenwich.
m. Margaret Bell; d/o William Bell, of Co. Kildare. Had issues: 1. Margaret Helena Woosnam, b.1847-d.1928. 2. Caroline Eliza Woosnam, b.1849. 3. Bowen Pottinger Woosnam, b.1850-d.1909. 4. Richard Burgass Woosnam, b. September 19, 1851, Madras; BA 1874; solicitor, address: Newton Abbot, Devon. 5. Charles William Woosnam, b.1854-d.1920. 6. Mary Woosnam, b.1857.

[Woosnam owned two house situated (easternmost) on Queen's Road nlt. 1860. He gave instructions to Jardine, Matheson & Co., as his agent, to dispose of these properties on July 9, 1862].

[1] James Bowen Woosnam was in the army and his final rank was Army Major-General, Inspector-General of Ordnance. He married Agnes Bell, sister of Margaret Bell, Richard Woosnam's wife. They lived in India between 1841 and 1860, and raised six daughters and two sons, all born in India. Their second daughter Esther (Etty), d.1842, was the author of two notable books about women in the Bible: Women of the Bible, Old Testament (London: Partridge, 1881) and Women of the Bible, New Testament (London: Partridge, 1885).

Selected bibliography: The Asiatic Journal and Monthly Register for British and Foreign India, China, and Australia, September - December, 1840, London: Wm. H. Allen & Co., 1840. Biographical History of Gonville and Caius College: 1349-1895. Calendar of Probates and Administration Granted by the Supreme Court of Hong Kong during the Year 1892. de Groot, Christiana (Ed.), Taylor, Marion Ann (Ed.), Recovering Nineteenth-century Women Interpreters of the Bible, [s.l.]:Society of Biblical  Literature, 2007. Janus: the Jardine Matheson Archive [internet]. The Peerage [internet]. rootsweb [internet].


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