Samuel Reddish

(8 April 1775 - 13 August 1812)
     Samuel Reddish was christened on 8 April 1775 in St Giles in the Fileds, Holborn, Middlesex. Samuel Reddish, son of Samuel & Mary. He was the son of Samuel Reddish and Mary Ann Costello.
     In an article about the Drury Lane Theatrical Fund celebrations dated 25 March 1830 it was stated: An interesting subject-viz; "A provision for the Orphan Children of Decayed Actors: - was discussed; and Mr Thompson with the view of illustrating what great advantages had accrued from the exertions of the Drury-Lane Fund, in the year 1789, and who had searched and collated the Records handed down form the highly gifted founder of the Society, David Garrick, read an ancient Letter, "dated September 1789," which he had selected from many others, which proved that the son of an actress of Drury-Lane Theatre had, by his talents, become Prime Minister of England (Canning); and the next brother Samuel Reddish, an orphan was reared, well read, indifferently clothed, but certainly classically educated, by the Drury-Lane Benevolent Fund! Young Samuel (as appears from after correspondence) became an accomplished scholar and gentleman; but his talents (backed by the interest of Sheridan and his brother George) no sooner raised him to a high civil situation abroad, than he died!
We give a copy verbatim of the boy's whimsical letter, as a proof of an ardent mind, whose young ambition was properly directed: -
"To the directors of the Drury- Lane Theatrical Fund, "Scorton, September 20, 1789.
"Gentlemen - Having now attained an age when I must shortly expect your kind guardianship to cease, permit the feeling heart of a grateful but inexperienced boy to thank you for your more than paternal kindness. The sound and liberal education which your bounty has bestowed on me will, I hope, enable me to struggle courageously with the great world into which I am so shortly to be thrown: and in whatever situation chance may place me, I shall acquit myself with that unsullied reputation which it will be the anxiety and ambition of my life to attain and preserve. I now venture on a last intrusion on your liberality; I learn, from my reading, that in the world, a light accomplishment frequently prove a recommendation, when sound erudition passes unnoticed. In your attention to my head, my dear and kind guardians, my heels have been totally neglected! I have never learned to dance, though I am graced as the best classic scholar at Scorton. I am very graceless at entering a room; if you will allow my last six months tuition to include dancing, your now grateful boy may, perhaps, when a man, be spar'd many a blush for his heels, in that society where his head may chance to place him! I hope you will pardon the vanity of an ambitious boy, and grant his request - and if would add to that kindness, by allowing a new pair of leather breeches for present use - five and nine pence arrears for cricket bats and fruit, and only three months Italian - I think I shall then be 'arm'd at all points" and ready to encounter those worldly difficulties which to the buoyancy of youth are always light".
The following was the laconic answer from the Fund Committee:
"Cricket bats, Italian literature and new leather breeches - allow'd
"Dancing - Oppos'd! - as unnecessary to a Classical Scholar; but it will be taken into consideration next month."
The reading of the Epistle and its eccentric answer excited much admiration and laughter; and after the transaction of some routine business, the Committee adjourned
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     Samuel served in the New South Wales Corps as a Sergeant from 1794 to 1797 in Australia. Army records show: Muster roll of detachment: Received from Capt Mason's Company 10th Aug (1793?) Saml Reddish appointed Sergeant 10th Aug. The June-Dec 1794 Muster rolls show: Intermediate list - Samuel Reddish embarked 10 September. Appointed Corporal 30 Oct 1794, Sergeant 8th Dec 1794. He disappears from army records between Dec 24 1796 & June 1797. There is no muster roll for 1797.
     Samuel Reddish travelled to New South Wales, on 25 October 1794 per the "Surprize". He embarked for NSW 13th Feb 1794 on the "Surprize" (refer HO11/1 reels 87-88). Index to Home Office records at PRO - lists of transports sailing from London 1787-1836. The "Surprize" was on her second voyage to Australia, she carried 23 men & 60 women when she left England on 2 May 1794. Arrived 25 Oct 1794, 400 ton ship, master Patrick Campbell, surgeon James Thomson. She touched only at Rio, making the passage in 176 days and landed her prisoners without loss. Her convicts included 4 of the Scottish martyrs.
     The transport "Surprize" arrived from England carrying John Boston (with wife & 3 children), Matthew Pearce (& wife) and a young man named Ellis who who were free migrants, also William Baker, formerly a sergeant in the Marine Corps came as superintendent of convicts. By this ship Grose received several letters describing the cargo and the passengers. A letter from Dundas of Feb 15 formally notified him of Capt Hunter's appointment as Governor. Collins was incensed by the type of people sent out by Government. "A guard of an ensign and 21 privates of the NSW Corps were on board the transport. Six of these people were deserters from other regiments brought from the Savoy ...
     Samuel Reddish was granted land on 19 November 1794 in Lane Cove, New South Wales, Australia. He was granted 25 acres at Lane Cove, Hunters Hill by Francis Grose on 19 Nov 1794 for an annual quit rent of one shilling payable from 19 Nov 1799.
     Samuel Reddish lived at Norfolk Island, from 1 July 1795. On 1 July 1795 he arrived at the Norfolk Island Garrison, and was victualled for 182 days. He is mentioned in the Philip Gidley King papers as having supplied 290 lbs of salt beef in 1795-1796. Oct 3 1795 State of the settlement Norfolk Island - 2 sergeants.
     He is listed as arriving at Norfolk Island on the "Fancy" in the 1792-95 muster rolls indexed in theTasmanian colonial index.
     Samuel Reddish received a letter dated 30 January 1800. We hold a letter cover addressed to Samuel Reddish Esq. Post Office, Portsmouth, from London January thirtieth 1800, Geo Canning (freepost).. He received a prayer book from Mary Ann Costello on 12 February 1800 in Portsmouth, Hampshire. This was in the possession of John Ashby Hooper and is signed "the last gift of an affectionate mother, to S Reddish, may he be virtuous and happy, M A Hunn, Portsmouth 12 Feb 1800" presumably given on his departure for Barbados to be Comptroller of Customs at Bridgetown.
     Samuel Reddish arrived in February 1800 at West Indies. Samuel was Comptroller of Customs in Falmouth, Trelawney parish, Jamaica, from 1800. At his marriage on 31 Aug 1800 aged 25, he was Comptroller of Customs, Bridgetown, Barbados then became Collector of H M Customs at Falmouth, Jamaica.
     Samuel Reddish married Dorothy Ashby, daughter of John Lewis Ashby and Margaret Rebecca Vodry, on 31 August 1800 in St Michael, Bridgetown, Barbados. Married August 31 1800 Dorothy Ashby, daughter of John Lewis Ashby and Margaret Rebecca his wife to Samuel Reddish Esq. Comptroller of His Majesties Customs, Bridge Town, Barbados.
     Samuel was in London for part of 1803 and offered to take his half-brother Frederick under his wing in the West Indies..
     He produced a book "A digest of the laws of the Customs, as they relate to the plantations, carefully compiled from the statutes at large, 1805" No copy survives. Canning descrbed him as "bold, wild fellow".
     On the 5th February, a meeting took place near Kingston, in Jamaica, between the Hon H J Hinchecliffe, Judge of the Court of Vice Admiralty there, and Samuel Reddish, Esq.
Collector of the Customs at Falmouth and Montego Bay, and brother in law to Mr Canning ; who was appointed, to the situation when Mr C. was in power. The parties having exchanged three ineffectual shots, the seconds interfered, and adjusted the affair'. The meeting was in consequence of a report that the latter gentleman sent home to the Commissioners of the Customs, insinuating, that Mr Hinchcliffe leaned to the mercantile interest.
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     Caveats entered in this Office [Secretary's].
On whose Estate. Samuel Reddish. By whom entered. Dorothy Reddish.
     Samuel died on 13 August 1812 in Martha Brae, Trelawney parish, Jamaica, aged 37. August 13th 1812. This morning at 1/2 past ten o'clock died Samuel Reddish, father of above at his house at Martha Brae on the island of Jamaica where he resided as Collector of His Majesty's customs at the Port of Falmouth.
He may be the father of William Reddish, mulatto born c. 1811, living at Kingston in 1817, and possibliity grandfather of Diana Reddish, born 1817, a creole of Trelawney.
. He was buried on 14 August 1812 in Trelawney paish.

Child of Samuel Reddish and Dorothy Ashby

Children of Samuel Reddish

Child of Samuel Reddish and J Cranston

Jordan (Boy) Costello

( - after 1641)
     Jordan (Boy) Costello was born in Ireland. He was the son of Unknown Costello and Unknown Jordan.
     A Jordan Costello seemingly of Aghamore parish - settled on 159 acres in Kilbeagh parish Connacht transplantations. In the Books of Survey & Distribution [1641] he disposed of lands (Taubrackane & Creggane,etc.) in Kilcoman parish to Miles Costello and Lord Dillon.
     Jordan died after 1641 in Tullaghaun, Kilcoman/Annagh, Mayo, Ireland.
     Certificate of the Archdiocese of Tuam of a grant of administration of the goods of Jordan Costello to his brother, April 28, 1686.

Children of Jordan (Boy) Costello

Edmond Costello

(before 1640 - )
     The greater part of his property was confiscated by Oliver Cromwell in consequence of his attachment to the cause of the Stuarts & three of the younger sons being thus deprived of their inheritance & unable to be in Army or Navy because of their Roman Catholicism went into business in Dublin. Edmond Costello was born before 1640 in Mayo, Ireland. He was the son of Jordan (Boy) Costello.
     Edmond Costello married Unknown Dowell before 1680.
     Edmond Costello was party to a land transaction on 24 September 1743 in Clondettying, Mayo, Ireland. Indenture of lease & release dated 24 & 26 September 1743 between Jordan Costello of Clondettying, barony of Costello, co. Mayo, Gent & Mary Costello otherwise Doyle, widow & mother of the said Jordan Costello on the one part & Edmond Costello of the city of Dublin esq.... for £400 did sell, etc. unto Edmond Costello all the lands of Cahir and Derrygay.
     Edmond died in Ireland.