Robert Hooper

(before 1560 - 1596?)
     Robert Hooper was also known as Hopper in records. He was born before 1560. He was the son of Patriarch Hooper.
     Robert died in 1596? In Stitchill, Roxburghshire. He may be the Robert Hooper, A M, of Nether Stitchell who died in 1596 leaving 7 children including a son Robert..
In 1598, Robert Hopper seems to have been owner of part of Nether Stitchel. In that year, Robert Hopper was served heir male of his father, Robert Hopper, in two husbandlands, with pasture, in the town and territory of the lordship of Stitchel. . He's heir was Robert Hooper on 26 February 1600 in Stitchell, Roxburghshire.

Child of Robert Hooper

Robert Hooper

(before 1580 - )
     Robert Hooper was born before 1580. He was the son of Robert Hooper. Robert Hooper was served heir to Robert Hooper on 26 February 1600 in Stitchell, Roxburghshire.
Robert Hooper inherited from his father two husbandlands (26 acres) in Nether Stitchill, which were kirklands, with the pasturage "in the town, territory and lordship of Stitchill". The Rev David Courtie, who was minister (1613-55) states that of the five kirklands "twa quhairof is possest be Robert Hoppar haldine of the pryorie of Eccles payand thairfoir xxxv schillingis at twa terms togidder with x schillings reservit forth at his richtis to the Lairds of Lochinvar. Twa possesst be Robert Pringill of Blindie haldine of the viccar ... It was probably in those lands of Robert Hopper's that King James VI, on 27 June 1606, invested George Home of Eccles as narrated.

Robert Hooper

Child of Robert Hooper and Margaret Dickinson

Dr Robert Hooper

(12 February 1773 - 6 May 1835)
     Dr Robert Hooper was born on 12 February 1773 in St Marylebone, Westminster, Middlesex, England. He was the son of John Hooper and Mary Fawler. Dr Robert Hooper was christened on 11 March 1773 in St Marylebone.
     Robert matriculated  at St Andrews University, Scotland. MD 9 July 1794 (Renewed in 1805) on testimonials signed by William Rowley MD, Member of the University of Oxford and Morgan Hugo Kennedy MD, London.
     Robert matriculated at Pembroke College, Oxford University, on 24 October 1796.
On Feb 26 1798, Robert Hooper, MD, FMS, FLS, of Pembroke College Oxford, was awarded the Silver Medal by the Medical Society of London for his paper on the Worms infesting the Human Intestines.
We have a photograph of an engraving by N Bronwhite of S Medley's painting of "some of the principal institutors" of the Medical Society of London, published R Wilkinson, 1801. Robert Hooper is seated, hands crossed, holding the quill pen. He was the Secretary. In 1805 he is listed as a Fellow of the Medical Society of London, and as being at the Marylebone Infirmary. In 1822 & 1827 he was at 21 Saville Row, Bond St, and later was of Bentinck St, as well as owning The Cottage, Stanmore, Middlesex. He retired to Stanmore in 1829.
Dr Robert Hooper married Elizabeth Ann Reynell on 3 June 1802 in St Leonard, Shoreditch, London. They were both single and of this parish. They married by licence. He was mentioned at their niece Elizabeth Reynel's wedding to J Harper in 1812 - the ceremony was performed by Rev Thomas Poole Hooper.
In the 1803 The London Medical and Physical Journal, Volume 9, Dr Robert Hooper is listed as Secretary.
The publication of 'The Anatomist's vade mecum' by Dr Robert Hooper, M.D., Fellow of the Linnaean and London Medical Societies, resident physician to the St Mary la bonne Infirmary, etc., was announced in the newspapers.. Robert was a doctor from 1806. Robert Hooper MD was born in London and received his scholastic education under Dr Rutherford at Uxbridge; on leaving which he commenced the study of medicine in London and became apothecary to the parochial infirmary of Marylebone. Shortly after the appointment to that office, he entered himself at Pembroke College, Oxford, and as a member of that house proceeded AB 18th March 1803; AM 28th June 1804; MB 12 July 1804. Some obstacles being opposed to his further progress at Oxford, he was created doctor of medicine by the University of St Andrews 16 Dec 1805, and was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians 23 Dec 1805. He settled in Savile Row, began to lecture on the practice of medicine, and for many years commanded a numerous class. He devoted much time to pathological anatomy, and accumulated a very valuable collection of morbid specimens. Dr Hooper was a man of immense industry, a sound practical physician and a good writer, and was much esteemed by his professional brethren. His Physician's "Vade Mecum" and his "Medical Dictionary" retain their popularity to the present time. He held the office of physician to the Marylebone Infirmary, and long enjoyed an extensive and lucrative business. Having accumulated a competency, he retired from practice in 1829, and withdrew to Stanmore, but he died in Bentinck St, Manchester Square on 6 May, 1835, in the 63rd year of his age.
The Lancet pp.493-4: There are several incidents both in the private and public life of this eminent physician which are deserving of notice. Dr Hooper had retired for some years past from the toils of a practitioner, and resided at Stanmore after realizing an ample fortune. Having been attacked by a disease in the bladder and adjacent parts, he came to London, where obtained the assistance of several of his medical friends, but he survived his visit only a few weeks, and died in the beginning of May last, having reached the 66th year of his age. Dr Hooper's early days hold forth to youth a most praiseworthy example, and exhibits the fruits of industry during that period of life. Endowed with considerable talents, he commenced the profession as the House Apothecary of the Marylebone Workhouse - an institution which, though not "recognised" by the monopolists, afforded ample means for the cultivation of medical education and observation. The opportunities which Dr Hooper here possessed were well employed, and he made a very extensive collection of preparations, both of natural and pathological anatomy. At no very advanced period he became an author, and his "Vade Mecum" and "Dictionary", though they were not stamped by the hand of genius, yet have proved highly useful works to the medical public, and not less than 20,000 copies of his "Vade Mecum" have been sold. He also published a work on the pathology of the brain. With a laudable desire to rise in his profession, and to enable him to practise as a physician, he went to Oxford in order to obtain a degree, and after passing the prescribed "terms", he became a Bachelor of Medicine at that University. At this period it must be recollected that the London College of Physicians was shining in all its glory! Monopoly had arrived at its acme, corruption swayed its sceptre in every avenue of the profession, and tyranny ruled unmolested in the sanctum of Pall Mall East. The circumstances of Hooper having been a subordinate, but, far more, his having already acquired a high character for diligence in the pursuit of medical science, were deemed cogent reasons by the dowagers of the venerable and ancient Institution of Warwick Lane, to regard him as an unfit person to become a Fellow of the College, and tarnish its hallowed walls with the flame of the Work-house laboratory. To prevent the project of Hooper became therefore an important consideration in the eyes of the monopolists, and to their immortal honour be it told that a plan was concocted and successfully carried into execution, by which Mr Hooper, after having become a BM was checked in his progress, and refused the degree of MD by the College.
At a moment like the present, Dr Hooper's case is big with interest, as it displays the true principles and "high moral feelings" on which the College of Physicians have acted, and their absurd and wicked system of conferring medical degrees. Sir Christopher Pegg, a Fellow of the College, was, at the period referred to, professor of anatomy at Oxford, and he it was whom the venerable College employed in the unchristian duty of preventing Dr Hooper from obtaining the medical degree at Oxford; and were the name of Pegg known only as that of the hireling of the corrupt Fellows, that circumstance alone would render his memory contemptible in the estimation of all good men.

It now only remained for Hooper to enter the College as a Licentiate and that step he accomplished by the purchase of a Scotch degree. He then practised as a physician, and rapidly acquired fame, which only made him the more odious in the eyes of the Pall Mall elite, whilst their injustice and jealousy materially promoted his interests, by gaining for him the support of a mass of the community who are ever ready to stretch forth their aid to assist the oppressed.
In private life Dr Hooper was justly esteemed as benevolent and good man.
He is described as a medical writer in the Dictionary of National Biography..
     Dr Robert Hooper was mentioned in the will of John Benjamin Hooper dated 22 June 1807.
Dr Robert Hooper and William Hooper, George Henry Hooper, Rev Thomas Poole Hooper and John Benjamin Hooper were mentioned on 2 November 1820.
Dr Robert Hooper was recorded on the 1821 census in 13 Bentinck St, Marylebone, Westminster, Middlesex. 1 male aged between 40 & 50 & 2 females (1 between 15 & 20, the other between 20 & 30) occupied the house, but not described as a family..
Dr Robert Hooper was listed in a directory dated 1830 as a surgeon at 1 London Road, London.
Dr Robert Hooper was recorded on the 1831 census in Marylebone, Westminster Middlesex. He was listed as a professional or other educated man and the females were described as servants..
     Dr Robert Hooper made a will dated 3 May 1835 in Bentinck St, St Marylebone, Westminster. Sunday 3 May 1835 Bentinck St, I Robert Hooper of Gt Stanmore, Middlesex, M.D. now in perfect state of mind do make this my last will & testament. I give unto my brother the Rev Thomas Poole Hooper rector of Sompting Ssx £250 p.a., my brother William Hooper of the North Bank, St John's Wood and of Finchley, Mdx £2000 for ever, unto William Benjamin Hooper, son of the same William Hooper my brother the sum of £15 for ever, 4. unto John James Hooper son of the same William Hooper my brother the sum of £1500 forever. 5. unto James Martin Lloyd Esq. gent. of Camden Town Mdx ... to George Ezekial Varenne Esq. of Kelveden Essex, surgeon ... & Mary his sister of the same place ... unto Frederick William Goodyer of Bentinck St, surgeon ... unto each of my nephews living at my decease £50, residue to my brother George Henry Hooper esq. of Bloomsbury Square and Coleman St in the city of London, merchant ...
     Robert died on 6 May 1835 in Bentinck St, Manchester Sq, St Marylebone, Westminster, England, aged 62. He was buried on 14 May 1835 in the side chapel of St Mary le Haura, New Shoreham, Sussex. Hooper arms above a pinnacled tabernacle containing the bear's head crest: Sacred to the memory of Robert Hooper Esq. M.D. of Stanmore, Middlesex, formerly of Saville Row, London whose remains are deposited under the altar of this church. Ardently attached to the medical profession he devoted himself during a period of forty years to the practice of physician, and to the improvement of the medical art; earnestly labouring as an author in the production of various works to advance that science and to alleviate human suffering in the zealous pursuit of these objects he health failed him and it pleased God to remove from this world on the fifth day of May 1835 in the 63rd year of his age. Deeply lamented by his surviving brothers and sincerely regretted by a large circle of attached friends.
     His will was proved on 26 May 1835 at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury.
The Dictionary of National Biography states: Hooper, Robert (1773-1835), physician and medical writer, son of John Hooper of Marylebone, was born in London and educated by Dr William Rutherford of the academy at Uxbridge. After a course of medical study in London Hooper was appointed apothecary to the Marylebone workhouse infirmary, where he made an extensive collection of anatomical preparations. He entered Pembroke College, Oxford, on 24 October 1796, graduated BA in 1803, and MA and MB in 1804. Some difficulty—instigated, it is said, by members of the Royal College of Physicians who would not ‘tarnish its hallowed walls with the flame of the workhouse laboratory’ (Lancet, 494)—prevented his proceeding DM at Oxford, but he was created MD of St Andrews University on 16 December 1805, and admitted LRCP in London on 23 December 1805. After settling in Savile Row, he lectured there on the practice of medicine for many years to large classes.
Hooper built an extensive practice and was a prolific writer, and his books had a large sale. His writings include Observations on the structure and economy of plants; to which is added the analogy between the animal and vegetable kingdoms (1797), and A compendious medical dictionary, containing an explanation of the terms in anatomy, physiology, surgery (1798), of which numerous American editions were issued. The edition of 1811 was issued as a new edition of John Quincy's Lexicon medicum, a work of long-standing repute which had gone through thirteen editions and had been largely copied by Hooper. Subsequent editions bore the title Lexicon medicum, or, Medical Dictionary, without reference to Quincy. The anatomist's vade mecum, containing the anatomy, physiology, and morbid appearances of the human body (1798) was published in America in Boston in 1801 and 1803. Other works were Anatomical plates of the bones and muscles, reduced from Albinus, for the use of students and artists (1802), The London Dissector (1804), and The physician's vade mecum, containing the symptoms, causes, prognosis, and treatment of diseases (1809).
Hooper retired from practice in 1829, having made a fortune, and lived at Stanmore, Middlesex. He died from a disease of the bladder in Bentinck Street, Manchester Square, London, on 6 May 1835. He left a fine collection of paintings, part of the estate bequeathed to his brothers.
G. T. Bettany, rev. Michael Bevan
Munk, Roll · The Lancet (11 July 1835), 493–4 · Foster, Alum. Oxon. · GM, 2nd ser., 3 (1835), 667 · GM, 2nd ser., 4 (1835), 670
attrib. P. Reinagle, oils, c.1813, RCP Lond.
Wealth at death
wealthy; owned fine collection of paintings
© Oxford University Press 2004–5
All rights reserved: see
legal notice

G. T. Bettany, ‘Hooper, Robert (1773-1835)’, rev. Michael Bevan, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [
[EMAIL:][ITAL:][:ITAL][:EMAIL], accessed 24 Sept 2005].

Robert Brereton Hooper

(1895 - August 1899)
     Robert Brereton Hooper was also known as Harold Robert Brereton in records. He was commonly known as Robin. He was born in 1895. A Harold Robert B Hooper was registered in the Sep quarter of 1894 in the Stoke Damerel Regisration District. He was the son of Henry Brereton Hooper and Anna Maria Mackay.
     Robert's death was registered in the quarter ending in August 1899 in Amerdham RD, Buckinghamshire.

Lt Robert Poole Hooper

(11 June 1853 - September 1921?)
     Lt Robert Poole Hooper was born on 11 June 1853 in 'Thornage Hall', Norfolk. He was the son of Rev Robert Poole Hooper and Harriet Brereton. George, Robert, Randle and Henry was listed as the son of Rev Robert Poole Hooper in the 1861 census in Manor Cottage, Langham, Norfolk. Robert Poole Hooper, head, mar, 34, clerk in holy orders, without cure of souls, born Bloomsbury, Mdx; Harriot, wife, 34 born Blakeney, Nfk; George Brereton, son 10? born Gt Stanmore, Mdx; Harriet Anna, daughter 9, born Blakeney, Nfk; Robert Poole, son, 7, born Thornage Nfk; Randle Brereton, son 6, ditto; Augusta Maude, daughter 5, ditto, Margaret Ross, daughter 3, born Langham, Nfk; Henry Brereton, son 1, ditto; Margaret Hooper, sister, unmarried, 47, born Bloomsbury, Mdx; and four servants.
     Robert was educated from from February 1866 to June 1869 at Uppingham school, Rutland.
     He served in the Army from September 1876 to 1885. He was commissioned a lieutenant in 13th (1st Somerset) Prince Albert's Light Infantry 6 Sep 1876, and retired in 1885.
     Lt Robert Poole Hooper was recorded on the 1901 census in 'Temple Belwood', Belton, Lincolnshire. Robert Poole Hooper, 48, living on own means, single, born Thornage Hall, Norfolk. The proprietor of the 'boarding house' was Timothy Radcliffe, 28, born Farnham Surrey.
     Robert resided at Vellow Williton, Somerset, 1907.
Assignment for the consideration of £50 from Robert Poole Hooper the younger of Vellow Williton (co. Somerset), gent., to Herbert Ross Hooper of the Local Government Board, Whitehall, esq. 17 Dec. 1907: An eleventh share, subject to the life interest of the Rev. Robert Poole Hooper, his father, of one third part of the monies to arise from the sale of real estate, as in Add Mss 5382, and of certain personal estate, subject to a mortgage, 26 Nov. 1907, to secure £2,200 14s. 2d., from himself to said Robert Poole Hooper the elder, Charles Robert Rivington and James Brereton Hooper.
Lt Robert Poole Hooper and Harriet Anna Hooper, Augusta Maude Hooper, Margaret Ross Hooper, Helen Elizabeth Hooper, Henry Brereton Hooper, William Barwick Hooper, Capt Herbert Ross Hooper and James Brereton Hooper were mentioned on 30 March 1912.
     Robert's death was registered in the quarter ending in September 1921? In Barnstaple RD, Devon.

Rev Robert Poole Hooper

(15 October 1826 - 12 September 1918)
     Rev Robert Poole Hooper was born on 15 October 1826 in Bloomsbury Square, London. He was the son of George Henry Hooper and Margaret Brewse Ross. Rev Robert Poole Hooper was christened on 30 November 1826 in St George, Bloomsbury, London.
     Rev Robert Poole Hooper appeared on the 1841 census in the household of George Henry Hooper in Bloomsbury St, St George Bloomsbury, London.
     Robert matriculated Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge University, from June 1845 to 1849. He was admitted pensioner (age 19) at Trinity College Cambridge 2 June 1845. after schooling at Brighton (Mr Millett). Matriculation Michaelmas term 1845, B.A. 1849, M.A. 1852.
Rev Robert Poole Hooper married Harriet Brereton on 13 November 1849 in Blakeney, Norfolk. Robert was a clergyman in 1851. He was ordained Deacon (Norwich) 1851, Priest 1852, Curate of Huntingfield Sfk 1851, Licenced pr. dio. Chichester 1907-16. In 1874, 76 & 1885 he was listed as MA Cantab. in Crockford's clerical directory.
It appears that he didn't have a parish after Hungtingfield. The Rector there was William Holland who was the incumbent from 1848 to 1891. Helen, Margaret and Robert were listed as the children of George Henry Hooper in the 1851 census in 19 Bloomsbury Square, St George Bloomsbury, London.
     Rev Robert Poole Hooper and Harriet Brereton were recorded on the 1861 census in Manor Cottage, Langham, Norfolk. Robert Poole Hooper, head, mar, 34, clerk in holy orders, without cure of souls, born Bloomsbury, Mdx; Harriot, wife, 34 born Blakeney, Nfk; George Brereton, son 10? born Gt Stanmore, Mdx; Harriet Anna, daughter 9, born Blakeney, Nfk; Robert Poole, son, 7, born Thornage Nfk; Randle Brereton, son 6, ditto; Augusta Maude, daughter 5, ditto, Margaret Ross, daughter 3, born Langham, Nfk; Henry Brereton, son 1, ditto; Margaret Hooper, sister, unmarried, 47, born Bloomsbury, Mdx; and four servants.
     Robert was registered as The City of Westminster Polling district ... list of all persons whose names do not apear in any of the lists for this district, but who have been registered ... hand wirtten insert #14436 Hooper, Robert Poole ... Freehold House and land, The Cottage, Stanmore at 29 Cambridge Rd, Brighton, Sussex, on the 1863 electoral roll. He was an executor of George Henry Hooper's estate on 9 July 1863 in the Principal Probate Registry, London.
     Robert was registered as [ITAL:Robert Poole Hooper, 29 Cambridge Rd, Brighton, freehold house & landm, of The Cottage Stanmore; lis tof all persons whose names do not appear in any of the lists for this district [City of Westminster but who have been registered by the Revising Barrister to vote at WestminsterTAL] on the 1864 electoral roll.
     Robert resided at 31 Cambridge Road, Hove, Sussex, from 1867.
     Rev Robert Poole Hooper and Harriet Brereton were recorded on the 1871 census in 29 Cambridge Rd, Hove, Sussex. Robert P Hooper, 46, clerk in Holy Orders, without cure of souls, born Bloomsbury, London; Harriett wife, 46? born Blakeney, Nfk; George B, son, unmarried 20, undergraduate Cambs, born Stanmore, Mdx; Harriett A, daughter, 19, born Thorneys, Nfk; Augusta M, daughter 14, born Blakeney, Nfk; Margaret R, daughter, 13, born Langham, Nfk; Helen E, daughter, 9, born Brighton, Ssx; Herbert R, son, 7, ditto; William B, son, 3, ditto; James B, son, 1, ditto; with two nurses, a cook and a nursemaid Sarah Halliday aged 17 born Walthamstow, Essex. Robert owned 111 acres, 1 rood, 27 perches in 1873, Hove, Sussex..
John's grandson, the Rev Robert Poole Hooper was the author of correspondence to a genealogist whose notes are held in the Society of Genealogists library. He makes the comment that the family came from Ednam and that they went to Scotland from Somerset as a result of the Monmouth rebellion. Rev R P Hooper claimed they were a branch of the Boveridge Hoopers but was unsuccessful at finding the link.
     Rev Robert Poole Hooper and Harriet Brereton were recorded on the 1881 census in Hove, Sussex. Robert P Hooper, clerk in holy orders, aged 54, married, born Bloomsbury, Mdx with his wife Harriot, aged 54, born Blakeney, Norfolk, daughters Harriot A, aged 29 born Blakeney, Margaret R, aged 23, born Langham, Nfk, Elizabeth H, aged 18 born Brighton, sons Herbert R, aged 16, William B, aged 13, James B, aged 12, all born at Hove. They had visitors Ann Gibson aged 27 and Elizabeth Rossiter aged 26 born London with a cook, nurse, parlourmaid and housemaid from Brighton.
     Rev Robert Poole Hooper in 31 Cambridge Rd, Brighton, Sussex, sent a letter dated 16 November 1881. To Messrs Stuart Moore & Kirk: "I am searching for Robert Hooper who married at Ednam near Kelso N.B. (where he farmed land) in the year 1692 one Mary Jophing or Jopling?, from him I have the pedigree correct. There was a John Hooper (also spelt Hopper, Hoper & Hooper) living at Sprowston the adjoining parish in 1703 - of him there is no attainable information. The tradition in the family of Robert Hooper my great great grandfather has always been that the family came from a branch of the Hoopers of Beveridge, Dorset, which was implicated in Monmouth's rebellion... I send you extracts from the pedigree of Hoopers of Beveridge whose arms we have always borne...". "The Robert Hooper for whom I have long searched, to find his family and where he came from (a relation of the Bishop as per family tradition) died at Stitchell in Roxburgh NB 1596. He married Anne Dickson & left a large family where presumably he had been settled there for some time... waffle about the Bishop and New Sarum family". "Your surmise about Robert Hooper coming from Barbados may be correct. Still, the family tradition connects him with the Monmouth Rebellion, the names of the rebels (John, Henry & William) in the next generation are in the registers for Kelso neighbourhood and I am inclined to believe that Robert was the son of James the rebel". Another letter dated 14 February 1882 states "Robert Hooper marrying in Scotland in '92 had a daughter born 1693, and son Robert 1694 and son on to the last son William in 1704".
     Robert was registered as Rev Robert Poole Hooper, 31 Cambridge Rd, Brighton, share of freehold house, 26 Saville-row, parish of St James, Westminster on the 1885 electoral roll.
     Rev Robert Poole Hooper was recorded on the 1891 census in 31 Cambridge Rd, Hove. Robert Poole Hooper, head, widower, 64, clerk in Holy Orders, born St George Bloomsbury; Augusta Maude, daughter, unmarried 34, living on her own means, born Thornadge, Nfk; Mararet Ross Hooper, daughter, unmarried, 32, ditto, born Langham Episcopi, Nfk; Helen Elizth, ditto, 28, born Brighton, Ssx; Wm Berwick? Hooper, unmarried son, 26?, Lieut. Artillery Militia, born Hove; plus two servants. He was an executor of Helen Hooper's estate on 10 April 1891.
     Rev Robert Poole Hooper was recorded on the 1901 census in Hove. Robert P Hooper, head, widower, 74, clergyman - Church of England, born St George Bloomsbury; Augusta M, daughter, single, 44, born Thornage, Nfk; H E, daughter, single, 38, born Brighton; J B, son, 38, single, auct. agent to ..., born Brighton; Maria A Hooper, daughter in law, 41, married, born Scotland; plus two servants.
     Rev Robert Poole Hooper and James Brereton Hooper were recorded on the 1911 census in Hove, Sussex. Robert Poole Hooper, head, 84, widower, clergyman C/E, born Bloomsbury London; son James B Hooper, 42. single born Hove, Margaret Ross Hooper, daugahter, 53. single, born Langham ... Norfolk, with 3 servants.
Letter from the Hooper family 30 March 1912: G[eorge] B[rereton] Hooper, H[arriett] A[nna] Carr, A[ugusta] M[aude] Hooper, M[argaret] R[oss] Hooper, H[elen] E[lizabeth] Hooper, H[enry] B[rereton] Hooper, W[illiam] B[arwick] Hooper, and H[erbert] R[oss] Hooper, to Rev. R[obert] P[oole] Hooper, C[harles] R[obert] Rivington, and H[enry] B[ereton] Hooper [trustees under the will of George Henry Hooper the elder], to raise and pay to Mrs. Eva Florence Hooper £5,000 from the funds of the 'Stanmore Trust', the balance of the above purchase money of £7,000. 'We are aware that is so doing you will be exceeding your powers as Trustees but the purchase was made for the joint benefit of all of us and of our brother James Brereton Hooper and it is important in our interests that the money should now be paid and we undertake to the extent of our several interests to indemnify you from all the consequences of complying with this request'.
Rich in years and in service to the community over an exceptionally long period, the Rev. Robert Poole Hooper, M.A., Cambridge, was laid to rest yesterday afternoon in Hove Cemetery. He was born on the 15th October, 1826, in the reign of George IV., and had therefore seen five monarchs on the throne. He would have completed his 92nd year in a few weeks. Mr. Hooper resided at Cambridge Road, Hove, where he passed away on Thursday, for the lengthy period of 55 years. The youngest son of Mr. George Henry Hooper, Stanmore, Middlesex, and Shoreham-by-Sea, he was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, and was stroke of the first Trinity eight for two years. He was a very fine cricketer and figured in the Norfolk XI, for five years. He was, in fact, a versatile sportsman, and was considered the finest left-hand tennis player of his day. He was one of the first to join the volunteer movement as chaplain. After being ordained he held a curacy in two Norfolk parishes, namely, Langham and Thornage, for several years; but he then came to Brighton and Hove and henceforth devoted himself to the administration of public affairs, his record in this respect being a quite remarkable one.
The mere tabulation of his services alone makes a notable record. He was Chairman of the Provident Dispensary, Brighton, for 38 years; Chairman of the Shoreham Harbour Trustees in the prosperous days of the undertaking for 7 years; Chairman of the Commissioners of Sewers for the Rape of Bramber and the River Adur Navigation for many years; Vice-Chairman of the Hove Commissioners for 7 years; Chairman of the Hove Sanitary authority for 20 years; Vice-Chairman and Manager of the Charity Organization Society for 24 years; Chairman of the Steyning Board of Guardians for 17 years (member for 26 years); Chairman of the Hove Assessment Committee for 20 years; Vice-Chairman of the Hove School Board for 5 years. His ability and grasp of business were manifest on the Steyning Board of Guardians, among other bodies. He served thereon from 1874-1900, the last 17 years as Chairman. Mr. Hooper’s knowledge of the intricacies of poor law was very pronounced, and he exhibited great aptitude for the duty. He would be a terror to impostors who might come before the Board, but the deserving poor found in him a just friend.
When he retired from the Board he was presented with an illuminated address and an album signed by every member, and placing upon record their “appreciation of the abilities and impartiality6 and unfailing courtesy with which you have fulfilled the Chairmanship during the past 17 years.” In addition he received a silver inkstand inscribed: “From the Guardians of the Steyning Union to the Rev. R. P. Hooper, their Chairman for 17 years, April 1900.” It is interesting to note that through the Poole family the connection with Shoreham goes back 300 years.
Impressive, because it was shorn of all circumstance, the first part of the funeral service took place at St. Patrick’s Church, and was conducted by the Rev. C. M. A. Tower (Vicar of Shoreham), assisted by the Revs. Walker Marshall (Incumbent of St. Patrick’s) and A. J.
B. Hooper, Mr. R. Poole Hooper, Capt. H. B. Hooper, Capt. H. R. Hooper, and Mr. W. B. Hooper (sons), Misses A. M. Hooper, M. R. Hooper, and H. E. Hooper and Mrs. W. B. Hooper (daughters-in-law), the Rev. J. H. Maude (nephew), Colonel Carr (son-in-law), Major Carr, Mr. Mansfield (deceased’s personal attendant), and two of the ;maids, Rose Bleach and
Among others present in the Church to pay a tribute of respect and regret were:-
Miss Aitkin, Colonel E. A. Bruce, Mr. A. A. Baines, Mr. G. Bleach, Mr. C. J. Clarke, and Miss Stubbins (Shoreham), Mrs. Chisholm, Mr. and Mrs. Raynes Dickson, Mrs. Diggins, Miss Kenny, Misses King, Mrs. Knight, Mrs. Petingale, *Miss Dorothy Puttick & Mrs. Puttick, Sister Pauline Mary, Mr. G. Parsons, Mr. Salmon, Mr. A. Salvage, Mrs. Sharpe, and Mr. Gerald Wood.
The Incumbent at St. Patrick’s read the lesson; the prayers and the rest of the service were taken by Mr. Tower. Mr. Young presided at the organ, and at the close played the Dead March from “Saul” very expressively. There was a procession of carriages to the cemetery, where Mr. Tower committed the body to the grave in which repose the remains of Mrs. Hooper.
There was a wealth of beautiful flowers. On the coffin was a magnificient white cross, full length, from the family, and wreaths, & c., were sent by:-
Miss Julia Hooper; Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Hooper; Mrs. King and family; Miss Moore; Major and Mrs. Carr; Captain and Miss Morton Herbert; Miss Lilian Aitken; Miss Kenny; Mrs. Nash; Mr. and Mrs. Raynes Dickson; * Miss Dorothy Puttick; “Rose, Mansfield and Anna”; “Knight and Florence.”

The funeral arrangements were carried out by Hanningtons, under the personal supervision of Mr. Dorking


* The list of Floral Tokens places Dorothy’s name in front of those of the household servants probably implying a “pecking order” in which she was the housekeeper known as Miss Dorothy Evelyn Puttick prior to her first marriage. She seems to have worked with her ‘mother’ in the household of the Rev. R. P. Hooper, and according to information given to me by William Barraclough became housekeeper to his son, Capt. Henry Brereton Hooper at his country house, Stort Lodge in Bishop’s Stortford, Herts. during the illness of his wife, Mrs. Anna Hooper, who died in Jan. 1917. Towards the end of 1922 Dorothy married Capt. H.B. Hooper who died at the age of 62 only four and a half months later in March 1923. In 1927 Dorothy married secondly Captain Henry P. Womersley of the Royal Mail Line, by whom she had two sons, John, 1928-1939, and Eric, born 1929. The two Captains had known each other previously.

Dorothy had in fact been born Dorothy Evelyn Smith in Toxteth Park, Liverpool on 17 Aug. 1895 to William Moston Smith, a cotton merchant’s clerk, and his wife, Hannah Coward, who had married in the March ¼ of that year. I next found her in the 1901 Census living with Mr. and Mrs. Puttick in Brighton as a five year old “visitor” born in “London.” Her surviving son, Eric, did not discover the truth of his mother’s birth until 2010 and is quite sure that his mother had no idea that the Putticks were not her natural parents. He does not know how she came to Brighton from Liverpool, then the most important port of Britain. There is a link in the Puttick family when one member of that family moved to Liverpool around the time of Dorothy’s birth and lived in a nearby neighbourhood adjacent to the Smiths and so it is possible that they became acquainted there.jjjjj

Census as a ‘visitor,’ age 5, born ‘London,’ in the house of the childless Mr. Joseph Puttick, an ‘accountant, ’ & his wife, Jane, at 17 Wellington Road, Brighton, a pleasant semi-detached Victorian house.

Robert Poole Hooper’s obituary gave Dorothy’s surviving son the first piece of information about his mother’s earlier life. Her ‘father’, Mr. Puttick, had died intestate in 1914 and despite the family then living in an attractive Victorian house in Florence Road, Preston Park, Brighton, his widow and daughter then seem to have fallen on hard times and found work in the household of the Rev. R.P. Hooper. Mr. Puttick had appeared to have done well in life having started out with his parents living in a tiny “2-up and 2-down” cottage in Steine Street, central Brighton, in a family of clerks and up-and-coming blue collar sibling workers. However, despite living later in two different attractive houses appearances must have been a little deceptive. The couple were childless until Dorothy (then surnamed “Smith”) joined them at some time before she was five. From 1914, when he died, his wife, Jane, and Dorothy seem to have gone into service with different members of the Hooper family.

Following her marriage Dorothy moved into a very different social circle as an equal with the Hoopers living in a large elegant house at 57 Kensington Court, Kensington, formerly the home of Capt. Henry Brereton Hooper and his first wife, Anna, and their by then grown-up son and daughter. Currently this house is the Gambian High Commission. From the very little evidence we have it seems that Dorothy was certainly a happy newly wed and although she was not readily accepted by Henry’s children which was quite understandable under the circumstances; she was a capable young woman by then familiar with the lifestyle in which she found herself unexpectedly living. She did keep in touch with a number of members of the Hooper family all her life until her premature death at the age of 57. Tragically her happiness was to be cut short by Henry’s early death in 1923 at the age of 62 following only about four months of marriage. In 1926 she married secondly a merchant navy Captain of the Royal Mail Line, Henry Pullanger Womersley, and had two sons the eldest of whom died tragically age 11 in 1939 from tubericular meningitis. Sadly the marriage was not a happy one. Henry Womersley who was awarded the O.B.E. in 1942 on his retirement, stayed in the marital home in Hove for several years following the end of the war before moving to a bungalow in Praah Sands, near Penzance, Cornwall, which overlooked the Atlantic Reaches. Dorothy instigated divorce proceedings while continuing her great interest in local politics when she representated Hove as an Independent Conservative. At the end of February 1952 she took part in the Aldermanic march as Mayor Elect of Hove on a bitterly cold day. Having suffered from a bad chest for several weeks beforehand her son, Eric, tried unsuccessfully to dissuade her from taking part. She returned home ill and within only a day or so she died from pneumonia at the age of 56 having spent a large portion of her Hooper inheritance. No-one knows where it all went but it is known that on receiving a large legacy from her first husband she felt very embarrassed and returned some of it to the Hooper family. Her second husband, on learning how much she left at her own death, was astounded that her estate was not a lot larger.saying to his son, “She should have left a lot more than that.” on 12 September 1918 in Hove, Sussex, aged 91. He was buried in memorial in the side chapel of St Mary le Haura, New Shoreham.

Children of Rev Robert Poole Hooper and Harriet Brereton

Robert Saxon Hooper

(November 1777 - July 1849)
     Robert Saxon Hooper was born in November 1777 in Middlesex. He was the son of James Hooper and Katherine Saxon. Robert Saxon Hooper was christened on 14 November 1777 in St George Hanover Square, Westminster.
     Robert Saxon Hooper and Chiara or Clara Marianna de Rossi obtained a marriage licence on 28 February 1806.
Robert Saxon Hooper married Chiara or Clara Marianna de Rossi on 6 March 1806 in St Martin in the Fields, Westminster, Middlesex, England. She was the niece of Count Badini of Perdenone, Friuli, who was living at Mr Huggen's College, Northfleet, Kent in 1859.
     Robert Saxon Hooper was recorded on the 1841 census in 15 Arundel St, Westminster, St Clement Danes. Saxon Hooper, aged 65, independent, not born in the county, in a house headed by Mary Taylor, female servant.
     Robert died in July 1849 in 3 Church Place, London, aged 71. He was buried on 27 July 1849 in St Paul, Covent Garden, Westminster.

Children of Robert Saxon Hooper and Chiara or Clara Marianna de Rossi

Robinah Jane Hooper

(12 September 1849 - 21 January 1925)
     Robinah Jane Hooper was born on 12 September 1849 in Brewhouse Yard, St John Street, London. She was the daughter of John James Hooper and Sarah Elizabeth Horder. Robinah Jane Hooper was christened on 12 December 1849 in St James, Clerkenwell, London. James and Robinah were listed as the children of John James Hooper in the 1851 census in St John Street, Brewhouse Yard, Clerkenwell, London, Middlesex. James, Robinah, Sarah, Walter, Emily, Frank and Charles were listed as the children of John James Hooper in the 1861 census in 2 Hill-Martin Villas West, Islington.
Robinah Jane Hooper married Frederick John Davey in 1872 in New Zealand.
     Robinah died on 21 January 1925 in Murwillimbah, New South Wales, aged 75.

Child of Robinah Jane Hooper and Frederick John Davey

Roland William Hooper

(1870 - )
     Roland William Hooper was born in 1870 in Carisbrook, Victoria.
Roland William Hooper married Mary Anne Goodlet, daughter of Jonathan Coburn Goodlet and Elisabeth Aitken Allan, in 1902 in Victoria.

Children of Roland William Hooper and Mary Anne Goodlet

Samuel Hooper

(10 December 1788 - )
     Samuel Hooper was born on 10 December 1788 in Westminster, Middlesex. He was the son of James Hooper and Katherine Saxon. Samuel Hooper was christened on 11 January 1789 in St George Hanover Square, Westminster.

Samuel Hooper

(8 August 1825 - )
     Samuel Hooper was christened on 8 August 1825 in St James, Westminster, Middlesex. He claimed to have been born at Evercreech in the 1861 census. He was the son of Nathaniel Hooper and Elizabeth Saxon.
The marriage of Samuel Hooper and Louisa Taylor was registered in Islington RD, Middlesex, England, in the March 1857 quarter.
     Samuel Hooper and Louisa Taylor were recorded on the 1861 census in 11 Hamilton? Tce, Plumstead, Kent. Samuel Hooper, head, married, 36, Cl solicitor managing; born Evercreech, Somerset, with his wife Louisa aged 40, born Blackfriars Rd, Surrey and their son Harry aged 4/8?, scholar, born St Mary's Islington, Mdx.

Child of Samuel Hooper and Louisa Taylor

Samuel Hooper

(8 August 1825 - )
     Samuel Hooper was christened on 8 August 1825 in Westminster, England. He was the son of Nathaniel Hill Hooper and Elizabeth Balchin.

Samuel Saxon Hooper

(circa 1807 - 26 December 1813)
     Samuel Saxon Hooper was born circa 1807 in England. He was the son of Robert Saxon Hooper and Chiara or Clara Marianna de Rossi.
     Samuel died on 26 December 1813 in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire. At Chipping Norton Oxon. from the effects of a fall from a first floor window at Chelsea 3 years ago, in this 6th year, Samuel Saxon, son of R Saxon Hooper, esq. by his wife the noble lady Chiara de Rossi, niece of the Count Badini, of Pordenone in the Fruil.

Sanders Hooper

(12 June 1720 - )
     Sanders Hooper was christened on 12 June 1720 in Ednam, Roxburghshire. He was the son of Henry or Harry Hooper and Agnes Underwood.

Sarah Annie Hooper

(1 August 1851 - 5 April 1934)
     Sarah Annie Hooper was born on 1 August 1851 in Brewhouse Yard, St John Street, London. She was the daughter of John James Hooper and Sarah Elizabeth Horder. Sarah Annie Hooper was christened on 17 September 1851 in St James, Clerkenwell, London. James, Robinah, Sarah, Walter, Emily, Frank and Charles were listed as the children of John James Hooper in the 1861 census in 2 Hill-Martin Villas West, Islington.
Sarah Annie Hooper married Hon Henry Hartstonge Pery on 19 March 1873 in New Zealand.
     Sarah and Henry were registered as He was described as retired at Mt William St, Gordon, New South Wales, on the 1913 electoral roll.
     Sarah died on 5 April 1934 in St Peters, New South Wales, aged 82.

Children of Sarah Annie Hooper and Hon Henry Hartstonge Pery

Sarah Jenkins Hooper

(26 August 1859 - 11 August 1924)
      Is this Sarah Jerkins? Hooper.. Sarah Jenkins Hooper was born on 26 August 1859 in Fayetteville, Cumberland county, North Carolina, USA. She was the daughter of Thomas Clark Hooper and Mary Elizabeth Stevenson.
Sarah Jenkins Hooper married William Weston Weston on 20 January 1880.
     Sarah died on 11 August 1924 in Congaree, Richland, South Carolina, USA, aged 64.

Child of Sarah Jenkins Hooper and William Weston Weston

Septimus Fawler Hooper

(3 May 1782 - )
     Septimus Fawler Hooper was born on 3 May 1782 in Westminster, Middlesex. He was the son of John Hooper and Mary Fawler. Septimus Fawler Hooper was christened on 29 May 1782 in St Marylebone. He died young.

son Hooper

(18 December 1881 - 31 January 1882)
     Son Hooper was born on 18 December 1881. He was the son of James Havelock Hooper and Frances Daughtry.
     Son died on 31 January 1882.

Sophia Hooper

(22 May 1843 - )
     Sophia Hooper was born on 22 May 1843 in Camberwell, Surrey. She was the daughter of Henry Hooper and Susannah Sanderson. Sophia Hooper was christened on 16 June 1843 in St George, Camberwell, Surrey. Sophia, Arthur, Mary and Frederick were listed as the children of Henry Hooper in the 1851 census in 8 Lyndhurst Grove, Camberwell, Surrey. Sophia, Arthur, Mary, Jessie, Katherine and Frances were listed as the children of Henry Hooper in the 1861 census in Penshurst Place, St Giles parish, Camberwell, Surrey.

Sophia B Hooper

(1837 - September 1838)
     Sophia B Hooper was born in 1837. She was the daughter of George De Berniere Hooper and Caroline Eliza Mallett.
     Sophia died in September 1838.

Spence Hooper

(after 1776 - )
     Spence Hooper was born after 1776. He died in infancy.. He was the son of George Hooper and Catherine Maclaine.

Sydney Benjamin Hooper

(12 February 1869 - 20 August 1959)
     Sydney Benjamin Hooper was born on 12 February 1869 in St Kilda, Victoria. He was the son of William Henry Hooper and Sarah Sophia Halliday. Sydney was a bank officer from 1888 to 1917, in Deniliquin, New South Wales. He was employed as a clerk at the Union Bank, Deniliquin 3 April 1888 at £50 p.a., giving his date of birth as 12 February 1869. By July 1 1890 his salary had doubled. On June 1 1891 he was appointed clerk at G. Ms Dpt. H. until he was made acting sub inspector Vic & Tas, moving to Queensland in Dec 13 where he was confirmed as sub inspector in January 1903. By March 1905 he was listed for NSW & Qld.
Sydney Benjamin Hooper married Alexandra Eliza Emily Watson on 16 August 1899 in Deniliquin, New South Wales. HOOPER—WATSON.—On the 16th August, at Scots Church, Deniliquin, by Rev. R. Welsh, Sydney, third son of W. H. Hooper, of Deniliquin, to Emily, fourth daughter of James Watson, Deniliquin.
     Sydney resided at Brisbane, Queensland, August 1905.
     Sydney resided at Sydney, New South Wales, March 1907.
Sydney Benjamin Hooper married secondly Ida Margharita Fiorelli in June 1909 in Sydney, New South Wales. A SOCIETY WEDDING. The musical circles of Sydney were inte rested on Thursday afternoon, when one of our daintiest singers, Signorina Fiorelli, chose for her future life companion Mr. Sydney Hooper, sub-inspector of the Union Bank. Miss Fiorelli is the daughter of Signor and Signor Fiorelli of Florence, Naples, but has been residing in this State for some years. The Rev. John Ferguson tied the knot at St. Stephen's Church, Phillip-street, and Mr. Murich entered the church with the bride, but her mother, who is on a six months' trip to the States), subsequently gave her away. Sensible bride that she was, she dispensed with the useless wedding garment, and was suitably gowned in an ivory white chifffon cloth, the bodice being soutached with fine silver braid. A large number of friends were entertained at the Hotel Australia, and as each guest en tered they were presented with wedding fa vours of violets, white hyacinths, and lilies of the valley. Madame Melba came in for a few moments wearing a long grey coat, grey furs, and a large black hat. Her present to the signora was a gold bangle with the words 'From Nellie Melba' inscribed. Mrs. Arthur Allen chose mole satin charmeuse, a toque of the same shade with touches of cerise. Mrs. Harry Levy's black panne was relieved with ermine furs. Madame Slapoff ski sang exquisitely 'The Song of Thanks giving,' and her black silk spotted net over white satin was worn with a large black hat. Another item which added to the afternoon's enjoyment, was a little French song, by Mrs. Alex Gorden (Miss Margaret Thomas). Mr. and Mr's. Hooper honeymooned to the mountains, Mrs. Hooper travelling in a di rectoire gown of pale grey, with a velvet coat of the same shade, toque of green, and white fox furs. — Yours, CONSTANCE. Sydney was manager of the Union Bank, George Street from 1917 to 1929, in Sydney. In December 1917 he was appointed Acting Manager of the George St, Sydney branch and became Manager on Jan 1 1918 where he remained until retirement in August 1929. His final salary was £1000 p.a. and he took a bank pension £789 p.a.
     Sydney Benjamin Hooper and Henry St George Murray MacRae, Kate Ella Hooper, Arthur Frederick Hooper, Kate Florence Murray, Gertrude Annie Murray, Charles Henry Hooper and Frederick Hooper were beneficiaries in Mary Ann Gillham's will dated 30 April 1919 in Maida Vale, Middlesex.
     Sydney resided at 12 Roslyn Avenue, Sydney, New South Wales, between 1926 and 1928. He was the informant at the death of Kate Ella Hooper, on 13 March 1928.
He was a member of the "Australia First" movement, owner of a radical journal, and was interned at Holsworthy during World War II.
He lived in Macleay St. Sydney and later moved to Bayswater, Warrawee. Myra Jonas was his housekeeper cum companion for many years. See correspondence & notes to be sorted later.
     Sydney resided at 'La Quinta', Sunrise Road, Palm Beach, New South Wales, between 1953 and 1958.
     Sydney Benjamin Hooper in Palm Beach sent a letter dated 5 December 1958 to Ashby Arthur William Hooper. Sydney B Hooper asks his nephew Ashby Hooper to send a Christmas cheque and any light cast off clothing for Jack Hooper who is "living a dull, restricted existence associated with his lady friends".
     Sydney resided at 32 Brentwood Avenue, Turramurra, New South Wales, from 1959.
     Sydney died on 20 August 1959 in North Sydney, New South Wales, aged 90. He was cremated A letter dated 24 Sep 1959 to Dr R Jeremy, states ... Miss Jonas selected Niche 238 QC at a cost £10.10.0 and we now attach our memorandum of account for your kind attention. Inscrriptions.. included in the cost of the niche would read as follows: Sydney Benjamin Hooper, Ded 20 August 1959, Aged 90 years. in the Northern Suburbs Crematorium, Chatswood.

Theresa Hooper

(9 December 1846 - )
     Theresa Hooper married Joseph F Johnston. Theresa Hooper was born on 9 December 1846. She was the daughter of Dr Edward Jones Hooper and Amelia Massy.

Thomas Hooper

(26 February 1755 - )
     Thomas Hooper was christened on 26 February 1755 in Ednam, Roxburghshire. He was the son of Robert Hooper and Christian Rankin.

Thomas Hooper

(18 April 1824 - )
     Thomas Hooper was christened on 18 April 1824 in St Luke Old Street, Finsbury, London. He was the son of Nathaniel Hill Hooper and Elizabeth Balchin.

Thomas Hooper

(13 April 1651 - )
     Thomas Hooper was christened on 13 April 1651 in Stitchill, Roxburghshire. He was the son of Robert Hooper and Margaret Wilson.

Thomas Hooper

     Thomas Hooper married Isabell Lourie.

Child of Thomas Hooper and Isabell Lourie

Thomas Hooper

(20 January 1722/23 - )
     Thomas Hooper was christened on 20 January 1722/23 in Kelso, Roxburghshire. He was the son of Joseph Hooper and Janet Row.

Thomas Hooper

(7 October 1760 - )
     Thomas Hooper was christened on 7 October 1760 in Kelso, Roxburghshire. He was the son of Joseph Hooper and Ann Roger.