BRACKETT, Edward Ralph

1835 - 1893

Edward Ralph Brackett, was born at Stokesley, Yorkshire on 26 March 1835, son of John Blackett (1807-1881) and his wife Elizabeth née Stephens (c.1809-1887). In 1851, a 16 year old surgeon apprentice, living at 'Nova Scotia', Finchingfield, Essex with his uncle, surgeon William Owen but in 1855 was acting assistant surgeon in the Madras Army and in 1861 was in Ireland. He took his M.D. at Queen's University, Ireland and in 1862 moved to Southwold, Suffolk where he was a general practitioner. Edward married firstly at Tasburgh, Norfolk on 27 April 1864, Agnes Gwyn (1834-1873) and they had three children, all born at Southwold and in 1871 they had moved to London Road, Wangford, Suffolk. His wife died in 1873 and he married secondly at Cheltenham, Gloucestershire on 15 September 1875, Laura Jane Grey (1842-1893) and had a further four children, all born at Wangford, Suffolk. He did a painting of Long Island Cliff, Southwold, which is in the Sailors' Rest at Southwold. He died at Blything, Suffolk on 18 June 1893. Gery Milner-Gibson-Cullum attributes the roman clef 'Shingleborough Society' (1874) to the 'late Dr Brackett' an anonymous novel which satirised many of the inhabitants of East Anglia and caused a local stir and most copies were destroyed but the author was in fact Edward Waud who published in 1876 'Apology for Slander' and left Southwold.




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