BLACKETT, Ralph

1835 - 1893

As Edward Ralph Blackett he was born at Stokesley, Yorkshire on 26 March and baptised at Methodist Connexion, Stokesley on 17 June 1835, son of John Blackett (1807-1881) and his wife Elizabeth née Stephens (c.1809-1887). In 1851 apprenticed to his surgeon uncle William Owen of 'Nova Scotia', Finchingfield, Essex and in 1855 was an assistant surgeon in the Madras Indian army and on his return to England in 1861, attended Queen's University, Ireland, graduating M.D. and the following year came to Southwold, Suffolk. He married at Tasburgh, Norfolk on 27 April 1864, Agnes Gwyn (1836-1873), youngest daughter of Commander William Gwyn, R.N. and their three children were born at Southwold 1866-1868. He married secondly at Cheltenham, Gloucestershire in 1875, Laura Jane Grey, daughter of Charles Samuel Grey and Laura Mary née Elton and they had four children born at Wangford, Southwold 1878-1884. In 1891 a 56 year old general practitioner registered M.D., living at High Street, Wangford with his 48 year old wife Laura, and four of his children, the three youngest born at Wangford. He died at Wangford on 18 June and buried at St Peter's, Wangford on 21 June 1893. In 1911 his 68 year old widow was living at 15 Florence Terrace, Falmouth, Cornwall, with two of her surviving children, Eleanor Katherine 30, and Edith Laura 26 who were both unmarried. She died in Cornwall on 24 March 1913. George Gery Milner-Gibson-Cullum (1857-1921) in EAN&Q NS Vol.VI p. 117, attributes a book 'Shingleborough Society' (1874) to Dr Blackett but this book was almost certainly by Edward Waud (1806-1885) who was forced to leave Southwold after its libellous publication and the remainder of the stock of books were destroyed. His known painting was originally entitled 'Long Island Cliff, Southwold'.






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