Richard Brook Pugsley (1852 - 1929)

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Birthplace: Appledore, Devon, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Newport, United Kingdom
Occupation: Harbour Master
Managed by: Paul Holman
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About Richard Brook Pugsley

From his obituary in the "South Wales Argus" 'Long Service Ends' and other articles 'Strong and Sincere ... Tribute to the late Captain R. B. Pugsley' and 'Probate Renounced ... Estate of £1,8444'

+ Born in Appledore, North Devon 27.Sep.1852, but "came to Newport with his parents as a young boy"

+ Educated at Roberts's school, Charles Street and afterwards at Twekesbury

+ 1864, started his sea life, at 23 passed the Board of Trade exams at Bristol

+ 27.Nov.1874 became Master Mariner, his first command as Captain being under the late Robert Gething of Newport

+ 187 joined the steamship service under Sir Robert Ropner and "traded to all parts of the world" 

+ "commanded sailing ships until 1888"

+ Appointed to Harbour Master in Newport 14.Nov. 1888 for 41 years

+ on the Pilotage Board (was Chairman), Admiralty Assessor at County Court, "Younger Brother of Trinity for services to Trinity House" (responsible for lighthouses)

+ "breezy disposition" ... :typical son of the sea"

+ Resided at 18 Stow Park avenue, Newport

+ Died following chest complaint, "sudden end" on Wednesday

+ Buried at Newport Cemetery "on Saturday"

+ Survived by a widow (Cecilia), one son (Eric of Newport), and two daughters (Mrs E Plaisted of Newport and Mrs McClellan of Nottingham)m another son killed at sea

"Strong and Sincere"

+ Mourners at Funeral included Mr B Plaisted (grandson), Mr J. E. McKeon, Nottingham (son-in-law), Mr Roy B. Key, Mr Cyril Pugsley, Mr Peter Pugsley (nephews) etc.

+ The firm of Alfred Morgan were undertakers

"Probate Renounced .. The Will of Newport's Late Harbour Master .. Estate of £1,844"

+ Died ages 78, estate of gross value of £1,844 7s 3d with net £1,534 6d

+ letters of administation granted to Mrs Nancy Kathleen Cecilia McKeon of 2 Berkely Avenue, Nottingham

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Richard Brook Pugsley's Timeline

September 27, 1852
Appledore, Devon, United Kingdom

Name: Richard Brook Pugsley
Year of Registration: 1852
Quarter of Registration: Oct-Nov-Dec
District: Bideford
County: Devon
Volume: 5b
Page: 508

April 1861
Age 8
Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales

PUGSLEY, Anthony Head Married M 45 1816 Mariner M S Lochore Devon
PUGSLEY, Elizabeth Wife Married F 40 1821 Northam Devon
PUGSLEY, William H Son Unmarried M 16 1845 Mariner M S Appledore Devon
PUGSLEY, Anthony Son M 11 1850 Scholar Appledore Devon
PUGSLEY, Richard B Son M 9 1852 Scholar Appledore Devon
PUGSLEY, Mary Ann Daughter F 6 1855 Scholar Appledore Devon

LANG, William Boarder Unmarried M 56 1805 Mariner M S Abbotsham Devon
EVANS, Elizabeth Visitor Widow F 66 1795 Washerwoman Northam Devon
PUGSLEY, John Visitor Unmarried M 20 1841 Clerk Appledore Devon

RG number: RG09 Piece: 4020 Folio: 43 Page: 43
Address: 42, Dolphin Street, St Woollos, Newport

Age 25
Glamorgan, Gwent, Monmouthshire

Name: Richard Brook Pugsley
Year of Registration: 1878
Quarter of Registration: Apr-May-Jun
District: Newport M
County: Glamorgan, Gwent, Monmouthshire
Volume: 11a
Page: 217

On same page:
+ Elizabeth Baker
+ Elizabeth Richards Narcombe

Age 27
Newport, United Kingdom
Age 31
Newport, United Kingdom
Age 35

PUGSLEY, Richard Brook b. Appledore, Devon 1852 C95596 Bristol 1874
vol.23 1875-1879; vol.38 1880-1887; vol.53 1888; vol.68 no voyages

April 1891
Age 38
Christchurch With Caerleon Ultra Pontem, Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales

PUGSLEY, Richard B Head Married M 38 1853 Harbour Master Appledore Devonshire
PUGSLEY, Elizabeth Wife Married F 41 1850 Newport Monmouthshire
PUGSLEY, William H Son M 7 1884 Newport Monmouthshire
CHRISTOPHER, Annie Servant Single F 26 1865 Domestic Servant Magor Monmouthshire

Address: 195, Chepstow Road, Christchurch With Caerleon Ultra Pontem, Newport

Age 42
Newport, United Kingdom

Name: Richard Brook Pugsley
Year of Registration: 1895
Quarter of Registration: Jul-Aug-Sep
District: Newport M
County: Glamorgan, Gwent, Monmouthshire
Volume: 11a
Page: 295

On same page: Cecilia Hunter

November 7, 1896
Age 44
Newport, Monmouthshire
Age 45
Newport, United Kingdom