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A History of Horncastle by James Conway Walter

Edward Gilliat was the eldest son of the late Mr


Edward Gilliat was the eldest son of the late Mr. George Gilliat, of the Manor House (now called "Banovallum"), by his second wife. He was educated partly at the Grammar School, being afterwards a pupil of Canon Sanderson, at Seaford, Sussex. He entered at Pembroke College, Oxford, where he obtained a scholarship in 1861. In 1862 he took a 1st class in Classical Moderations, and 1st Literae Humaniores, 1864. In 1867 he was _Proxime accessit_ for the Latin essay. He was appointed Assistant Master at Westminster School, Sept., 1867, holding the post to Dec., 1870. He was ordained deacon in 1870 and priest in 1871, by the Bishop of London. In Sep. 1871, he was appointed Assistant Master at Harrow, where he remained till 1900. He has been a voluminous writer, publishing his first work, _Asylum Christi_, 3 vols., in 1875; _On the Wolds_, 1879; _Under the Downs_, 1882; _Forest Outlaws_, 1886; _John Standish_, 1889; _In Lincoln Green_, 1893; _Wolf Head_, 1898; _The King's Reeve_, 1899; _Romance of Modern Sieges_, 1907; and _God save King Alfred_, in the same year. He also published, for the S.P.C.K., _Dorothy Dymoke_, and _Champion of the Right_. He has now retired from scholastic work and resides at St. Catherine's Hill, Worcester.


We have already in our notice of the Grammar School (p. 98) given an account of the Rev. Francis Grosvenor, son of an ironmonger in the town; there was also another son, Frederick, educated under Dr. J. Bainbridge Smith, at the school, who graduated at Oxford, and was ordained deacon in 1860, and priest in 1861. He held a curacy at Basford, Notts, 1860-62; was travelling Chaplain to the Bishop of Brisbane, 1862-65; Curate of Holy Trinity, Westminster, 1866-67; of St. Mary's, Hulme, Manchester, 1867-69; of St. Gabriel's, Canning Town, London, 1869-73; at Dudley, 1874-76; and at Hornsea, near Hull, 1876-85; when he, like his brother Francis, retired to Epsom, and succeeded him as Chaplain to the Union there, until his decease.


Mr. John Caparn, Chemist, having a shop in the High Street (now occupied by Mr. Herbert Carlton), had a son, William Barton Caparn, who graduated at Brazenose College, Oxford, taking honours, in 1843. He was ordained deacon in 1843, and priest in 1845, in the diocese of Ripon. He became Vicar of East and West Torrington, near Wragby, in 1846, which he held till 1859. He held the benefice, as Vicar, of Drayton, Somersetshire, from 1866 to 1875. Having private means, he gave up that benefice, and became Curate of Angersleigh, in the same county, 1877-79; which he then gave up, and undertook the Chaplaincy of the Taunton Union, and local hospital. These he resigned after a few years, and resided at Taunfield House, Taunton, until his death, April 10th, 1892. He published various minor works; the first being a small volume on _Epitaphs_, later productions were _Meditations to be used in Church before Divine Service_; _Councils and warnings before and after Confirmation_, &c.

George Gilliat, Esq., late of The Wharf, Horncastle, married, as his first wife, Miss Caparn, a sister. Miss Helen Caparn, another sister, married Mr. William Sharples, Surgeon, a partner of the late Mr. T. Snaith, of Horncastle, and one of the first doctors at Woodhall Spa. Mr. Sharples left Horncastle for Wisbech, being appointed by the trustees first resident physician at the hospital founded in that town by Miss Trafford Southwell. Losing an only daughter while there, the shock was so great, that he resigned the post, and removed to Taunton, and took up there the practice of a deceased brother, which he carried on until his death, Feb. 8th, 1897. At Horncastle he resided for some years in the old vicarage, south of the churchyard, afterwards moving to the house next the "Fighting Cocks" Inn, called "Westholme House." For some years he was a very popular Secretary to the Southwold Hunt.

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