Title: The TWEED Family of Horncastle (1)
Author: Carlton & Sons, 8 High Street, Horncastle

A June 2018 scan of an original c1890s photograph


The photo has ‘Fred Tweed’ in pencil on the reverse. I believe it to be Frederick Gordon TWEED (see below).

The TWEED family provided legal services for the people of the Horncastle area from 1856 until 1971.  The TWEED practice was acquired in 1971 by the law firm known today as ‘Chattertons’.  (The CHATTERTON family have been in business in Horncastle since the 1890s.  Richard CHATTERTON was articled to Henry TWEED in 1910.)

My good friend and genealogist, Wendy Parkinson, has kindly done some research for me and has provided the following information about the TWEED family of Horncastle.

At Langton St Andrew, a chapelry in Langton-near-Horncastle, on April 30th 1861, the following marriage took place:

Frederick William TWEED, aged 30, a Horncastle solicitor born in Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, son of John James TWEED (surgeon).
Mary Rebecca GORDON, aged 20, of the chapelry of Langton St Andrew, daughter of Henry GORDON (clerk).

Frederick and Mary lived at 1, Market Place, Horncastle and had the following children (all baptised in Horncastle):

Frederick Gordon TWEED baptised on the 9th December 1862

Henry TWEED  baptised on 25th January 1864

Edith Mary TWEED  baptised on the 17th February 1865

Edward Ernest TWEED  baptised on the 4th April 1866

Emma Gertrude TWEED  baptised on 22nd November 1867

Florence Maud TWEED  baptised on the 1st December 1869

Isabella Staunton TWEED baptised on 28th June 1871

Margaret Lilian TWEED  born March Quarter 1873

Laura Kathleen TWEED  born December Quarter 1974

The children were brought up in a house with a cook, a housemaid and, at times, a governess, a sewing maid and an under housemaid. Frederick Gordon TWEED, Henry TWEED and Edward Ernest TWEED entered the legal profession.  

Henry TWEED, aged 27 and a solicitor, was still living at home in 1891. He married in Horncastle in 1896.

In 1891, Frederick Gordon TWEED, aged 29 and also a solicitor, was living with his wife May and two week old baby Gladys Gordon TWEED at 29, Lord Street Gainsborough.  They had a visitor named Elizabeth TWEED, aged 52 and born in Epping, Essex.  Elizabeth must’ve been a relative and was, perhaps, staying to help with the new baby as she was a certified nurse.  A cook / domestic servant and a housemaid also lived with the family.

Frederick Gordon TWEED married May HIGLEY at the parish church of St George in Bloomsbury, Middlesex on 24th March 1886.  Frederick was aged 24 and May was aged 25.  She was the daughter of William HIGLEY (deceased) who was a bank manager.

By 1901, Frederick Gordon TWEED was living in Willoughton, near Gainsborough, with a housekeeper but no sign of his wife and daughter.  In 1911, he was living at 25, Morton Terrace, Gainsborough. He is still married but, again, no sign of his wife and daughter.

It appears that life in Lincolnshire didn’t suit May TWEED. In 1901 she was living with her brother, Harry HIGLEY at 11 Howard Road in South Norward, Croydon (South London). With her were her daughters, Gladys Gordon TWEED and Vida Mary TWEED. Both were born in Gainsborough, Lincs. Ten years later, in 1911, May TWEED (aged 47), Gladys Gordon TWEED (aged 20) and Vida Mary TWEED (aged 18) were all living at 30 Woodside Road in South Norward, just down the road from Howard Road.


Frederick William TWEED, solicitor, died in Horncastle on 13th June 1894.  Probate was granted to Mary Rebecca TWEED, widow, and also Frederick Gordon TWEED and Edward Ernest TWEED who were both solicitors. Effects £4,724.

Additional information:

William Frederick TWEED (name order changed?) was born on 25th February 1831 in the parish of Bishop’s Stortford in Hertfordshire.  He was the son of John James TWEED and Harriet TWEED.  He was baptised on 24th May 1831.  In 1851, the family lived at 4 Alfred place, St Giles-in-the-Fields, Finsbury.  William Frederick TWEED’s siblings were Elizabeth May, Edward, Harriet and Emily.

Horncastle burials (Boston Road Cemetery):

Frederick William TWEED 1831—1894
Mary Rebecca TWEED 1841—1923 (aged 82)
Henry TWEED 1863—1942
Edward Ernest TWEED 1866–1942

Alice Gertrude TWEED 1867–1950
Henry Reginald TWEED 1899—1975

It’s likely that these extracts from the internet relate to the above TWEED family:

"The Royal Lincolnshire Regiment Territorials and Volunteers", by H. R. Tweed, subtitled: "A History of the Horncastle Detachment, 4th Battalion The Lincolnshire Regiment (Territorial Army), from the raising of the original Volunteer Corps in 1803 to the present time," Horncastle, W.K. Morton & Sons, 1936.

The submarine E9, which sank the German light cruiser Hela and the destroyer S116 in 1914. Helsingfors, Helsinki. Addressed to Master R Tweed, “Eastfield”, Horncastle. Sep 1912

There was a TWEED family in the Horncastle area in the years prior to the arrival of Frederick William TWEED from the London area.  Were the two families related?

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