Brind/Goddard connection
Thomas Brind
17 Feb 1675 Wanborough Dorothy (Hedges)
b.1643      b. ?
d 1724
Mary Jane Margaret Ann Dorothy ? Possible son
Bap. April 1677? Bap. 5 June 1680 Bap. 3 Aug 1682 Bap. 29 April 1684
=John Broadway,
Vicar at Holyrood, Swindon
See monument
=Francis Merchant? =1721 Thomas Read?
d 7 Jan 1747(70)
See monument
d 14/Mar/1745
See Wanborough churchyard
d 14 May 1748(68)
See monument
See will
d 4 May 1748(64)
See monument
See will
Jefferies Land
See Goddard Records
see Swindon Estate papers

In 1866 when Jefferies Land was written A L Goddard was the largest land owner in Swindon. There are 48 mentions of Goddards in Jefferies Land. The source of much of this information was Julie Goddard who for 25 years was the Goddard family archivist.

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See also Sir Thomas Phillips
and The Goddards of North Wilts (Richard Jefferies 1848-1887).

Ann Brind52925 Oct. 1721 Settlement on the marriage of Thomas Read gent to Ann Brind of Wanborough; release of 528 in trust. (Details of land involved in 526 and 528)
Dorothy Brind5751 Jan 1746/7 Mortgage by Ambrose Goddard esq of Swindon to Margaret Brind and Dorothy Brind of Swindon capital messuage known as Wigglescott alias Westlecott Farm etc. (as in 571)
576Date ditto Counterpart of 575 with an assignment (25 March 1749) by Thomas Hedges esq of London and others legatees of Margaret Brind, to Richard Goddard of New College, Oxford.
11051743-5 Bundle of papers in a suit in Chancery by Margaret and Dorothy Brind against Ambrose Goddard and Richard Southby.
11071743-6 Further papers in the suit
11113 June 1748 Deed of assignment by Michael Smith esq of Alton (Wilts) to Thomas Goddard esq. of his interest etc as executor and residuary legatee of the will of Dorothy Brind
11128 July 1748 Probate of the will of Dorothy Brind, with a copy of the will (dated 30 August 1742)
11141748-62 Account book relating mainly to the estate of Dorothy Brind
John Brind 22 March 1722 Lease (9 years) by Robert Maundrell gent the elder ofCompton Bassett and Francis Merchant gent of Wanborough (trustess nominated in the will of Francis Kemble late of Stratton St Margaret) to John Brind yeoman of Wanborough; the Breach in Stratton St Margaret; meadow called the breach. Breach Mead, Broad Mead, Tuggys Mead and Picked Mead.
Dorothy Brind575, 576, 1105, 1107 as above 11131748-9 Account book of money disposed of by the executors of Margaret Brind.

Further papers are held in Wilts Arch & Hist Library in Devizes Museum


ANTHONY GODDARD of Pirton, co. Wilts., gentleman. Will dated 3 September 1725. to be buried privately in the Parish Church of Pirton at the least possible expense. All property after the payments of bequests in trust for son Richard Goddard, remainder to daughters Mary Elizabeth, Sarah and their heirs. Bequests to wife Mary Goddard, sister Sarah Spencer, kinsman Richard Goddard, nephew Goddard Spencer, and Arthur Evans Executors: Richard Goddard, Arthur Evans, Charles Spencer Witnesses: J.Sadler, Jno. Smith, Edw. Pullen, Ro. Greenway.Proved 8 November 1735 by Arthur Evans, surviving executor.

P.C.C.,227, Ducie.

From C.F.Goddard & John Goddards unpublished history of the Wiltshire Goddards (c) J Goddard

The Brind family

There is an interesting connection between the Goddards of Swindon and another family, the Brinds of Wanborough. When Richard Goddard* of Swindon died in 1732, he had living with him two ladies named Margaret and Dorothy Brind, two of the five daughters of Thomas and Dorothy Brind of Wanborough. The family was an old one whose name does not occur in Court Rolls or parish assessments after the middle of the eighteenth century. Richard Goddard made two wills, the first dated 26th June 1718 and the second 22nd September 1730 with a codicil dated 16th August 1732.

For more information on Pleydell see Coleshill Church Monument to the Pleydell Family

* Richard Goddard was MP for Wootton Bassettl710-13,High Sheriff 1714, and MP for Wiltshire 1720-26. His father, Thomas (died 1710) was High Sheriff in 1675.

In his first will he bequeathed the Swindon estate, he being a widower and childless,to his brother Pleydell at whose death, if he died without issue it was to pass to Margaret Brind who was then to assume the name Goddard. In both his first and second wills he described both these sisters as cousins and kinswomen, making considerable provision for them both. The question therefore arises as to how they were related to him and the Swindon family at that time. Every effort has been made to discover this, but without success. In the Aldbourne marriage register there is a record of a marriage in 1637 between Alice Goddard of Aldbourne and a William Brind of Wanborough, which may have established a relationship, but who this Alice Goddard was it has not been possible to discover. The two Brind sisters and a third, Mary, (who married Rev. John Broadway, Vicar of Swindon 1728-37) were all buried in the south aisle of the old church at Swindon, and tablets to their memory are now on the walls of the chancel.

It is interesting to note at this point that the surname of Richard Goddard's wife Mary has never been discovered.

Dispute over succession

Margaret Brind, however, never in fact inherited the Swindon estate from Richard owing to his second will and codicil, and the succession gave rise to a dispute in the family. By this will and codicil, Richard bequeathed the estate to his only surviving brother Pleydell and if he died without issue, as he did, to their cousin Ambrose Goddard of Rudloe Manor in the parish of Box. Ambrose was the great-grandson of Richard's great-great- uncle Edward of Inglesham. When Pleydell died in 1742 Ambrose took possession of the estate in accordance with Richard's will, but Edmond Goddard of London, who was the grandson of Richard's great uncle Thomas of Beckhampton and therefore a closer relation to Richard, being a first cousin once removed instead of twice, contested Ambrose Goddard's right to the estate. Edmond however withdrew his claim to do this in 1741. Soon after this he again contested Ambrose's rights, this time in relation to certain lands which, having been bought after the date of Richard's will, he claimed as Richard and his brother Pleydell's next of kin. After some years of dispute, Ambrose finally conceded this land to Edmond in 1749. It seems likely that Richard left the Swindon estate to his cousin Ambrose rather than his nearer cousin Edmond (should Pleydell died childless, which he did) because the former was better known to him, was well known in Wiltshire where he had property, and had several sons to succeed him, while Edmond was a stranger to Wiltshire and childless.

Some years back two letters written by Richard's father Thomas (died 1710) of Swindon, were found at the Lawn. Theyare both rather amusing and were addressed to Bullen Reyners, Junior, of Whadden, Oxfordshire, who was then residing with a Mr Edward Goddard "Goldsmyth in the pavd. alley over against S.Alban's Streete in Pell Mall, London".

The first is as follows:- "11 March 1684. Deare Angell, I am not yet in a condition to wright long epist, or to express myselfe other than "Quig'd Valeam", having been downstairs two daies and now againe under confinement of chamber and between whiles in miserable restless Torture. Ye other daiye, to procure present ease I lost about 30 ounces

From: Julie Goddard Date: 15 June 2009 19:32:32 BST
To: Jonathan Brind
Subject: Posers; answer if you wish

Supposed son of Thomas Brind and Dorothy Hedges who were married at Wanborough 17 February 1675

No baptism at Wanborough according to parish registers

A baptism of John Brind at Wanborough 9 Oct 1676 is for "John son of Roger"

John son of "Richi" but at Westminster 10 July 1677 John son of William Brind and Mary Foilman at Highworth 10 August 1676 John son of Henry and Elizabeth about 1678 at Highworth (contributed entry by LDS member)

No brother named John mentioned in the wills of Dorothy or Margaret Brind in 1748


Sir Thomas Phillipps notes on his tree of the Brind family 1866 "Thomas of..........bap 1643 = Dorothy daughter of Henry Hedges ob 1724 aet 80 [issue] John Brind of Wanborough"

Will of Martha Pleydell nee Brind "I give and bequeath unto my nephew John Brind of Wanborough, gent. the sum of fifty pounds upon condition that he the said John Brind do and shall first secure to be paid unto my brother Thomas Brind the full and whole sum of three pounds by the year and every year during his natural life half yearly to be paid and after his decease so secured and paid as aforesaid I give and bequeath the said fifty pounds unto the child or children of the said John Brind to be equally divided amongst them." Was he married, or was expected to marry? Did he owe his father money? Whose natural life? John or Thomas? Was Martha annoyed with John? Was John the son of Thomas? Martha is not recorded as having had a brother surviving infancy except Thomas, but why does not the will say "Thomas his father?"