Have a look at Brinds in the 1881 census
Brind registrations Births, marriages & deaths
Brinds in the news, newspaper cuttings
Brinds in Aldbourne The great fire of 1777
American social security death index results

The history of the Brinds

The Brinds seem to originate from a small part of northern Berkshire and Wiltshire. Today there are something like 1,200 Brinds in England and Wales. Two centuries ago there were probably less than 250 and most lived in these two Southern English counties.

Curiously some of the earliest references to Brinds come from other counties, notably Simon del Brend and Richard del Brynd, who were Freemen of York some time between 1272 and 1338. There is a small hamlet called Brind in Humberside, which used to be part of Yorkshire.

An extremely thorough Brind family history was written by General Sir John Brind in March 1936. This traces Brinds back to the North East corner of Wiltshire in the 15th century.

Thomas Brynde, who lived in the Tudor period, was extremely rich and powerful. He owned the title of the manor of Stanton Fitwarren (also known as Fitzherbert or perhaps even Fitzbrynd).

In 1577 two members of the Browne family and five others attacked Thomas at Wanborough. He had no weapons other than a walking staff. They cut off his right leg and he died from his injuries four days later.

In the Reign of Charles I a John Brind of Wanborough was fined 40 shillings for refusing to accept an order of knighthood. Perhaps he had Round Head sympathies, perhaps he wanted to avoid military duties?

Several Brinds, descendants of Thomas, were prominent goldsmiths. The first was probably William who obtained the Freedom of the Goldsmiths' Company in 1654.

Walter Brind, a silversmith born in Highworth in 1722, became a Freeman of the Goldsmiths Company in 1743 and took Livery in 1758. Two of his sons followed in his footsteps.

Thomas Brind became a Freeman of the Goldsmiths' Company in 1782 and Prime Warden in 1813.

His younger brother Walter Brind, born in Highworth in 1763, became Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths Company in 1820. He had a house between the Goldsmiths' Hall and St Paul's Cathedral. Quite a good painting of him still exists.

You still sometimes see examples of the work of the goldsmith Brinds.

Richard Brind was educated as a chorister in St Paul's Cathedral. He was the cathedral's organist from 1707 until his death in 1718. He wrote two thanksgiving anthems which have disappeared. He is best known for the fact that Handel frequently took his place at the cathedral organ.

General Sir James Brind (1808-1888) distinguished himself at the siege of Dehli in 1857 when he commanded the heavy artillery.

These are just some of the Brinds about whom I have information on my database. Most never made any kind of mark in history, but I am interested in them all. I am pursuing a one name study and have registered my study with the Guild of One-Name Studies. You can contact the guild at Box G, 14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road, London EC1N 7BA, UK.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) has helped promote family history because of its interest in ancestors. The church has an internet site which you can contact via the link below.
Infobases World Wide Family History Network

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The Association of One-Name Studies hosts two annual town meetings at the National Genealogical Society's Conference in the States and at the Federation of Genealogical Societies' annual conference.

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