Robert Harry Inglis Synnot[1]

Male 1837 - 1872  (34 years)


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  • Name Robert Harry Inglis Synnot 
    Nickname Inglis 
    Born 1 Aug 1837  Clapham, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 3 Oct 1837  Clapham, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Died 12 Apr 1872  London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
    Address:
    21 Wigmore Street, Cavendish Square 
    Buried 18 Apr 1872  Brighstone, Isle of Wight Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Address:
    St Mary's Church 
    Probate 13 Jun 1872  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Address:
    the Principal Registry 
    _UID A42AFE7C49184D9C871B6D7B0D191092E4F3 
    Person ID I8317  Treefive
    Last Modified 3 Apr 2017 

    Father Richard Walter Synnot,   b. 1812, Wexford, County Wexford Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Apr 1841, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years) 
    Mother Henrietta Thornton,   b. 20 May 1807, Clapham, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 May 1853, Clapham, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years) 
    Married 12 Apr 1836  London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 8, 10, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24
    Address:
    St Mary's, Battersea 
    Family ID F2672  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Maria Harriett Preston,   b. 29 Sep 1838, Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Sep 1917  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 22 Apr 1862  Brightstone, Isle of Wight, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 18, 25
    Last Modified 3 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F2715  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 


    • General notes

      Inglis (as he was known) was most likely named after Sir Robert Harry Inglis, Bart. Sir Robert was a cousin of the Thornton brothers - Robert Thornton was a colleague of his father in the East India Company’s direction. On the death of Henry Thornton (Inglis Synnot's grandfather) in 1815 Sir Robert and his wife became guardians of his nine children, including Inglis's mother Henrietta. Sir Robert and his wife moved into Thornton’s house at Battersea Rise, Clapham Common.

      P. Hore Synnott Pedigree (1913), page 13 notes Robert Harry Inglis Synnot as marrying Mary dau of ... Preston.

      On the "Historical Boys' Clothing" website at http://histclo.com/bio-synnot.html there is a biography of Robert Henry Inglis Synnot, apparently known aas Inglis. As expected, there is some emphasis on clothing of the period.


      Early life

      E. M. Forster's book Marianne Thornton 1797-1887: A Domestic Biography (1956) relates Marianne Thornton’s relationships with various friends and family members, including particularly Inglis and Henrietta Synnot, whom she cared for after their mother (Marianne’s sister)’s early death. The lively Inglis and the sometimes-troublesome Henrietta were very different to the conservative Thorntons - perhaps in some small way a throwback to earlier generations of Synnots in Ireland?
      Adulthood

      In 1859 Inglis went to Canada with the intention of buying some land and staying permanently. He wrote his aunt Marianne Thornton a long letter describing his adventures visiting Niagara Falls. He stayed in Canada until at least 1865 because many of his letters to Marianne discuss the progress of the American Civil War. However, he eventually returned to England and married Mary Preston. It is believed that he settled down to an uneventful life. He apparently became a photographer.

      But his profession was as a civil engineer - this is his occupation listed in the 1861 census.
      An 1873 obituary by the Institution of Civil Engineers reads:
      "MR. ROBERT HARRY INGLIS SYNNOT was born at Clapham in 1837, and was educated at Harrow, and at Christ Church, Oxford, where he graduated M.A. in 1860. In the same year, having a natural taste for engineering pursuits, he articled himself to Mr. Shelley, Assoc. Inst. C.E.
      After the termination of his pupilage, in November, 1863, he continued for a short time to assist Mr. Thos. Ormiston, M. Inst. C.E., Resident Engineer on behalf of Messrs. Lee and Sons, the contractors for the Plymouth Breakwater, with whom the latter part of his time had been spent.
      He subsequently became Resident Engineer on the Wrexham, Mold, and Connah's Quay railway, and, under Mr. T. C. Watson, M. Inst.C.E., assisted Messrs. Lee and Sons in carrying out the Amsterdam Sea Canal works.
      At the commencement of the year 1872 the desire for more constant employment than the profession at that time afforded led him to embark in the timber trade; but he had scarcely done so when he was seized with an attack of rheumatic fever, which in less than three weeks proved fatal.
      He died in London, on the 12th of April, 1872, having been an Associate of the Institution since February the 2nd, 1864."

      There is also mention of an 1871 rail journey across America, from New York to San Francisco and return. This was the subject of an article published in the Contemporary Review 17 (1871: Apr) pages 428-442 by R. H. Inglis Synnot entitled"The Pacific Express".

      He died at a relatively early age: his memorial inscription at St Mary's Church, Brighstone, Isle of Wight reads: "Robert Harry Inglis Synnot died 12 April 1872 age 34 years". His death notice in The Argus newspaper (Melbourne) noted that he was the only son of the late Richard Walter Synnot of Clapham Common, Esq and grandson of the late Sir Walter Synnot of Ballymoyle, Ireland.

      His will was proved at the Central Registry on 13 Jun 1872 by his widow Mary Maria and his cousin Edward Morgan Llewellyn Forster, the executors.

      Postscript

      Inglis was included as a beneficiary in the will of Lady Mary Inglis, which was proved 19 Dec 1872, but he had died earlier in 1872

  • Sources 
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    2. [S3626] TRE134 Family tree - Sir Walter Synnot 1742-1821/1841 on genealogy.links.org, TRE134., 10 April 2014; Links - Genealogy; Data sheets for Sir Walter Synnot and descendants; 2011; Camilla von Massenbach.

    3. [S3628] BIM078 Synnot, Robert Henry Inglis - biography, BIM078., 11 April 2014.

    4. [S3644] BIR266 Birth and baptism Synnot, Robert Harry Inglis, BIR266., London Metropolitan Archives, Clapham Holy Trinity, Register of Baptism, p95/tri1, Item 095.

    5. [S3655] CEN367 UK census 1861 Clapham, Surrey, CEN367., ED: 7; House sch: 174; Piece: 368; Folio: 161; Page: 38.

    6. [S3672] CEN368 UK census 1871 Marylebone, London, CEN368., Mary M. H. Synnot, Robert H. I. Synnot.

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    8. [S3941] TRE Family tree - brightwater(1) (owner Brightwater99) family tree on ancestry.com accessed 22 Jul 2014, 11 Feb 2015, Richard Walter Synnot.

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    10. [S4895] TRE189 Family tree - Martin family tree, Neville Marsh/Dennis Stapleton, TRE189.

    11. [S3631] DTH458 Death Synnot, Robert Harry Inglis - memorial inscription, DTH458., Death of Robert Harry Inglis Synnot 12 Apr 1872; accessed 11 Apr 2014; http://www.isle-of-wight-fhs.co.uk/church_burials/results3_2.php?id=36006.

    12. [S3632] DTH459 Death notice Synnot, Robert Harry Inglis, DTH459., Death of Robert Harry Inglis Synnot on 12 Apr 1872; 29 June 1872; page 4; http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/printArticlePdf/5864042/3?print=n.

    13. [S2015] FreeBMD England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837-1915, 1872, Robert Harry I. Synnot.

    14. [S3674] WIL061 Probate - Synnot, Robert Harry Inglis, WIL061., 1872, page 263 - Robert Harry Inglis Synnot.

    15. [S4500] BOK Burke - A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland Part 2 (Burke, 1879), page 1562, 1563 (Synnot).

    16. [S4501] BOK Burke - A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland Vol. 2 (Burke, 1894), page 1971, 1972 (Synnot).

    17. [S4502] BOK Burke - A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Ireland (Burke, 1912), page 679-681 (Hart-Synnot).

    18. [S4504] BOK Burke - Burke's Irish Family Records (1976), pages 1089-1092 (Hart-Synnot).

    19. [S4528] DTH Death Synnot, Robert Harry Inglis, death of Robert Harry Inglis Synnot; 20 April 1872.

    20. [S4535] DTH Death Synnot, R H.Inglis, death of R. H. Inglis Synnot; 3 May 1872.

    21. [S3938] TRE Family tree - Fisher Family Tree (owner rossfisher1) on ancestry.com accessed 3 Jul 2014, Richard Walter Synnot.

    22. [S4476] BOK137 A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland Part 2, BOK137., page 1476.

    23. [S4742] BOK169 Leslie - Armagh Clergy and Parishes, BOK169., page 390.

    24. [S5498] MAR594 Marriage Synnot, Richard Walter and Thornton, Henrietta, MAR594., Marriage notice; 14 April 1836; page 7.

    25. [S3629] MAR281 Marriage Synnott, Robert Harry Inglis and Preston, Mary Maria Harriett, MAR281., Marriage of Robert Harry Inglis Synnot and Mary Maria Harriett Preston; 26 April 1862; Married 22 Apr 1862.