Boykett Breeds (1794-1861)

From Historical Hastings

Boykett Breeds 
Died27 June 1861
Spouse(s)Harriet Foster(1799-1882)

Boykett marrried into the Carswell family of millers in 1821. By 1841, he and his family were resident at 1 Commercial Road with his career listed as that of a merchant[1], then being shown at number 5 (possibly a transcription error in the earlier census) by 1851, remaining there until his death[2]

Brett described Breeds as "a very energetic man of business"; he having worked as a shipping merchant, timber, beer and coal merchant, a lime-burner at the Priory, a farmer, coach proprietor, &c. Boykett had, however, lost thousands of pounds over his Priory and Bohemia possessions in lawsuits however[3], resulting in him being declared bankrupt and having to sell a number of his properties[4].

Boykett drowned on the 27th of July, his body being washed up near Martello Tower number 36 near Pett. Among the possessions found on the body was a six foot length of rope, with the end tied in a noose. In his desk was found a note reading “I cannot exist. My mind is gone. God bless you all. B. Breeds.” The coroner returned a verdict of “Died by his own hand while in a state of temporary insanity”, or that of suicide in modern parlance[3].

His will was proved in 1861, leaving an estate valued at under £200 to his wife[5]


Children of: Harriet Foster and Boykett Breeds (1794-1861)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Harriet Breeds (1822-1887)


Ann Edmunds Breeds (1823-)


Mark Boykett Breeds (1824-)


Boykett Breeds (1827-1892) 30 October 1827 27 September 1892
Jesse Breeds (1829-)


Jane Breeds (1832-1880)


Charles Breeds (1833-1877)


Frances (Fanny) Breeds (1837-1904)


Alexander Breeds (1839-1911)



References & Notes

  1. 1841; St. Clement; , &32; district 11 page 12,.
  2. - 1861 England Census, accessdate: 23 June 2020
  3. a b Brett Manuscript Histories Vol. 9 Chap. 65 Pg. 15
  4. British Newspaper Archive Brighton Gazette 18 April 1833 Pg. 0001
  5. National Probate Calendar 1861 pg. 324