The transcripts were created from images of original parish registers or bishop’s transcripts held by the Wiltshire Record Office. Every transcript will contain most of the following items:
Burial records are a critical resource for your family tree. They help to bring to a close your ancestor’s story while providing clues about your ancestor’s final years, particularly where your ancestor was living. The county of Wiltshire is located in South West England. It is a landlocked county and largely agricultural.
Found in the records
The Wiltshire burial index 1538-1990 includes the names of numerous members of the Thynne family of Longleat, the Marquesses of Bath. In particular, we found the burial record for John Thynne, 4th Marquess of Bath, buried at Longbridge Deverill on 29 April 1896. John Thynne is the great-great-grandfather of the current Lord Bath of Longleat.
Hannah Twynney is known for being the first person in England ever to be mauled by a tiger. Twynney worked as a barmaid at the local White Lion Inn in Malmesbury. At the time of her death, there was an exhibition of wild animals in town. Hannah made a habit of teasing the tigers. One unfortunate day, while Hannah was enjoying herself, a tiger escaped from the cage and mauled the young woman. Our records show that Twynney was buried at St Peter & St Paul in Malmesbury on 24 October 1703. Her gravestone in Malmesbury commemorates the awful story with a poem: ‘In bloom of life, she’s snatched from hence, she had no room, to make defence, for tiger fierce, took life away, and he she lies, in a bed of clay’.
William Henry Fox Talbot
Henry Fox Talbot was a pioneer of photography. Through the use of chemicals, he improved the processes of developing, fixing, and printing photographs. Our records show that William Henry Fox Talbot was buried at Lacock Abbey on 21 September 1877. Today, Lacock Abbey is the location of the National Trusts’ Fox Talbot Museum and Village.