Henry Colingborn – Easterton – 1838
Market Lavington Museum was recently given a small brass plaque. We’d like to know more about it.
As can be seen, the plaque is heart shaped. It measures about 9cm tall and 7 wide. It is engraved
HENRY COLINGBORNE EASTERTON 1838
The back of the plaque shows five marks where it was joined to something else.
But what was that something else. Suggestions for the plaque include:
- name tag on horse harness’
- the lid of some kind of lockable box, perhaps given by a loved one.
- a coffin plate – perhaps for a child.
We’d like to know more about Henry as well, but we’ll start by suggesting that his surname was normally Collingborn, with two ls.
We know a John Collingborn was an elector in 1836 by virtue of land he owned at Easterton which he occupied himself.
What a shame there is no surviving 1841 census. That might have provided vital clues.
In 1851 there was a Henry Collingborn in Easterton. He had been born in Urchfont in about 1815 and was married to Easterton born wife, Ann Two daughters, Eliza aged 9 and Mary aged 7 had been born in Easterton. This could be the right Henry but he was a labourer and perhaps not in the habit of having plaques of this kind.
If anybody can help us with any information here, whether about the likely use of the plaque or about Henry, then do get in touch.