Index to the Newcastle Courant 1723-1800, page 791: 26 April 1788. Died. Sunday se’nnight at Morpeth, Mrs Laidman, wife of Mr Laidman, surgeon.
Baptism15 Nov 1716, Whalton, NBL
Bapt MemoMr. John Laidman. Curate
Death29 May 1796, Morpeth, NBL
Burial1 Jun 1796, Morpeth, NBL
Burial MemoMr Francis Laidman Surgeon
In 1744 Francis was apparently ship’s surgeon aboard the “Warren” Galley [or Warren Galley], privateer, captained by John Huddy, with a crew of 120. That same year, they captured a French ship:
Ships taken from the French by the English.
The two Brothers and Sister, Luneau, from St Domingo for Bourdeaux, sent into Exmouth by the Warren Galley Priv. Capt. Huddy. [The Gentleman’s Magazine, September 1744, vol. 14, p. 535]. The London Gazette, no. 8504, 21 January 1745, p. 5, reports:
Notice is hereby given to the Officers and Company of
the Saltash and Warren Galley Privateers, Captain
Christopher and John Huddy, who were present at the
retaking of the Ship Grand Duke, and the taking of
the St. Jaques, and are by the Articles entitled to
Prize Money, that they may receive a further Dividend
on their Shares in the said Prizes, on Wednesday
the 29th Instant, from Ten of the Clock in the Fore-
noon till Two, at the King’s Arms Tavern in Lombard-
street, and so to continue every last Wednesday in the
Month, at the same place, from Ten to Twelve in the
Forenoon, till the Whole be paid.
But it is not known if Francis Laidman was still surgeon at this time.
Francis Laidman is mentioned in his brother's (Rev. William Laidman) Will. Also mentioned in the Will of his father, John Laidman, dated 28 September 1745.
The earliest mention I have found of Francis Laidman in Morpeth dates to 1749, when he was 33:
Mr. Laidman for drugs for William Hunter when ill 8/4d (Chapelwardens Accounts 1714-1800)
He may have settled in Morpeth after the death of his father in 1745, or arrived earlier with his brother Mitford, who is recorded there in 1743.
In the index for Masters and apprentices of 1751, one George Hair was apprenticed to Francis Laidman of Morpeth, Northumberland, Surgeon:
Frs. Laidman of Morpeth Northd Surgeon
In 1770 Francis’s apprentice John Walker “deserted his master’s service in December, 1770 and ‘has never yet returned this 4 July, 1771’” [J.C. Hodgson: The Company of Saddlers of Newcastle, read on the 30th November 1921, published in Archaeologia Aeliana, 3rd series, vol. XIX, Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1822, page 31]
The Diary of Nicholas Brown, attorney in Alnwick and coroner for Northumberland (1722-1797) mentions: 1787. Dec. Mr. Francis Laidman, surgeon at Morpeth, sold his tyths of Tuggle, Tuggle-Hall, Crook-letch, to Mr. Robinson of Tuggle for 2,200l. (Footnote: Mr. Francis Laidman had obtained these tithes with his wife Mary, daughter and coheir of John Forster of Higham Dikes, a scion of the family of Forster of Newham. Mrs. Laidman was buried at Morpeth 15 April, 1788, and the 4th June, 1796. There was a numerous issue of the marriage.)
1796. Died at Morpeth, Mr. Francis Laidman, surgeon, aged 80.
Morpeth is described in the Rev. William MacRitchie's "Diary of a Tour through Great Britain in 1795" as follows: "The country hereabout remarkably well cultivated. The small river Wensbeck passes this town. The tide does not reach within five miles of the Borough. As you approach the town from the south you pass by a Castle in ruins belonging to the Carlisle family. The borough of Morpeth is entirely at the command of the Earl of Morpeth.... Morpeth stands in a pleasant but low and obscure situation on the north side of the river. It contains about four thousand people. The houses are low, and many of them old, and thatched. The streets are very rough, and stand much in need of new paving. The county around is beautifully wooded, and the surface of the ground agreeably diversified."
A bibliographical index lists: Laidman, Francis (Male). Address: Morpeth, Northumberland, Date 1784. Occupation(s): Surgeon, medicine (a). Listed in Bailey’s British Directory [for 1784]; or, Merchant’s and Trader’s Useful companion for the year 1784 ... in 4 Volumes ... Volume I. London; Volume 2 The Western Directory; volume 3 The Northern Directory; volume 4 The Eastern directory. The First Edition, 178, BAILEY. London. Printed by J. Andrews, Little Eastcheap, and to be had of the Author, No. 53, Basinghall-street; No. 4, Queen-street, Cheapside; Mr. Long, Optician, Royal Exchange, and of every Bookseller in Town and Country.
Index to the Newcastle Courant 1723-1800: "11 June 1796. Died. On 29 May last in his 80th year, Mr. Francis Laidman, formerly an eminent surgeon in Morpeth, but had retired from business a few years ago (John Laidman, Morpeth, sole executor)." The parish register however indicates that Francis was buried on 1 May 1796...
The text of Francis Laidman’s will dated 7 May 1796:
This is the last Will and Testament of me Francis Laidman of Morpeth in the County of Northumberland Surgeon. First I Give and Bequeath all my wearing apparel of what nature soever to my Sons William Laidman and Charles Laidman to be equally divided between them share and share alike. I Give and Bequeath unto my Son John Laidman my silver Coffee Pott and my largest looking glass. And I Give and Bequeath unto my daughter Julia Johnson my next largest looking glass. And I Give and Bequeath all the rest and residue of my Silver Plate ^and also all my Linnen^ to my said Son John Laidman and my said Daughter Julia Johnson to be equally divided between them share and share alike. And my will is that the several specifick Legacies above mentioned shall be exonerated and discharged from the payment of my Debts and funeral Expenses and every part thereof. I Give and Bequeath all my China Household Goods and Furniture and Implements of Household Book Debts and all other Debts which shall be due and owing to me at the time of my decease and all other my personal Estate whatsoever (Save and except the Shop Goods Stock of Medicines Surgical Instruments and such Goods and Furniture as I have already given and disposed of to my said son John Laidman and which are now in his possession ^and Except the Specifick Legacies above mentioned^) unto my said sons John Laidman William Laidman Charles Laidman and my said daughter Julia Johnson to be equally divided between and amongst them share and share alike Subject nevertheless to the payment of my simple contract Debts and Funeral Expenses but exonerated and discharged form the payment of any Mortgages or Specialty Debt or Debts Sum or Sums of Money which shall be due or owing from me at the time of my decease. I Give Devise and Bequeath All my Tythes of Corn and Grain and Sheaves of Corn yearly arising happening growing renewing chancing on being in or within the Lands and Grounds at Tugglehall and part of Tugglemoor and all other my Tythes of Corn and Grain in the Chapelry of Tuggle or in the Parish of Bahnborough in the said County of Northumberland and all other my real Estate whatsoever unto and to the only proper Use and behoof of my Friends George Potts of Netherton in the County of Durham Gentleman and Cuthbert Watson of Cowpen in the County of Northumberland Gentleman their Heirs and Assigns forever upon such Trusts nevertheless and to and for such intents and purposes as hereinafter are mentioned expressed and declared of and concerning the same (that is to say) upon Trust that the said George Potts and Cuthbert Watson and the Survivor of them and the Heirs of such Survivor do and shall with all convenient speed after my decease Sell Convey and dispose of all and every my said Tythes Hereditaments and real Estate and every part and parcell thereof with the Appurtenances unto any person or persons who shall be willing to purchase the same either entirely or in parcells for the most Money and best price and prices which can or may be reasonably had or obtained for the same And upon payment of the Monies arising or to be produced by such Sale or Sales to Sign and give a receipt or receipts for the same and do and shall Apply and dispose of the Monies arising and to be produced by from and upon such Sale or Sales in such manner and to and for such intents and purposes as are hereinafter mentioned expressed and declared and for the facilitating of the said Sale or Sales I do hereby expressly Will order and direct that all and every Sale and Sales to be made of my said Tythes Hereditaments and real Estates or any part or parts thereof to any person or persons for any price or prices whatsoever which shall be approved of by the said George Potts and Cuthbert Watson or the Survivor of them or the Heirs or assigns of such Survivor shall be a good Sale or Sales And that the payment of the purchase Monies to the said George Potts and Cuthbert Watson Watson or the Survivor of them or the Heirs or assigns of such Survivor shall be a good payment And that the receipt or receipts of the said George Potts and Cuthbert Watson or the Survivor of them or the Heirs or assigns of such Survivor under their or his hands or hand respectively shall be a good sufficient and an effectual Release and discharge to the purchaser or purchasers of and their his or her respective Heirs Executors Administrators and assigns for so much of the said purchase Monies for which such receipt or receipts shall be respectively given And after such receipt or receipts the said purchaser or purchasers his her or their Heirs Executors administrators or Assigns shall be and is and are hereby absolutely requitted and discharged of and from the same and every part thereof and they or any of them after such receipt or receipts shall not be concerned to see to the application of such purchase Monies or any part thereof nor shall be accountable or affected for or by any loss misapplication or nonapplication of the same or any part thereof And I do expressly Will Order and direct that all the Monies arising or which shall be produced by the Sale or Sales or disposition of my said Tythes Hereditaments and real Estates and every or any part or parts thereof respectively or by the Rents and profits thereof respectively in the mean time and until such Sale or Sales shall be paid applied and disposed of by the said George Potts and Cuthbert Watson and the Executors Administrators and Assigns of such Survivor upon such Trusts and to and for such intents and purposes manner and form as hereinafter mentioned expressed and declared of concerning the same (that is to say) Upon Trust in the first Place to pay off and discharge all Mortgages Liens and Incumbrances which shall be Charged and Chargeable upon my said Tythes Hereditaments and real Estates or any part or parts thereof at the time of my decease with Interest for the same respectively And also all my specialty Debts and such other Debts as shall be justly due and Owing from me at the time of my decease to any Person or Persons whomsoever which shall then remain undischarged by my Executor hereinafter named out of my personal Estate And from and after such payments as aforesaid and the Costs and Charges of my said Trustees in and about the Execution of the said Trusts and the performance of this my Will, Upon Trust to pay the clear residue and Surplus of the Monies arising or which shall be produced by the Sale or Sales or disposition of my said Tythes Hereditaments and real Estates and every or any part or parts thereof respectively or by the Rents and Profits thereof respectively in the mean time until such Sale or Sales (after such Payments as aforesaid) to and amongst my said several Children John Laidman William Laidman Charles Laidman and Julia Johnson to be equally divided between and amongst them share and share alike And my Will is that the share and shares of my said Children respectively shall be an Interest vested in them respectively from the time of my decease And I do hereby Constitute and Appoint my said Son John Laidman Sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament And I revoke all former Wills by me at any time heretofore made In Witness whereof I the said Francis Laidman have hereunto set my hand and Seal this Seventh day of May in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and Ninety Six.
Signed Sealed Published and Declared by the Testator ) Francis Laidman
Francis Laidman as and for his last Will and Testament )
in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and )
in the presence of each other Subscribe our Names as Witnesses )
The lands at Tugglehall and Tugglemoor were evidently left to Francis by his wife Mary Forster, who received them as a legacy from her father John Forster (ID 2862), whose will is transcribed under his entry. A Dictionary of American Names (Eldon C. Smith, Harper 1950) reports that: “
Tuggal, or Tughall, a township in the Parish [Bamburgh], and north division of Northumberland, 3 miles from Embleton. It is situated on the southern extremity of the Parish, near Tuggal burn, which shortly falls into the North sea; and comprises about 1500 acres of good wheat land and excellent pasture (the property now of the Duke of Northumberland and J.R. Forster, Esq.). A little eastward from the village containing 119 inhabitants, stands Tuggall Hall.” It is remarkable that Tuggal Hall should still have been in the hands of Forsters after so long! Tuggal Hall is on the B1340 between Beadnall and Embleton, 10 miles north east of Alnwick. It is now (Jan 2006) an hotel, owned by Mrs N Barrett and Mrs J Bucknall. The present house (states one of the owners) is the original, dating partly from the 13th century and largely from the C16th.
Marriage20 Aug 1752, Ponteland, NBL
Durham Marriage Bonds 1594-1815 transcribed by Community Leisure Services, City Library, Newcastle upon Tyne NE99 1DX, p. 260:
Laidman, Francis, bch, Morpeth, 32, surg.
Forster, Mary, Ponteland, 21, spr. (Morpeth or Ponteland
Phillips, Timo, Newc. cheesemonger
1752 Aug 20 Mr Francis Laidman, P of Morpeth & Miss Mary Forster of this P by Lic - Ponteland.
ChildrenJohn , 2751, M1016 (1753-1800)
Mary (Died as Child), 2703, M1024 (1767-1768)
Stephen , 2840, M1958 (bp. 1763-1769)
Alice (Died as Child), 2704, M1021 (1766-1770)
Julia , 2554, M1023 (1769-1815)
Walter , 2562, N1025 (1771-1790)