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Thomas FLINT

1774 - 1859

Life History

1774

Born

1810

Birth of son John FLINT

1818

Birth of son Thomas FLINT

1823

Birth of daughter Amelia FLINT

12th Aug 1825

Birth of daughter Mary Hutchison FLINT in Edinburgh, Scotland

1828

Birth of daughter Alicia FLINT

1838

Death of Amelia HODGES

1857

Death of son Thomas FLINT

1859

Death of daughter Amelia FLINT

1859

Died

Other facts

 

Married Amelia HODGES

 

Birth of son William FLINT

 

Birth of daughter Betsy FLINT

 

Birth of daughter Martha FLINT

EVELYN: Our great grandfather THOMAS FLINT was a Captain in the Army and fought in the Peninsular War. For some time he was stationed at Dublin Barracks, where he met great grandmother.

He was probably about 14 when his father died. Someone must have bought him a Commission in the Army. Perhaps his mother or some other relation. (See following story about his and his wife's first meeting). He must have “Sold Out” after the Peninsular War and married either before or shortly afterwards. What he did after that I do not know. [See below.] Latterly they lived at 7 Calton Hill and they had eight children.

We have his military pistols,

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beautifully made and, I am told, beautifully balanced. The old flint lock kind of course, the steel mountings engraved and with gold inlay.

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On the barrell is the maker's name “J. Probin, maker to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales” (who in 1812 became the Regent, and in 1820 King George IV.).

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Our mother had his punch toddy bowl, a lovely piece of Wedgwood, very large, unfortunately broken by accident in her lifetime. “I remember the punch bowl. It was a very large and beautiful piece of Wedgwood, dark lilac in colour - one of the more unusual Wedgewood colours.”

NAENA: We have his toddy ladle with a George III shilling in the bowl.

Aunt Alicia said he swallowed two raw eggs before taking his punch, and that he went regularly to a Coffee House in either Leith Street or Leith Walk in Edinburgh.

Thomas Flint was 12 when his father died. Some relation appears to have bought him a commission in the army. He was a Captain and fought in the Peninsula War. For some time he was stationed in Dublin where he met and married Miss Hodges of Bray in Ireland - not the town of Bray outside Dublin, but some landed property - where we don't know. That is one of the things any Flint would no doubt have been able to tell me, if I had been interested in such things then. It isn't possible now to trace any Irish families, as the whole of the family records of Ireland were destroyed in the Civil War in the 1920s, and burnt in the Four Courts, the administrative centre of Dublin. Only those families who were so important as to have their own muniment rooms etc or married into distinguished English or Scottish families have any records left.

The story goes that Miss Hodges was going to Dublin for some occasion at Dublin Castle, the Viceregal Lodge. She was young and probably excited at the prospect. She dreamt that, while with friends after whichever event it was, she was with some officers and others, and one of them asked her if she would like to see some white mice in a cage. She went to look at them and then felt faint, and dreamt that a young officer came to her and gave her a glass of something to bring her round. She saw him distinctly in her dream. A few days later she was in Dublin with her family for the occasion. Later somebody asked her yo look at some white mice, and she felt faint, and an officer she didn't know came forward and gave her something to restore her. She recognized him as the man she had seen in her dream - and if she didn't faint before I should have thought she would be near fainting then! However, the story goes, that they became acquainted - he was a friend of her friends. The young Officer was Thomas Flint. They became engaged and in due course got married. They had 8 children including young Tom.

On Mary Hutchison Flint's birth certificate Thomas is described, I think, as "Coach Gaurd" (sic) - but see image.