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Richard Rose was a regular visitor to antiquarian bookshops on Portobello Road in London where one day he bought the canvas-bound diary of Matthew Campbell, a relative of Lord Cawdor of Stackpole,who was the Customs Officer in Pembroke around 1800. The diary, some of it in code, related Campbell’s conquests in the Pembroke area. Richard’s research into all the people mentioned expanded into a detailed record of almost everybody in Pembroke and Pembroke Dock in the early 19th century.
His book Pembroke People
is a unique record, a researcher’s delight and a genealogist’s golden source. The book covers the birth of Pembroke Dockyard, the ships built and the people who built them, the men from Pembroke who had sailed with Lord Nelson; every profession and every person within that profession was included in his research, together with any misdemeanours that were found in old Petty Sessions Records.
Richard spent many years researching at the Public Record Office at Kew, the Naval Records at Greenwich, the National Library of Wales at Aberystwyth, Carmarthenshire Archives and the Pembrokeshire Record Office.
This INDEX TO PEMBROKE PEOPLE
(transcribed by Lynne Ingalls) contains more than 5000 names listed in the first part of Richard Rose's book. The index is in 'pdf' format so can be freely searched.
is available in record offices and some libraries in Dyfed but can also be purchased on this website