It’s in the Papers…
Evening Post, New Zealand, 29 October 1935
SURNAMES TELL TALES
It was not until after the Norman conquest that surnames were adopted, says an English paper. They were first given as nicknames to suit particular individuals. Today we rarely find any appropriateness in the names we bear. The greatest hero of the day may carry the name Coward, while Mr. Fox may be anything but sly. Yet it is probable that the first man to bear the name of Fox was pre-eminent in cunning just as the first Parrott or Parratt was most likely a great talker.
Sheffield Independent 14 August 1900
BAYONET MURDER AT GRAVESEND
At Gravesend yesterday Private John Morris was again charged with the murder of Private Ernest Perritt at Gravesend Barracks. Witnesses were called who saw prisoner with a bayonet on the night of the crime and Private Floyd swore he saw Morris stab Perritt with a fixed bayonet. Witness was positive that Morris followed Perritt and drove the bayonet home.
New South Wales Police Gazette, 14 May 1919
Ernest Gallagher (24) charged with maliciously damaging a plate glass window to the extent of £10, the property of Michael Casimaty has been arrested by Constable Tatton and Special Constable Perrett, Sydney, committed for trial at Quarter sessions.
Evening Post, New Zealand, 7 October 1933
Mrs. Jasper Parrott who has been spending some months in Wellington will leave on October 17 en route to China, where she will join her husband, Paymaster Lieutenant Jasper Parrott RN of HMS Eagle.
The Tewkesbury Yearly Register and Magazine, precise date not known but between 1830 and 1839.
At the adjourned General Quarter Sessions held before J.E.Dowdeswell, Esq, Recorder of the Borough, the company of proprietors of the Worcester and Birmingham Canal Navigation, who were the lessees of the tolls arising at the locks, weirs and sluices upon the River Avon, the property of George Wigley Parrott, Esq., appealed against a rate for the relief of the poor, granted on 21 January in respect of a certain lock, at the quay, which forms a communication between the rivers Avon and Severn. The principal ground of appeal was that the company was over rated.
Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette, 17 May 1877
COUNTY MAGISTRATES OFFICE
Isaac Perrett, a young man, was summoned for assaulting Alfred Tilbury by pelting him with a stone, at Twerton on 6 May. It was alleged that the stone struck the defendant’s head (? is this a misprint for the complainant?) and caused him to fall. The defendant admitted the offence but said the complainant ‘interrupted’ him and threw a stone at him. This the complainant and a witness denied and the defendant was find 5 shillings and costs, or 14 days imprisonment.
LONDON STANDARD, 26 September 1900
The Queen has sent the sum of three guineas from the Privy Purse as a bounty to Mrs. Parrott of Piercefield Street, Kentish Town, who has four sons and a grandson on active service in South Africa.