D'Embrun, D'Ambrain




Looking for some information on the Dombrains to solve this mystery:

"Re: Ashby Parva Church (Leicestershire) and the Dombrains. It was a subject that arose one night in the village pub and someone seemed to think that a Dombrain is buried in this churchyard, with family travelling miles to maintain the grave."

Does anyone out there know if this is true? Mystery solved

The Reverend James Richard Rutland Everett D'Ombrain, formerly a railway station-master, died in the Rectory of Ashby Parvis on 22nd August 1947, at the age of 81. He was the son of the Reverend James D'Ombrain, who died at St John's Vicarage in Werneth, Oldham, on 11th February 1894, grandson of the Reverend Henry Honywood D'Ombrain, who died at the Vicarage in Westwell in Kent on 23rd October 1905, aged 87, and great-grandson of Admiral James D'Ombrain (born in Canterbury in late 1793, baptised in St Mildred's on 5th January 1794), who died in Dublin on 24th September 1871. So I expect that the burial is of the Reverend James R. D'Ombrain.

*thank you very much to C.P. who took the time to send the above information


Feb 1817 - Married At Canterbury, Lieut. Jas. Dumbrain, R.N. to Miss Farley, of Farm place.



Above "SIBLINGS?" my photo by, C M Drayson, Photographer, Canterbury


A Photograph taken by J. Clark in Dover. The same children as photographed by Charles Drayson.

*was a Stanley Forest Dombrain born in Canterbury in 1859


In the early 1870's there is a Stanley F. Dombrain (12) staying with his uncle Henry Dombrain at the Parsonage in Saul, Gloucestershire. Henry was the Rector of Framilade & Epney, also staying with them is Henry's cousin Charlotte Bradley, all three were born in Canterbury. (Henry and Charlotte are still there in 1881, but not Stanley, Charlotte is now noted as being born in Sandwich, Kent)

*there was a Stanley Dombrain (age 16) that arrived in Melbourne in 1875 and died that same year



Marked as "STANLEY FORREST DOMBRAIN" my photo by, Photographer, Canterbury c. 1870's


"A Protestant Huguenot family of high extraction, the head of which, Jacques d'Embrun, fled from the town of Embrun, near Gap in the Hautes-Alpes, in 1572. Escaping to Rouen, this family with six others, DeCafour, Le Gyt, De Lasaux, Beaufort, Le Pine, and La Grande, crossed the channel in an open boat on the 19th August 1572, and settled in Canterbury. The head of the family is Sir James D'ombrain, Knt., Bt., R.N., now resident in Ireland. His son, the Rev. Henry Honywood D'ombrain, is vicar of Westwell, Kent, and his grandson, the Rev. James D'ombrain, is rector of St. Benedict's, Norwich. Some years since there was an eminent surgeon of the same name settled in Edinburgh." Huguenot Refugees 1867


The Rev. Henry Honywood D'Ombrain, photograph taken by A. H. De'ath, Ashford

Photograph courtesy of Jeremy Hewitt


Burial of a Henry Honeywood D'Ombrain Sept 8, 1919, Shillong, Bengal India (Tea planter)

Marriage of a Henry Honeywood D'Ombrain to Sundari Tumangi August 18, 1908, Nowgong, Bengal India (father James D'Ombrain)

Members — ITPA and ATPA CHOONSALI, NOONMATI AND TAPASIA TEA ESTATES Proprietors— G.D. d'Ombrain, E. W. d'Ombrain, C.W.R. d'Ombrain

The Choonsali Tea Company, Limited. Formed November, 1888. Capital - Authorised - £50000 in 10000 shares of £5 each 1897



Marriage of a Mary DOMBRANE to David HALL May 12, 1746 at St. George the Martyr

1780 Poll Book Canterbury - John DOMBRAIN, John DOMBRAIN, John DOMBRAIN Junior

Marriage - Abraham DOMBRAIN of St Mildred Canterbury victualler widow & Elizabeth ALDRIDGE of St George Canterbury spinster (32), at St Mildred - 28 Jun 1790

Marriage of an Elizabeth DOMBRAIN (spinster) to John LANCEFIELD, carp, bach (26), Dec 23 1804 at St. Margaret's

George DOMBRAIN of St Mildred Canterbury labourer bachelor (38) & Elizabeth OLDFIELD of St Mary Bredman spinster (35), at St Mary Bredman - 16 Apr 1807


(APRIL) Married. Mr. A. DOMBRAIN to Miss UNDERWOOD; of Canterbury. The New Monthly Magazine 1816

Died at Canterbury, a few days after her marriage, Harriet, wife of Mr. John Dombrain. She hung herself from the banisters of the staircase. - The New Monthly Magazine 1816, pg 273 * - there was a marriage of John Dombrain of St. Margaret Canterbury, Merchant, Bachelor (29) and Harriet Underdown of St. Mildred, Canterbury, spinster (24), at St. Mildred, February 26, 1816 (Canterbury Marriage Licences). There was a marriage of a John Dombrain of St. Margaret Canterbury, Hop Planter and Widow and Mary Ann Sharp of St. Mildred Canterbury, spinster (22), at St. Mildred, October 12, 1818 (Canterbury Marriage Licences). There was a John Dombrain living at St. Peter's Place in Canterbury in 1841 noted as Independent born c. 1791, and an Ann Dombrain age 20, Independent. Was a death of a John Dombrain 1852, Blean district, Kent.

(APRIL) Died at Canterbury. In Wincheap Street, Harriet, wife of Mr. John DOMBRAIN. This unfortunate young woman, in the absence of her friends, took the fatal resolution of destroying herself, which she accomplished by suspending herself from the banisters of the staircase, by a silk handkerchief. When cut down, the vital spark was quite extinct. It appreared that the deceased was subject to temporary derangement; in a fit of which, it is supposed she committed the fatal act. The deceased was a young woman of most excellent disposition, and amiable manners, and had only been married a few days; her death is sincerely lamented by her family and friends. The New Monthly Magazine 1816


James DOMBRAIN of St Margaret Canterbury Lt RN bach (23) & Mary Furley of St Dunstan's Canterbury (age 19, mother Jane Furley widow), at St Dunstan's - 17 Dec 1816


William DOMBRAIN of St Margaret Canterbury merchant (20, father Abraham DOMBRAIN spirit merchant) & Jane Sequin of St Dunstan's Canterbury spinster (24), at St Dunstan's - 23 Apr 1823

1823 - Marriages - Mr. W. DOMBRAIN to Miss Sequin; all of Canterbury. MM1823

1860's William DOMBRAIN (50) Hop Planter, with wife Jane and children Mary, Jane, Henry, 37 St. Margaret's Street

James DOMBRAIN (33) Brewer, with wife Sarah and children Jane, Florence and James in Camberwell, Surrey


Matt WINTER of Dublin bachelor (30) & Maria DOMBRAIN of St Margaret Canterbury spinster (26), at St Margaret - 05 Sep 1826

1834 burial of a Maria DOMBRAIN of St. Margaret's Street, Nov 2nd aged 9 months at St. Margaret's Canterbury

July 25th, 1837 burial of Abraham DOMBRAIN of St. Mildred's parish age 74 at St. Margaret's Canterbury

1855 Burial of an Edward Neame DOMBRAIN of Wincheap at St. Margarets on May 2nd age 5 months

Henry DOMBRAIN b. Canterbury c. 1840 Rector of Framilode, Gloucester


Christening of a Norman Adelston Wolseley DOMBRAIN to Edward and Catherine DOMBRAIN, November 8, 1879, Christchurch Hawthorn, Victoria Australia.

A marriage of a Henry Alfred DOMBRAIN in 1885 in Victoria Australia to Etty Pierce (IGI)

*was a Henry A. D'ombrain (24) in Erith Kent in 1881, he was a mechanical engineer (Erith Iron Works)

*was a Henry A. A. Dombrain, grandson to Catherine Acworth


Freemen of Canterbury - DOMBRAIN (Dumbrain), John, of Great Chart, Gardener, son of Isaac Dumbrain, of Canterbury, silkweaver. 1741

Freemen - John DUMBRAIN, the younger of Monkton, Gardener. 1774

Freemen - Abraham DOMBRAIN, the younger, of Old Castle yard in Kent, victualler. 1784

Freemen - Daniel DOMBRAIN, silkweaver. 1786

Freemen - George DOMBRAIN, labourer. 1789


D'Ombrain family photograph c. 1884

Photograph courtesy of Jeremy Hewitt

Percy Harry Zoe Ethel Emily Mary Stanley James Gran Tommy Grandfather Ernest Cyril James

The family was at the Rectory in Sothby, Lincolnshire in 1881

Rev. James Dombrain, born Dublin Ireland (superannuated from Civil Service 1880) with wife Georgina Anne Ellen Dombrain born Walmer, Kent


Mary Beatrice, born Norwich, Norfolk c. 1868

Emily Georgina, born Norwich, Norfolk c. 1871

Percival Granville, born Asia Minor c. 1873 (d. 1891 Lancashire)

Cyril Wilberforce (twin) born Asia Minor c. 1875

Ethel Magdalene (twin) born Asia Minor c. 1875

*1894 Journal of horticulture and practical gardening...will share our deep regret on hearing of the death of the Rev. James D'Ombrain, rector of St. John's Oldham, and eldest son of the Rev. H. H. D'Ombrain, who died on the 11th inst. in his fifty-second year.


37 St. Margaret's street 1828/29 Abraham DOMBRAIN, Spirit Merchant

1830 John DOMBRAIN, Castle Row, Hop Planter

37 St. Margaret's Street - DOMBRAIN, Hop Planter, 1860's

William DOMBRAIN - Saint Margaret Street, Land Tax Commissioner 1844

George DOMBRAIN, Labourer, Spring Gardens, Wincheap 1850's

35 & 36 St. Margaret's street William DOMBRAIN, Wine & Spirit Merchant 1850's

1865 Poll for two knights of the shire..."name of voter and residence" 1802, William DOMBRAIN, St. Margaret's Street, Canterbury, listed under parish of Sturry (it is the parish of qualification) Voted for B., K.

three candidates: Sir Edward Cholmeley Dering, Bart. - Sir Brook William Bridges, Bart. - Sir Norton Joseph Knatchbull, Bart.


Will of Abraham DOMBRAIN, hop planter of Canterbury, Kent - Aug 18, 1837 PROB 11/1882


Christening of a Henry Dombrain, April 30, 1840 in Canterbury to William and Jane Dombrain

"In February 1854, there entered the school a lad of solemn countenance and slightly saturnine disposition, named Henry Dombrain, son of Mr. William Dombrain, hop grower and wine merchant, of Canterbury - a gentleman of Huguenot descent whose ancestors were said to have come over at the time of the persecutions in an open boat. A good-hearted but curiously narrow minded boy, Dombrain "Archdeacon Dombrain," as the other boys called him was a very Procrustes for expecting everybody else to conform to rules of which he himself approved; but he and Pater presently became bosom friends, and it was from the Dombrains that Pater obtained some of the material which he used many years after in his story of the Huguenot persecution - Gaston de Latour. The Dombrains, who lived in an ugly house in St. Margaret's Street*, attended St. Margaret's Church of which the Rev. Edward Harrison Woodall, an advanced Ritualist with distinct leanings towards Catholicisim, was rector. Mr. Woodall took a sincere interest in Henry Dombrain and assisted him in his studies, while Pater also came under Mr. Woodall's influence and gradually adopted his religious views." The life of Walter Pater

One branch of the family spelt the name D'Ombrain. Sir James D'Ombrain, and uncle of Henry Dombrain's died in 1871, and is buried in Canterbury Cathedral, where there is a brass to his memory.

*my notes - the family lived at no. 35 St. Margaret's street


Information on Ann Elizabeth D'Ombrain courtesy of a visitor to the site.

Birth Jul 1821 in Canterbury, Kent, England
Death 3 Mar 1876, in Victoria, Australia

Marriage to George Cook
1848 5 Nov - Age: 27 Kent, England

1851 - Age: 30
Canterbury St Dunstan, Kent, England

1853 Apr - Age: 31
Departed from East India Dock London - Unassisted Passenger on 'James L. Bogert' Arrived with Departed from East India Dock London 12.1.1853. Victorian Prov V records show: EBY 1853 ABT 1822 age 31 AP Hobsons Bay and Port Phillip Bay Australia DP: London Ship: James L Bogert Nationality English

1876 3 March, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

Annie Marie Cook
1850 - 1933
Katherine Cook
1854 - 1923
Alice Dombrain Cook
1860 - 1932
Charlotte Augusta Cook
1865 - 1953

In 1841 Ann lived with her father John in St Peters Place Canterbury and then lived with her husband George and her father John in London Road, Canterbury according to the census taken 30.3.1851 and George's occupation at that time was Brewers Servant. Emigrated to Australia on the ship 'James L Bogert" and arrived in Victoria in April 1853 with their daughter Annie. This ship was new and referred to as Magnificent and was built expressly to carry passengers. They lived for a while in a tent and George contracted to do carting and channeling of the streets and kerbs in Prahran and Windsor. They then bought the Hotel Mt Erica in Prahran which was kept in the family for quite some time. After the horse races which were held in an adjoining paddock up till 1865 and just general gatherings were a regular feature. The hotel was opened in 1853 and then rebuilt in 1877 and was amongst the first hotels licensed in Prahran. There were at least 17 pubs between 1852-1854 licenced in this area.Their daughter Annie assisted to collect funds to build the All Saints Church.
They used to get their water from the Yarra River and keep it in a cask. Three legged camp ovens and nail cans were principally used for cooking which was done out of doors. Ann came from a distinguished family originally from France where they fled the St Bartholomew's Day Massacre in an open boat with other notable Hugonauts. Ann must have found the new life in Australia very different and challenging.
She was a woman of her own means and after George died it is noted she had property she rented in Chambers Street, South Yarra.
Her brother Abraham had travelled to New Zealand in 1841 and was the founding member of the Auckland Standard of which no copies survive. He died aged 23 in August 1842 and is buried in Auckland Symonds Street, Cemetery



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