This tragedy of four young girls dying on the Teignmouth Barr in 1734 is recorded as an the entry in the burial register. A few short words only.
The baptism records show the girls were:
Elizabeth Vicary daughter of John and Elizabeth Vicary, baptised August 16 1718, from West Teignmouth (so died aged 15)
Mary Vicary daughter of John and Elizabeth Vicary, baptised October 5th 1722, from West Teignmouth (so died aged 11)
Mary daughter of Lawrence and Mary Potter, baptised 14 September 1718, from West Teignmouth (so died aged 15)
Mary daughter of John and Mary Brewer, baptised 26 December 1717, from East Teignmouth (so died aged 16)
Ages at death assume that they were baptised soon after birth, as was generally the practice in those days.
What is the “Barr”?
Sand bars and the harbour entrance: There is a large area of sandbars in the harbour entrance between the Pier and the Ness. Tidal streams run very rapidly in the harbour entrance channel. When the tide is ebbing, a rip tide flows rapidly out to sea on the pier side of the nearest sand bank. The edge of this bank is steep and dangerous. Walking on these sand bars is hazardous and anyone doing so must have regard to the state of the tide.
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