Brian Moseley, Plymouth
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EDWARD HOXLAND (1760-1832)

Edward Hoxland was born in Exeter, where he was baptized at the Anglican Church of Saint David on June 22nd 1760.

He was apprenticed to Mr Barnabas Thorne, printer, of Exeter and became a freeman of the Borough on April 3rd 1784.  He apparently moved immediately to Plymouth-Dock as it was at Stoke Damerel Parish Church on February 2nd 1785 that he married by licence a widow by the name of Sarah Courtis.  Given that she died in 1810 at the age of 64, it would appear that she was nearly 40 and he only 25 at the time.

He immediately set about printing and publishing "The Plymouth-Dock Guide: or, An Authentic Account of the Rise and Progress of that Town, with The Dock-Yard".  The title continued all the way down the title page.  At the bottom he gave his address as 'Next door to the Fountain Tavern, Fore-street'.  It was first issued in 1796 and appears to have been issued again in 1799 and possibly in 1801.

On September 27th 1803 Mr Hoxland was appointed by the War-Office as a Captain of the Plymouth-Dock Volunteer Infantry.

During the time that Napoleon was held prisoner in Plymouth Sound, Mr Hoxland is credited with supplying the Frenchman with newspapers every day.

On July 5th 1819 the partnership of Messrs Edward Hoxland, Leonard Courtis Cross and William Colman, printers, booksellers, bookbinders and stationers was dissolved and continued by Edward Hoxland on his own behalf.

In August 1819 he, with partners Mr Peter Nettleton, Mr Edward Nettleton and Mr William Colman, started "The Plymouth and Plymouth-Dock Weekly Journal".  The partnership was dissolved in 1827.

Mr Edward Hoxland died aged 72 years at his home in George Street, Devonport, but his body was transported home to Exeter, where he was buried in the precincts of Exeter Cathedral on Friday February 3rd 1832.