The Warlands of Wimborne

(A reprint of an article by O.P. Moss for the Dorset Family History Society, January 1989)

The Warland family have lived in the Wimborne area of Dorset from about the early 1400’s. Evidence exists in the old Canford Manor Rolls at Poole Town Hall that in 1473 JOHN WARLOND is in mercy because he has continually failed to drain his moor upon his tenement ..’. In 1409 we find a John Warland instituted as vicar of Canford Magna church from which post he retired in 1511. Could it possibly be the same John? He was presented by the prior of Bradenstoke under whose patronage Canford Magna remained until the suppression of the monasteries in 1539. Various members of the Warland family appear in the records of Wimborne Minster, Cowgrove, Leigh, Almer and Corfe Mullen in the years that followed.

I want to focus on some who chose to emigrate to Australia and for this purpose I home in on William Warland 1765-1838 who in 1791 wed Ann Harbin 1769-1843 at Corfe Mullen. They had twelve children as under:

  • Jane, 1792 who married William Poulden
  • William Henry, 1795-1859 the first Warland settler in New South Wales.
  • James, 1797-1875 who married Francis ?, c1827
  • John, 1797-1865 who married Anne Marie Stickland and had a plumbing and glazing business in Wimborne. (Great great grandparents of O.P. Moss).
  • Christopher, 1800-1867 married Catherine Roberts or Rabbets at Emondsham and had a linen drapers shop in Wimborne Square.
  • William, 1803-1857 a dairyman who married Alicia Feris of Salisbury, Wiltshire in 1823
  • Mary Ann 1804-? who married Joseph Kimber in 1821
  • Robert, 1807-1868 who maried Eliza Horden in 1839
  • Elizabeth, who married William Gooby. They may have joined William Henry in Australia after he built his home in Harben Vale c 1838.
  • Edward, thought to be unmarried.
  • Ellen or Helen as shown on her memorial stone, 1813-1838, lies with her parents in St. Hubert’s churchyard, Corfe Mullen.
  • George, 1816-1822 married Mary Rose in Australia in 1845 and had issue

Most readers will be aware of the severe agricultural depression in the early 1800’s. Dorset was said to have the lowest paid farm labourers in the country. Many will know also of the story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs whose trial in 1834 led to their transportation in 1836. Farming in Dorset in 1823 had a very uncertain future and this may have been one of the factors that caused William Henry Warland, eldest son of yeoman farmer William Warland, to seek his fortune as an Agricultural Advisor to a Dr. Reid of Inverary, New South Wales.

The article continues with William’s life in Australia