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Chris Scott
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Hi all
I have finally managed to track down the census entry for D'Onston in the 1871 census and it makes for pretty interesting reading!
He is listed as a lodger at No. 2, Acorn Court, Strand, London. The census listing is unusual in that instead of falling within a normal parish this property is listed as part of the "Liberty of the Rolls" - see note below.

The full listing for the household is as follows:
John Murray aged 46 born Durham - a compositor
Martha Murray aged 39 born Lincolnshire
Samuel Peacock aged 20 born New York (Naturalised)
Roslyn D Stevenson aged 29 born Hull, Yorkshire
Lieut. HM Coast Guard

I am attaching a copy of the census entry below.
The notes I found explaining the status of the Liberty of the Rolls are as follows:
Rolls' Office.-On the east side of Chancery Lane on part of the site now occupied by the Record Office (O.S. 1880).

First mention: Messuage called "The Rolles" north of a messuage between "Clifford's Inne east and Chancelor Lane west," 12 H. VII. (Add. MS. 5627, f. 38).

Stow describes it as the house of the Rolles, and says that the site was formerly occupied by the house of the converted Jews founded by Henry III., 1233. See Converts (House of) (S. 395).

In consequence of the Jews' banishment, the number of converts decreased, and in 1377 the house was annexed by patent to Wm. Burstall, Keeper of the Rolls, 51 Ed. III. (S. 396). The converts, however, remained here until the 17th century.

Rebuilt 1717-24.

The Rolls and Records of the Court of Chancery continued to be kept here until the erection of the Record Office, 1856-70, where they are now deposited, and the Rolls' House, the official residence of the Master of the Rolls, was incorporated in the new building.

The Liberty of the Rolls comprised the precincts of this house and chapel, and the privileges claimed may have originated in the privileges accorded to the House of Converts by charter of Henry III. It seems to have been first definitely so designated in 1664 (Midd. Rec. III. 337).

Hope this is of interest

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