How, when and why did the Hobbins ,s appear in Ireland and from there make their way all around the world.?
Cyril of Kenilworth , England, started me thinking,......(Redcoats?)
I went back to the Regimental History of my Fathers, (James Reginald Hobbins the first) Regiment,The South Wales Borders.
The South Wales Borderers started in 1689 as Derings Regiment, founded by Sir Edward Dering, 3rd Baronet of Surrenden, Ken became the 2nd Warwickshire and then The South Wales Borderers.
In 1689 the Regiment was at Belfast , Carrick Fergus, Newry, Dundalk and Armagh.
1690....They were at Londonderry, Carlingford and Carrickfergus.
1690.s.Were transferred to The Irish Establishment.
1713.....Back in Ireland...on and off untill 1740
1752.....Became The 24th (Cornwallis,s) Regiment of Foot, and were always known as the "24th".
1764.....Back in Ireland.
1782.....Became The 2nd Warwickshire..............Now.....young men usually enlisted into their own County Regiments, the Hobbins lived mainly in the Warwickshire area .....so....logically they would have served in The "Warwicks".....who, in turn, spent many years in Ireland.....Men would have got married and settled locally,with every tour of duty.
1785.....Back to Ireland for 4 years.
1825....Back to Ireland.
1861....Another tour of duty in Ireland.
1879....Another 6 years in Ireland.
1881....The Regiment became The South Wales Borderers.
Considering the above, there were ample opportunities for the Hobbins,s to marry into the local population in Ireland.
Those of you who have seen the film "Zulu" may not have known that the Regiment in question were the Warwickshire Regiment , as they were then....they won 7 Victoria Crosses before breakfast at Rorkes Drift, South Africa.
Is it just a coincidence that my father served some 14 years in The South Wales Borderers...??.....I would dearly love to check The Regiments Nominal Rolls to see just how many "Hobbins,s" served in those ranks,and in what years.!!