Brian Moseley, Plymouth
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Richard Robinson Rodd was born in the parish of Stoke Damerel to Mr Richard Rodd, solicitor, and his wife Mary, formerly Skues.  They had married at Stoke Damerel Parish Church on August 11th 1826.  Young Richard was baptized originally on March 4th 1830 but the Parish Register states that he was 'fully baptized on June 18th 1830'.

After completing his education at Falmouth Grammar School, in Cornwall, he studied law and was finally admitted as a solicitor, like his father.

On March 14th 1855 Mr Richard Robinson Rodd married Miss Matilda Louisa Thomas at Charles Church, Plymouth.

For a half a century he was involved in the administration of the Poor Law in East Stonehouse and for a number of years was Clerk to the East Stonehouse Board of Guardians.  He was a friend to the unfortunate and deserving and served on many charitable and philanthropic bodies in the Three Towns.

In July 1872 Mr Rodd was elected as coroner for the Stoke Damerel Division of the County of Devon.  He also served as Clerk to the County Magistrates and Superintendent Registrar of Births and Deaths.

As a Freemason he was a Past Master of Lodge Sincerity.   At one time he was a churchwarden of Saint George's, the parish church of East Stonehouse.   He also became senior captain of the 16th (East Stonehouse) Company of Rifle Volunteers until that Company was amalgamated with those from Plymouth, Devonport, Maker and Tavistock to form a single battalion.

From 1890 onwards he was chairman of sailing and regatta committees of the Great Western Yacht Club of England.

Mr Rodd had never practised in the courts but was an authority on the law of settlement and boasted that he had never lost a case.

Mr Richard Robinson Rodd died shortly before 10am on the morning of Sunday November 14th 1897 at his residence, number 87 Durnford Street, East Stonehouse.  At the time of his passing he was the senior coroner in the County of Devon.

The funeral took place at Saint George's Church at Midday on Wednesday November 17th 1897.  Among the floral tributes was one from "Sarah", who was probably Miss Sarah S Revell, who in 1891 was a 23-year-old servant in his household.  His body was laid in the family vault in the Churchyard.

Mr Rodd was survived by three of his brothers: the Reverend Edward Scott Rodd, vicar of Carlinghow, Batley, Yorkshire; the Reverend Frederick A Rodd, of Weston-super-Mare, Somerset; and Mr Augustus Willoughby Rodd, JP, who was in Melbourne, Australia; his widow, Mary; and three sons and three daughters.  The eldest son, also Mr Richard Robinson Rodd, was deputy coroner under his father and was appointed coroner in his stead.