Peter Fea and Ann Medd
Peter Fea was born in Birsay on 6th September 1764. He married Ann Medd; who was born on 9th December 1771 and came from South Cave, Yorkshire, England. He was a ship's captain.
Battle's Directory of 1803 for Hull has: "Fea- Peter, Master Mariner, Dock Street"
Peter Fea and Ann Medd had at eight children:
Peter does seem to have had an eventful life. He lived during the Napoleonic Wars and was a prisoner of the French from 1810 to 1814. He kept a diary in a notebook which is deposited with the Devon Records Office in Exeter. (Ref: 1317M/F1). This journal is just four and a half inches wide by seven inches high and covers some 89 pages.
The "Britannia" left Gibraltar on 1st January 1810. On 28th January, it parted company with the convoy in a storm and was captured by the privateer "St. Joseph". The ship was plundered and sunk, while the crew were taken prisoners. On 1st February, the "St. Joseph" arrived at St. Malo and the prisoners were shut in the "Sollidor" tower.
From 28th February to 24th March 1810, they were marched from St. Malo to Auxonne, where they were imprisoned until March 1811. From 11th until 27th March, they were marched from Auxonne to "Logney" where they were held until January 1814. They were frequently moved after that until finally set free. On 16th May 1814, Peter was at Calais from which he travelled to his home, arriving there on 20th May 1814.
The diary records the day to day events of his time in captivity. It includes a list of the English prisoners who died and married during their stays at Auxonne and "Longey". He gives descriptions of the comings and goings of the other prisoners and of the French soldiers, the weather, his lodgings and treatment received.
In 1837, the Hull Directory shows Peter as still residing at Dock St:
The death of Ann Medd was recorded in the Hull Advertiser of 2nd February 1838.
This is included with the odd later entry to the diary.
Peter Fea died on 24th December 1840.