Mark Berryman

A photo of Mark & Margaret Berryman c 1855Mark was born in Towednack, Cornwall in 1796. In 1816, he married Mary Broad in Redruth, and shortly thereafter moved to Brecon in South Wales. They had a son, William Humphrey Broad Berryman, but Mary apparently died shortly afterwards. In 1831, Mark married a widow, Margaret Charles, and had seven children: Henry, Matthew, Margaret, Sampson, Elizabeth, John and Robert. They lived in "The Struet" in Brecon, and Mark's occupation is listed in the 1835/1837 Pigot's Directory under Shopkeepers & Dealers in Groceries and Sundries, and in the 1851 Census of Brecon, he is described as a "currier".

This photograph has been dated between 1884-1891, and was taken by a Brecon photographer, Henry Hobbis. It is believed to be of Mark and Margaret. The photograph was discovered by Alan Berryman in the effects of Mark's great-granddaughter, Gladwys Goldsworthy ("Auntie Daisy"). I have not yet found Mark in the 1861 census; but if the photo opposite is indeed of him, we can assume that he made it to at least 1884 (88 yrs old).  



      The Struet, about 1900

What was a "currier"?
The trade of currying was a vital part of the early leather industry. Currying was the name given to the process of stretching and finishing tanned leather, thus, rendering it supple and strong for the use of a saddler or cobbler.