I'm afraid my Fred is definitely a different person - the 1881 census gives him and all his siblings as being born at Islington, Middlesex - if you want to look it up, they were living at Fairwood, Holly Park, Crouch Hill, Islington, Middlesex.
However, Fred's grandfather (whom I am now sure was the Henry Charles Hiscocks I mentioned) was born at Frome, Somerset. He and his wife were royal servants (on the census he's to be found in the Royal Mews, Hanover Square, as a "Messenger C S"). Our family records state that he was descended from "Baron Delamere, of H[something] Castle, Froome, Somerset" (I don't know if Froome is an alternative spelling or an error, but anyway the place is pronounced Froom to rhyme with loom).
In the census there are numerous Hiscockses in the Frome area. I've also noticed that Edwin is relatively common with the Hiscocks/Hiscock/Hiscox surname.
Therefore, I feel sure we must be cousins... Now we just have to pin down the connection!
Incidentally, in the census I have found a person called Henry William Hiscocks, whom I think is Edwin's brother. He is living in Cheshire, married to Edwin's wife's cousin, who was from that area. Charles Hiscocks has two grandsons living with him at the census who seem to be children of this family.
I have lots more information about the Cheshire family (Shaw), but I'm afraid very little more about the Hiscocks side.
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