Francis Downing

1777 - 1857

Claimant or beneficiary

Biography

Trustee with others under the will of John William Ward, Earl of Dudley, in which capacity they were awarded the compensation for the Whitney and Rhymesbury estates in Clarendon and the New Yarmouth estate in Vere.  

  1. Francis Downing was 'principal mining and minerals agent of the Earl of Dudley's estates.' Francis Downing as Mayor of Dudley, and having chaired the meeting giving rise to it, signed a loyal (anti-reform) petition to HRH George Prince of Wales Regent in 1819: the petition was transmitted by Viscount Dudley and Ward, later the Earl of Dudley.

  2. An obituary of Francis Downing was published in the Gentleman's Magazine in 1858 after his death aged 80 at Winson Green on 18/11/1857.

  3. The Francis Downing 'Miner' and 'Engineer' born c. 1799, shown in the censuses of 1841, 1851 and 1861 as living at Bowling Green Dudley with his wife and family was another man, presumably related.


Sources

T71/859 Clarendon Nos.284 and 320; T71/858 Vere No. 70.

  1. www.dudleytunnel.co.uk/ninety_two.html [accessed 25/01/2012]; London Gazette, Issue 17525, 16/10/1819, p. 1828.

  2. Gentleman's Magazine NS Vol. 4 (Jan-June 1858) p. 103.

  3. 1841, 1851 and 1861 census online.

We are grateful to Alan T. Robertson for his help with this entry.


Further Information

Absentee?
British/Irish
Occupation
Engineer

Associated Claims (3)

£5,480 13s 1d
Awardee (Trustee)
£2,412 6s 8d
Awardee (Trustee)
£4,836 4s 7d
Awardee (Trustee)

Associated Estates (1)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
06/05/1833 [SD] - → Trustee

Legacies Summary

Political (1)

Local Government
 
office →
Mayor
1818 - 1819

Addresses (1)

Bowling Green, Dudley, Worcestershire, West Midlands, England