Sir Francis Ford 2nd Bart.

15th Feb 1787 - 13th Apr 1839

Claimant or beneficiary


  1. Son of Sir Francis Ford 1st bart (15 November 1758-17 June 1801) of Lears, St. Thomas, Barbados and Ember Court, Surrey. (He died in Barbados.) His mother was Mary Anson (1759-20 January 1837) of Shugborough, Colwich, Staffordshire. She died in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. (The parents were married 22 January 1785.) Children: 1. Mary (? - 9 March 1842; died in Torquay, Devon). She married (29 May 1840) Sir William Lionel Darell, Bt., (1817-1883) (the son of Sir Harry Verelst Darell, Bt. [1768-1828], Bengal merchant and Commercial Resident of the East India Company, Eatwah and Calpu, and Isabella Tullie [?-1800]); 2. Eliza Caroline (d. 1879), married Lt.-Col. Christopher Simpson Maling; 3. Anna Maria (d. 1881), married General Sir David Scott Dodgson, Indian Army; 4. Sir Francis John, Bt. (14 Aug 1818- 26 Nov 1850), married Cronelia Maria, daughter of General Sir Ralph Darling; 5. William (1821-1905), ICS, married Catherine Margaret, daughter Major-General John Anthony Hodgson; 6. St. Clair St. Clair-Ford (1830-1896), Indian Army, married Eliza Jane, daughter Thomas Smalley Potter. Resided at Zeelugt House, Cheltenham (see entry for Samuel Brandford Cox) for fifty years.

  2. Although Ford was born and died in England, a death notice described him as 'of Barbados'. (He died at his home in Cheltenham after 8 years of 'a severe and painful illness'.)

  3. See also Barbados claim no. 270 for counterclaim of Anson family to claim by Sir Francis Ford under marriage settlement (1785) of the first baronet and Mary Anson (d. 1837), the mother of the second baronet and sister of Thomas, 1st Viscount Anson (1767-1818).

  4. Elizabeth Ford (d. 1839), the sister of the 1st bart and daughter of Francis Ford of the Leas Barbados, married (1790) John Colville, 9th Baron Colville of Culross (1768-1849).

  5. Francis Ford figured in the painting by Sir William Beechey, Portrait of Sir Francis Ford's Children Giving a Coin to a Beggar Boy (exhibited 1793). The girl is his sister Mary (d. 1872). The two children also appeared in a miniature (c. 1790) by Samuel Shelley.


  1. Nixon family tree - family search

  2. Hampshire Telegraph and Sussex Chronicle, 22 April 1839.

  3. T71/895 Barbados claim no. 270; T71/898 Barbados claim no. 3258 (Ridge); William D. Rubinstein, Who were the rich? A biographical dictionary of British wealth-holders Volume One 1809-1839 (London, Social Affairs Unit, 2009) reference 1818/21 Thomas, 1st Viscount Anson.

  4. William D. Rubinstein, Who were the rich? A biographical dictionary of British wealth-holders Volume Two 1840-1859 (London, Social Affairs Unit, 2012) reference 1850/10 for Colville of Culross, 9th Baron, John Colville.

  5. In the Tate collection: T06734; Christie's sale

We are grateful to Eric Miller for his help compiling this entry.

Further Information

Name in compensation records
Sir Francis Ford Bart.
Eliza Brady (m. 1817)
Mary, Eliza Caroline, Anna Maria, Sir Francis John, William, St Clair St Clair

The bulk of his property left to his wife; but for full details see TNA, Prerogative Court of Canterbury and Related Probate Jurisdictions: Will Registers: PROB 11/1910.

Associated Claims (2)

£4,588 16S 0D
£6,956 0S 4D
Unsuccessful claimant

Associated Estates (2)

1832 - 1834 → Owner
1817 - 1834 → Owner

Relationships (2)

Son → Father

Addresses (2)

Ember Court, Surrey, South-east England, England
Conway House, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, South-west England, England