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Robert Were Fox, Sr.

Birthdate: (64)
Birthplace: Fowley, Cornwall, UK
Death: November 2, 1818 (64)
Falmouth, UK
Immediate Family:

Son of George Crocker Fox and Mary Fox
Husband of Elizabeth Fox
Father of Robert Were Fox the Younger FRS; George Philip Fox; Joshua Fox; Alfred Fox; Caroline Mariana Tuckett and 5 others
Brother of George Croker Fox; Mary Fox; Anna Fox; Joshua Fox; William Were Fox and 4 others

Managed by: Jonathan Evans
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About Robert Were Fox

Robert Were Fox (5 July 1754 – 1818) was a Quaker businessman who lived in Falmouth.

Life and work

Fox was born in Fowey, Cornwall, in the United Kingdom, and married Elizabeth Tregelles (1768–1849) in 1788. The couple had six sons, including Charles Fox of Trebah, Robert Were Fox FRS of Penjerrick Garden and Alfred Fox of Glendurgan. Their daughter, Mariana Fox (1807–1863), married Francis Tuckett of Frenchay and became the mother of the mountaineer Francis Fox Tuckett. Their daughter, Charlotte born in 1799, married Samuel Fox of Tottenham.

The family were Quakers, descended from George Fox of Fowey and his wife, Anna Debell. Robert Were Fox was the son of their son, George Croker Fox, and his wife, Mary Were. It was George Croker Fox who founded a Falmouth ship-brokering business, which survived into the 21st century.

During the time Robert Were Fox ran the family's ship-brokering business, family business interests expanded into copper-mining, tin-smelting and foundry-work in partnership with the Williams family. In 1794 R. W. Fox was appointed Consul (Diplomatic Representative) by the United States of America for the port of Falmouth.

In 1811, Fox was one of four delegates sent to negotiate with the Post Office headquarters in Lombard Street for the return of the Packet Service station to Falmouth from Plymouth.

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Robert Were Fox's Timeline

July 5, 1754
Cornwall, UK
April 26, 1789
Age 34
Falmouth, Cornwall, , England
March 26, 1790
Age 35
April 17, 1792
Age 37
Falmouth, UK
September 9, 1794
Age 40
Falmouth, Cornwall, UK
Age 42
August 22, 1807
Age 53
November 2, 1818
Age 64
Falmouth, UK