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Francis Fane

Birthplace: Fulbeck, Lincolnshire, England
Death: Died
Place of Burial: Aston, South Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Francis Fane, 1st Earl of Westmorland and Mary Fane, Countess of Westmorland
Husband of Elizabeth Fane
Father of William Fane; Sir Francis Fane; Edward Fane; Mary Fane; John Fane and 6 others
Brother of Mildmay Fane, 2nd Earl of Westmorland; Grace Home; Thomas Fane; Lady Mary Fane; Lady Elizabeth Fane and 8 others

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About Sir Francis Fane

From Darryl Lundy's Peerage page on Francis Fane:

Sir Francis Fane [1]

  • M, #26861,
  • d. circa 1681
  • Last Edited=3 Apr 2011

Sir Francis Fane was the son of Francis Fane, 1st Earl of Westmorland and Mary Mildmay.[1]

He married Elizabeth West, daughter of William West.[1]

He died circa 1681. His will was probated in September 1681.


  • He held the office of Governor of Doncaster Castle.[1]
    • He lived at Aston, Yorkshire, England.[1]
  • He held the office of Governor of Lincoln Castle.[1]
  • He was a dramatist and poet.[1]
    • He lived at Fulbeck, Lincolnshire, England.[1]
  • He was invested as a Knight, Order of the Bath (K.B.).[1]

Child of Sir Francis Fane and Elizabeth West

  • 1. Sir Francis Fane+[1] d. b Sep 1691


  • 1. [S37] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 3, page 4134. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.

From the English WIkipedia page for Francis Fane:

Sir Francis Fane of Fulbeck (c. 1611–1681?) K.B. supported the Royalist cause During the English Civil War.[1]


Fane was the third, but second surviving, son of Francis Fane, 1st Earl of Westmorland.[2]

Fane was made a Knight of the Bath at the coronation of Charles I. During the English Civil War he was appointed by the Duke of Newcastle to be governor of Doncaster for the King, and afterwards of Lincoln Castle.[2]

Lincoln was besieged by Edward, Earl of Manchester on 3 May 1644. An attempt to break the siege was made by George, Lord Goring on the 5 May, but he found the Parliamentary forces too strong and retreated. The next night the Lincoln Castle (a key defensive structure) was stormed with the use of scaling ladders. Sir Francis Fane, Sir Charles Dallison, and 100 other officers and gentlemen, and 800 soldiers were taken prisoner.[3]

He obtained some reputation as a dramatic writer, having left, besides some poems, three dramatic pieces.[4] He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in May 1663 (and expelled in 1682).[5]

Fane was seated at Fulbeck, in Lincolnshire, and at Aston in Yorkshire,[6] where he resided the latter part of his life.[2]


Fane married Elizabeth (widow of John Lord Darcy,) eldest daughter of William West, of Firbeck and his wife Catherine Darcy dau of Sir Edward Darcy of Dertford in com. Ebor. and coheir to her brother, John West, Esq. She died in 1649, and left issue by Sir Francis Fane, four sons and six daughters:[2]

  • 1. Francis, who became a dramatist.
  • 2. William, who died unmarried.
  • 3. Henry
  • 4. Edward, who married Jane, third daughter of James Stanier, of London, merchant, living 1679. This Edward ob. 15th, 1679, aet. thirty-seven, and was buried at St. Martin's in the Fields, London.


  • 1. Mary, married to ??? Marshall, of Fisherton, Lincolnshire;
  • 2. Rachael;
  • 3. Elizabeth;[7] married Thomas Wodhull, of Mollington in Oxfordshire, Esq. and died 2 May 1678;
  • 4. Catherine;
  • 5. Grace, wife of William Grove, of Shropshire, Esq.; and
  • 6. Jane.


  • 1. ^ Cracroft-Brennan
  • 2. ^ Collins 1812, p. 300
  • 3. ^ Baldock 1809, p. 138 cites Goode's True Relation, &c.; King's Pamphlets, E 47 and E 50 }}
  • 4. ^ Collins 1812, p. 300, cites: Biographia Dramatica vol i. p 150.
  • 5. ^ "Library and Archive Catalogue". Royal Society. Retrieved 2 December 2010.
  • 6. ^ Collins 1812, p. 300, cites: A Visitation of Yorksh. C. 40, p. 200, in Offic. Armor
  • 7. ^ Collins 1812, p. 300, cites: Inscription in Mollington Church


Baldock, Thomas Stanford (1809). Cromwell as a soldier. 5 of The Welessley series. K. Paul, Trench, Trübner & co., ltd.. p. 138.

Cracroft-Brennan, Patrick. "Westmorland, Earl of (E, 1624)". Cracroft's Peerage. Retrieved 21 July 2010.

Collins, Arthur; Brydges, Egerton (1812). Collins's Peerage of England; Genealogical, Biographical, and Historical. 3. F. C. and J. Rivington, Otridge and son.


This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: "Collins's Peerage of England; Genealogical, Biographical, and Historical" by Arthur Collins (1812)

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