In 1869 he was a Crown solicitor in Mauritius; from 1876 to 1878 a district judge in Jamaica. He was attorney-general of Barbados from 1878 to 1882, and a judge in British Guiana from 1882 to 1883. In 1883 he became attorney-general of Ceylon.
He was administrator (acting governor) of Mauritius from 1887 to 1888.
In 1892 he married Constance Mary Kavanagh, daughter of Mary Constantia née Clifford and granddaughter of Hugh Clifford, 7th Baron Clifford of Chudleigh.
- Foster, Joseph (1885). "Fleming, Francis". Men-at-the-Bar (second ed.). London: Hazell, Watson, and Viney. p. 157.
- "Sir Francis Fleming". National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved 2011-03-24. (web image not currently available)
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