Francis Fulford (born 1953)
Francis Fulford of Great Fulford, Esq. (born 31 August 1952) is the 23rd Fulford of Great Fulford. He is a member of England's untitled Landed gentry and an esquire in the classical sense of the word, the most senior member of an ancient armigerous landed family who once possessed vast estates in Devon and Lincolnshire. He is a TV personality, property commentator, farmer, and regular contributor to radio and television.
Francis Fulford was the son of Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Edgar Anthony Fulford of Great Fulford by his wife Joan Shirley, younger daughter of Rear-Admiral C. Maurice Blackman, DSO. Lt.Col.Fulford had a considerable military career after leaving the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and served in The Great War, Waziristan, Egypt, Palestine and World War II. Young Francis was born in the bed in which he still sleeps at Great Fulford Manor, near Dunsford in Devon, where he lives with his wife Kishanda and four children. His is one of the oldest landed gentry families in Devon and continues to occupy the same manor granted to William de Fulford by Richard I of England about 1190  as a reward for going on crusade. The present house dates back to the 16th Century.
Francis was educated firstly at Sunningdale School, Berkshire, where he immersed himself in the novels of G. A. Henty, such as With Moore at Corunna and With Clive in India. That was followed by Milton Abbey School in Dorset where he gained 'A'-levels in Economics, Politics, Art, and History of Art.
At the age of 18 he entered the Coldstream Guards but having failed to get a Commission escaped to Australia where he worked as a jackaroo. Returning, he went to work in the City of London as a stockbroker and insurance broker. Subsequently he manages his 3000 acre estate in Devon.
He is a popular figure on TV and known for his casual swearing in his programmes, epitomised by the name of his Channel Four television documentary programme: The F***ing Fulfords, directed by Norman Hull, which attracted an audience of three and a half million and Why Britain's F***ed (screened on 28 November 2009 on Sky One). Another of his ITV programmes was Why America Sucks, (5 December 2009).
In 2007 he was chosen by the Conservatives to fight the Teignbridge District Council seat of Teign Valley. However, he was defeated by the Independent candidate, Mr Stephen Purser on a turnout of 51%.
Fulford has spoken widely, and on the April 23, 2010 he was guest-of-honour at the Traditional Britain Group's Annual Dinner at the Charing Cross Hotel in central London, when he spoke on the state of English agriculture today.
He also writes a blog about life, entitled Francis Fulford's Blog.
- Fulford, Francis, Bearing Up: The Long View, Timewell Press, London, 2004, ISBN 1-85725-203-9 http://www.timewellpress.com/book-publishers/bookpage.php?isbn=1-85725-203-9
- Country Illustrated in which Mr Fulford maintains an outspoken property column.
- Fulford, Francis, Bearing Up:The Long View London, 2004, ISBN 1-85724-203-9
- Bearing Up:The Long View, p.96.
- Colby, Frederic Thomas, B.D., F.S.A., Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford, editor, The Visitation of Devon 1620, London, 1872, pps: 117-119.
- Bearing Up:The Long View(dustjacket)
- Kelly's Handbook to the Titled, Landed, and Official Classes, London, 1962, p.801.
- "Great Fulford :: Historic Houses Association". Retrieved 28 August 2013.
- Townend, Peter, editor, Burke's Landed Gentry, 18th edition, 1965, vol.1, p.294.
- Burke's LG, 1965, p.294 where the three brothers are recorded as crusaders.
- Bearing Up
- Bearing Up:The Long View
- The Daily Telegraph April 24, 2010, p.26
- "Francis Fulford's Blog". Retrieved 28 August 2013.