Francis Fane of Brympton

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Francis Fane KC (c. 1698 – 28 May 1757) of Brympton d'Evercy, near Yeovil, Somerset, and later Wormsley, Oxfordshire was a Commissioner for Trade and the Plantations, and a British Member of Parliament.[1]

Brympton d'Evercy House

Early life[edit]

Francis Fane was the eldest son of Henry Fane, a Bristol merchant. He was educated at King's College, Cambridge, graduating in 1715, after which he attended the Middle Temple and was called to the bar in 1721.[2] As the eldest son he succeeded in 1726 to his father's estate. The next year he became a King's Counsellor and a Middle Temple bencher.[1] He was appointed standing council to the Board of Trade and Plantations in 1725, a position he held until 1746.[1] In 1731 he bought the estate at Brympton d'Evercy from the Receiver General.

Parliamentary career[edit]

He initially represented Taunton in Somersetshire in the parliament which first sat for business on 27 January 1728 (N.S.).[3][4] He also represented the same seat in the parliament summoned to meet on 13 June 1734 and then represented Petersfield in that summoned to meet on 25 June 1741.[5]

He was also Solicitor-General to Queen Caroline between 13 May 1729 and her death in 1737, and chairman of the ways and means committee between 1739 and 1751.[1] In 1746, being constituted one of the commissioners for the Board of Trade and the Plantations, he was re-elected to the parliament which first sat on business on 12 November 1747, representing Ilchester.[6] He inherited some estates from his maternal uncle John Scrope in 1752. He resigned his place as a Commissioner of Trade and the Plantations in April 1756.[6]

He died unmarried on 28 May 1757, aged fifty-nine, serving as the member for Lyme Regis and was buried at Lewknor in Oxfordshire.[6]


Fane's father was a great-grandson of Francis Fane, 1st Earl of Westmorland. His younger brother and heir, Thomas, inherited the Earldom of Westmorland on the death of the 7th earl in 1762.[6] His youngest brother was Henry Fane of Wormsley.


  1. ^ a b c d Bindoff 1982, p. 412
  2. ^ "Fane, Francis (FN715F)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  3. ^ Julian calendar with 1 January as the start of the year
  4. ^ Collins & Brydges 1812, p. 302], cites: British Parliamentary register 146
  5. ^ Collins & Brydges 1812, p. 303, cites: British Parliamentary register 159
  6. ^ a b c d Collins & Brydges 1812, pp. 302


  • Bindoff, Stanley T.; et al. (1982). The House of Commons: 1509 - 1558 ; 3, Members N - Z. Volume 4. Boydell & Brewer, 1982. ISBN 0-436-30420-1.
  • 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
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
James Smith
Abraham Elton
Member of Parliament for Taunton
With: George Speke 1727–1734
Henry William Berkeley Portman 1734–1741
Succeeded by
Sir John Chapman
John Buck
Preceded by
Sir William Jolliffe
Edward Gibbon
Member of Parliament for Petersfield
With: John Jolliffe
Succeeded by
John Jolliffe
William Conolly
Preceded by
Charles Lockyer
Sir Robert Brown
Member of Parliament for Ilchester
With: Thomas Lockyer
Succeeded by
Thomas Lockyer
Hon. John Talbot
Preceded by
Robert Henley
Thomas Fane
Member of Parliament for Lyme Regis
With: Thomas Fane
Succeeded by
Thomas Fane
Henry Fane