Born on 23 August 1823, son of Francis Lear, Dean of Salisbury, he was educated at Winchester and Christ Church, Oxford. Lear made four appearances in first-class cricket in 1843 and 1844, playing for the Marylebone Cricket Club and Oxford University. He was ordained in 1847 and served first as a curate at Bishopstone. He became its Vicar in 1850 and Rural Dean of Chalke in 1852. From 1864 to 1875 he was Precentor of Salisbury Cathedral.
- The Clergy Guide London, Kelly's, 1913
- "Canon Francis Lear" The Times (London, England), Friday, 20 February 1914; pg. 9; Issue 40452
- Wiltshire and Swindon Archives
- Who was Who 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
- "Player profile: Francis Lear". CricketArchive. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
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