John Minet Fector

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John Minet Fector (1812–1868) was an English banker and politician. From 1848 he was called John Minet Laurie.[1]


Kearsney Abbey, Temple Ewell, Kent

He was born on 28 March 1812, the eldest son of John Minet Fector (died 1821), and his wife Anne Wortley Montagu Laurie, daughter of Sir Robert Laurie, 5th Baronet.[2][3] He was educated at Eton College, and matriculated at Trinity College, Cambridge in 1820.[1]

In 1833 Fector took control of the family bank in Dover, J. Minet Fector & Co.; some years later it traded as Fector & Co.[4] In 1835 he was elected Member of Parliament for Dover, as a Tory with moderate reforming ambitions. He lost his seat in 1837, to the Whig Edward Royd Rice.[5] He was elected again, for Maidstone, in 1838. In 1841 he did not contest the seat.[6] In 1842 he sold Fector & Co. to the National Provincial Bank.[4]

Fector added to the house and grounds of Kearsney Abbey, built on the Kearsney Manor estate by his father. He later sold it, around 1845. The building was mostly demolished in 1959.[7] In 1848 his uncle Sir Robert Laurie, 6th Baronet died unmarried, and Fector took the surname Laurie.[8] There also descended to him the Laurie seat in Scotland, Maxwelton House in Glencairn.[9]


Fector married in 1841 Isabella Murray, daughter of General Augustus William Murray. There were no children of the marriage. His sister Charlotte married Sir John Edward George Bayley, 2nd Baronet and was mother of Emilius Bayley.[3] The Fector family survived in this line.[10]


  1. ^ a b "Fector, John Minet (FCTR830JM)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ Walford, E. (1882). The County Families of the United Kingdom. Рипол Классик. p. 369. ISBN 9785871943618. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  3. ^ a b Minet, William (1892). "Some account of the Huguenot family of Minet, from their coming out of France at the revocation of the edict of Nantes MDCLXXXVI, founded on Isaac Minet's 'Relatin of our familly'". Internet Archive. London: Spottiswoode & Co. p. 202. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Fector & Co., RBS Heritage Hub". Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  5. ^ Hamilton, Reg (2010). Colony: Strange Origins of One of the Earliest Modern Democracies. Wakefield Press. p. 88. ISBN 9781862548930. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  6. ^ The Gentleman's Magazine. R. Newton. 1868. p. 545.
  7. ^ Kearsney Abbey, River Dover, Kent, Kent Gardens Trust (PDF), at pp.6–8
  8. ^ Cave, Edward; Nichols, John (1848). The Gentleman's Magazine, and Historical Chronicle, for the Year ... Edw. Cave, 1736-[1868]. p. 434. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  9. ^ Montaith, John (1876). The Parish of Glencairn. J. Maclehose. p. 29. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  10. ^ Roake, Margaret (1973). Essays in Kentish History. Psychology Press. p. 167. ISBN 9780714629568. Retrieved 24 October 2017.