Sir Francis Blake, 2nd Baronet, of Twizell Castle
Sir Francis Blake (c1737-22 May 1818) was a High Sheriff of Northumberland (1784), a major land owner of that county, and a political writer.
He inherited substantial Northumberland estates including Twizell Castle, Tillmouth House, Seghill and Fowberry Tower, the latter being sold in 1807. He also purchased, in 1788, a 1,600-acre (6.5 km2) estate at Duddo from John Clavering of Callaly Castle for £1400 which his son sold in 1823 for £45000.
His seat was at initially at Fowberry and later at Tillmouth.
- The Efficacy of a Sinking Fund of one Million per annum Considered, 1786
- The Propriety of an Actual Payment of the Public Debt Considered, 1786
- The True Policy of Great Britain Considered, 1787
- Gordon Goodwin, ‘Blake, Sir Francis, second baronet (1736/7–1818)’, rev. Philip Carter, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004