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Sir Francis Molineux; Robert Quarme

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Contributed by: UK188 Antony Molyneux Steele   |   23 Aug 2017

Sir Francis Molineux; Robert Quarme
by James Sayers
etching, published 17 June 1782
7 in. x 4 3/8 in. (179 mm x 112 mm) plate size; 7 3/4 in. x 4 7/8 in. (197 mm x 125 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1905

Born the son of Sir William Molyneux, 6th Baronet and educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield, Francis Molyneux was appointed gentleman usher daily waiter to the Queen in 1761 (at the age of 23) and Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod in 1765 (four years later). He held the post until his death 47 years later. On his death, as he was unmarried, his baronetcy became extinct and his estates at Teversal and Wellow passed to Lord Henry Howard-Molyneux-Howard. There is a memorial to him at St Catherine's Church in Teversal in Nottinghamshire.

Note: 7th Baronet of Teversal & penultimate male heir to the Teversal line of Mxes! His title was succeeded by a relative, Darcy Mx., who d. childless, but his estates went to his nephew, Henry Howard who then assumed the name MOLYNEUX.--wjs

He died unmarried in 1812, when the family estates passed to his nephew, Lord Henry Thomas Howard, second son, by Juliana, sister to Sir Francis, of Henry Howard, of Sheffield, Derbyshire, and Heath Hall, Yorkshire, brother to Bernard Edward, twelfth Duke of Norfolk, K.G., and who thereupon assumed the name of Molyneux.

Last of the Teversal Mx line. Upon his death the manor was passed on to his nephew, Lord Henry Thomas Howard, whose eldest dau. Henrietta Anne, m. Lord Porchester, 1830 & in 1837 became 3rd Earl of Caernarvon, thus bringing the Teversal Estate into the hands of that family. It continued in that family until 1929 when Eliz. Cath. Dowager Countess of Caernarvon & stepmother of the Earl of Caernarvon d.

Darcy Mx, son of William Mx and grandson of Darcy Mx & Eliz. Bassett, assumed the title of BNaronet upon the death in 1812 of Sir Francis Molyneux, Bart., of Wellow, Co. Notts. & d. w/o issue.

He was the last of his family to be buried in the vault.