Francis Enys 1753-1821

Francis Enys was baptised in 1753 at St Gluvias Church, Penryn. Educated at Eton College with his younger brother, John, in 1770 he went to Exeter College in Oxford to study Law. He left in 1777 as a Bachelor of Civil Law. He was close to his younger brother and, when he was on half-pay from the army, they travelled to Scotland together, before Francis returned to Bath. He wrote a collection of ‘Anecdotes of the Sheriffs of Cornwall, 1139-1821’ [CRO reference: AD1187].

Francis inherited the estate in 1802 when his nephew, John, died aged 30. He did not marry, so in 1813 his niece Lucy Anne Hunt, who had been widowed in 1801, took the name Enys so her son John Samuel could inherit on Francis’ death. He died at Enys in 1821 and is buried in St Gluvias churchyard. A report of Francis’ death from New Monthly Magazine reads: ‘ Death of Francis Enys Esq. Age 69 years. He retired to rest, apparently in good health, and was found quite dead by his servant the next morning. Mr Enys was most deservedly esteemed by his numerous friends, and respected by all who had the happiness of his acquaintance, or who knew his character.’

Further Reading

Letters to Thomas Warren Esq. (Karen Tuplin)

Extracts from Inventories and Valuations (Karen Tuplin)

Enys Project volunteers have transcribed many documents from the Enys collection. Click the link below to access those related to Francis Enys.

EN/915-916, will of Francis Enys



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