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Francis Richardson Cross


He was born on the 26th November 1847 at Merriott Vicarge, Somerset. His father, Joseph, was vicar of All Saints Church, Merriott from 1832-1855. Educated at King's College, London.

He played for the first Clifton Rugby Club that was founded in 1869.In 1881 living at 5 West Mall, Clifton. Surgeon & Dentist.

He married Maria who died on 26th July 1864.

He married Eva Beatrice (Born 22nd Dec. 1881. Died 27th Dec. 1920).

He was Sheriff of Bristol in 1897.

Back Row (L-R): Stanley Kent, J.Carwardine, F.H.Edgeworth, J.P.Bush, J.Swain, G.Munro Smith, W.Carless Swayne, W.R.Ackland, P.Watson-Williams. Second Row: W.H.Ardsant, F.Richardson Cross, A.W.Pritchard, R.Shingleton Smith, H.Waldo, E.C.Boad, J.E.Shaw, A.B.Prowse. Front Row: F.E.Coates, E.S.Edwards, F.H.E.Stack, W.S.V.Stock, E.M.Pearse.

Above the staff of Bristol Royal Infirmary in 1903 with Francis Richardson Cross. Also in the photo is ex. Clifton RFC player James Paul Bush. For more click here

Back Row (L-R): W.S.V.Stock, Lily Baker, C.E.K.Herapath, H.Chitty, W.J.Lennox, Nicholls, F.J.A.Mayes, A.W.Adams, E.Watson-Williams, E.R.Chambers, G.F.Fawn, S.Hardy Kingston, L.A.Moore, E.G.Bradbeer, A.T.Todd, ?, W.A.Jackman. Middle Row: R.C.Clarke, C.F.Walters, J.A.Nixon, T.Carwardine, J.Swain, F.Richardson Cross, P.Watson-Williams, J.R.Charles, A.L.Fleming, A.Rendle Short, J.P.I.Harty, R.S.Statham. Front Row (housemen): H.E.J.Packer, F.H.Woolley, J.R.Nicholson Lailey, ?, J.Angell James, H.L.Shepherd, L.G.Robinson, R.St J. Kemm, F.H.Hollingshead, Dr Battle.

Above the Bristol Royal Infirmary Staff of 1926 with Francis Richardson Cross.

He died on 12th July 1931 at his home, Worcester House in Clifton, Bristol after a bout of influenza. He was a famous occultist. His funeral service took place at Bristol Cathedral on 16th July 1931 and he is buried at Alveston, Glos