Edward Poore

Edward Poore serves as an illustration of late Regency high life, from the political turmoil in which old Tory families supported the Whig cause of Queen Caroline, to fancy balls at Almacks, and keeping a nature diary on a fine park, from which an untidy village had been erased. It would be fascinating to know what his Scottish wife Agnes Marjoribanks made of it all.

Lived
1795 - 1838, buried in Salisbury Cathedral
Origin
Rushall, Wiltshire
Father
Edward Poore, 1773-1814, the son of Edward Poore d.1795: his brother was Sir John Methuen Poore, the first Baronet (d.1820), from whom Edward inherited. Their father was Edward Poore d.1788, who bought Rushall.
Mother
Martha Anne Wolff, daughter of George Wolff, d.1801.
Estate
Rushall, acquired by the Poores in 1749: they remodelled the park and village, leaving the church, which they rebuilt in 1812, standing strangely distant from the village. They built a house (called New House in 1803), which was demolished in 1840. (3) By 1833 he had acquired Cuffnells in the New Forest, where his widow lived after his death. (4)
Profession
He succeeded to the baronetcy in 1820.
Political Views
In 1821 he supported Queen Caroline, seconding a motion at a historic meeting of the County of Wiltshire which was reported in newspapers all over the country:
Those who are at all acquainted with the county of Wilts, must consider the great meeting at Devizes on Wednesday last as more decidedly indicative of the true state of public feeling than, perhaps, the assemblage of any other body of men who have met to discuss the subject ... Wiltshire having more close boroughs than any other county, with the exception of Cornwall, is peculiarly subject to corporation influence: and it is no later than last year, that, when a requisition ... was sent to the Sheriff, to call a meeting on the Manchester disturbances, more than 1,000 signatures were procured to a counter requisition; in consequence of which the county was not called together. But on this occasion not only does ministerial and borough influence appear to have been unavailing, but not even an effort was made to check the torrent of public opinion. Those who signed the counter-requisition assisted the requisitionists on Wednesday last, and so total was the oblivion of all party politics, that gentlemen distinguished in every one of the different lines into which the politics of this great country have been lately split, united in the great object of that day. The Hon Capt. Bouverie, one of the most strenuous supporters of Major Astley, generally considered the ministerial member for Wilts, moved one of the resolutions; Sir Edward Poore, of an old Tory family, seconded the address.' (6)
Story
After inheriting Rushall he kept a detailed nature diary over the following 20 years, also with diaries of continental tours, family life, and occasional sketches. (5) He was noted at a Fancy Ball of 500 guests at Almack's, dressed 'in the full costume of Spanish grandees in the time of Philip the Fourth' (7), one example of his regular appearance in the newspaper gossip columns as a splendid Regency baronet.
Chapel connection
1818, marriage
Married on
6 January 1818
Spouse
Agnes Marjoribanks
Children
Edward (1826) and five daughters

Sources

  1. Registers of Charlotte Chapel (NAS CH12/3)
  2. Edinburgh Post Office Directory 1818
  3. 'Rushall Concise History' in Wiltshire Council, website accessed 8 November 2011.
  4. 'Cuffnells: the middle years of the 19th century' in New Forest Explorer's Guide, online, accessed 8 November 2011
  5. Poore Family Papers, National Archives (of England) 1915/44
  6. The Times 20 January 1821
  7. Morning Post 23 May 1827

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