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TitleFletcher family of Tarn Bank
DescriptionIsaac Fletcher; commonplace book and papers and correspondence. Fletcher family; corrsepondence - John 1758-1830 and 1st wife Debby, John Wilson 1788-1857 and wife Mary, children Wilson, Alice, Isaac and William. Papers relating to the Fletcher/ Miller connection. papers relating to the sale of Brigham Hill, 1900 and Armaside 1946. William Fletcher of Brigham Hill; household account book and diaries (8) of Caroline Fletcher 1860's-1870's, letter relating to standing for CCC and to William Fletcher Memorial Trust. J G Brooker research papers into Fletcher family. Isaac Fletchers copy of "Arms of the Nobility and Gentry of Cumberland". Notes written by Anne Hickson about childhood at Brigham Hill.
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ContextThe Fletchers of Tarn Bank and Brigham Hill were an old Cumberland family with various branches descended from Henry Fletcher, merchant of Cockermouth, who entertained Mary Queen of Scots on her flight from Scotland in 1568. From the late 17th century, when Lancelot Fletcher heard George Fox preaching on Parshaw Crag in 1681, the family became part of the growing Quaker community in the county. Lancelot's grandson Isaac (1714-1781), while of yeoman class, was a man of many parts: lawyer, businessman, merchant, farmer, and a leading member of the Pardshaw Meeting. As a member of the Society of Friends he was never part of Cumberland 'society' but was active and well-known in West Cumberland; one collateral relative was Fletcher Christian. Isaac's son, John, developed mercantile and mineral business interests, expanded by his son John Wilson Fletcher, who became wealthy enough to build his own house. His sons were to acquire the status in Cumberland denied to Isaac.
Related materialBedfordshire Archives HF91. 1869-1940 Ashby Fletcher son of William solicitor in Biggleswade, and when his firm closed archives transferred to Bedfordshire Archives. See list in paper catalogue
Publication detailsJames Hickson, 'The Fletchers of Tarnbank, a West Cumberland family 1788-1900' (2008);
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