John Sparke Amery [Obituary]

Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 10, (1878) p. 51.

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John Sparke Amery was born in 1812 at Narramore, in the parish of Lustleigh, Devon, and at an early age was brought to reside with his maternal uncle, Mr. P. S. Sparke, a woollen manufacturer at Ashburton. He was educated at the Grammar School of that town, under the Rev. J. White, for many years the master. This school is famous as that at which Dunning, Gilford, and Ireland, Ashburton's three worthies, were educated. On leaving school Mr. Amery immediately entered his uncle's business, to which he succeeded in 1844, on Mr. Sparke's death. In 1838 he married Frances, daughter of the Rev. T. W. Windeatt, of Totnes. In 1846, the woollen trade being very much depressed, he retired from business, and turned his attention to forming, especially to the improvement of lately-enclosed common land at Druid, near Ashburton.