Francis Hoare Spragge [Obituary]

Transactions of the Devonshire Association, 1882, Vol XIV, pp. 119-120.


Rev. W. Harpley, (Ed.).

Prepared by Michael Steer

The obituary appears as item VI in Rev. Harpley’s report to the Association, read at its Crediton meeting, July 1882. Mr Spragge’s name appears as a Pensioner of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge in the University Calendar for 1841. His wife Sarah was born in Blandford, Dorset. They had eight children. Sarah died in 1899 aged 87. The article, from a copy of a rare and much sought-after journal can be downloaded from the Internet Archive. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. These books, on which copyright has expired, are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers.

Francis Hoare Spragge formerly resided at Tor Mount, Torquay, and subsequently at The Quarry, Paignton. He was one of the justices of the peace for the division of Paignton, and was connected by family ties with Sir John Kennaway and the late Bev. K B. Elliott, the author of Horœ Apocalypticæ.

Mr. Spragge and his brother, the late W. Kennaway Spragge, formerly a member of this Association, for many years took an active part in the management of the Torbay Infirmary, the former as a member of the weekly board, and subsequently as the chairman, and the latter as honorary secretary of the institution.

He joined the Association in 1864, as an annual member, but in 1880 he became a life member. He died at his residence, The Quarry, Paignton, of disease of the hearty on 4th August, 1881, aged 66 years.