Rev. Rowland Grove Curtois

A picture of Rowland Grove Curtois' bookplate

Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford (BA 1807, MA 1811, BD 1820, DD 1841(2?)). Baptised 3 July 1786 at Sixhills, eldest son of the Rev. Rowland Curtois, and died 23 January 1849 at Rochester, Kent (his will). Vicar of Oving, Sussex, 11 January 1826; Perpetual Curate of Hannah-cum-Hagnaby 1828-1849; Chaplain to the Forces, Chatham, Kent, 11 September 1812. Living at Amport, Hants, in November 1829. M. I. South Willingham Church. Ordained Deacon in Christ Church, Oxford, by the Bishop 8 June 1811.

THE Rev. Rowland Grove Curtois, D.D., whose death is just announced, was son of Rowland and Mary Curtois ; his father was Vicar of Sixhill, Lincolnshire. He himself was born 30th June, 1786; was elected scholar of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, in 1802; and afterwards made Fellow and Dean of the same College. In 1812 he received the appointment of Chaplain to her Majesty's forces, in which capacity he served in the West Indies, Canada, and Gibralter; and in 1832 he was nominated to the garrison of Chatham, where he remained till his retirement in 1846, making a total of twenty-seven years of active service.
  Dr. Curtois was, also, Domestic Chaplain to the Marquess of Queensbury, and Perpetual Curate of Hannah, Lincolnshire. The reverend gentleman married, first, in 1821, Louisa Georgina, daughter of Lieutenant-General Sir D. L. Tinling Widdrington, and by her, who died in 1836, he had two sons. He married, secondly, in 1839, Mary, widow of the Rev. Aylmer Farquhar.
  Dr. Curtois is much regretted. He was a person of great amenity, benevolence, and charity, and was universally respected. The family from which he derived was of remote antiquity, and claimed an early Norman origin. [Illustrated London News, Feb 17, 1849.]

Married firstly, at St. Peter the Less, Chichester, on 31 May 1821, Louisa Georgina Widdrington, daughter of General Sir David Latimer Tinling-Widdrington and his wife Sarah. She was born on board the ship Maria 17 January 1796, and died at Rochester 14 March 1836 [Annual Register, 1836]. Click here for the Widdrington family tree.

Married secondly, at Rochester on 7 May 1839, by the Rev. Sidney Widdrington, incumbent of St. Leonards, Mary, widow of the Rev. Aylmer Farquhar and second daughter of the late Thomas Scholes esquire of High Bank, Lancashire. She (and her step-son Rowland) were living in Nile Terrace, Rochester, in 1851. She died 18 December 1861 (here).

Issue two sons (with his first wife):

  1. Lt. George Charles Widdrington Curtois, 63rd West Suffolk Regt., born at Amport Vicarage, near Andover, 27 September 1829 [Hampshire Chronicle, Monday 02 November 1829, p1], and baptised 11 November 1829 at Amport, Hants [IGI]. Ensign 23 March 1847, Lieutenant (purchase) 10 April 1847. Killed in action at Inkermann 5 November 1854 (his will).

    The Times, 4 Dec 1854, page 1: "On the 5th ult., killed at the battle of Inkermann, Lieut. George C. Widdrington Curtois, 63d Regiment, eldest son of the late Rev. Dr. Curtois, Chaplain to the Forces, and grandson of the late Lieut.-Gen. Sir David Latimer Tinling Widdrington, K.C.H."
  2. Captain Rowland Latimer Sydney Curtois, 1st Foot Regiment, of Maidenhead, Berks, born at Gillingham, Kent, 2 March 1836 and baptised there 19 Mar 1836 [IGI]. Ensign 1 March 1854; Lieutenant 29 December 1854; Captain 30 March 1858. Recorded in the Hong Kong directory in 1859 (Captain, Royal Regiment, residing at the Murray Barracks), and saw active service in the Crimea, being present at the siege and fall of Sebastopol. Crimean medal with clasp and Turkish medal. Retired (sale) 1866. Living at 2 Middle Street, Brighton, in the 1871 census, and death, aged 37, registered at Brighton in the fourth quarter of 1873.

    Married 5 December 1864 at St. James, Southampton, Elizabeth Beata, daughter of Edward (?Thomas) Bracher. She was born in Bath in 1847, and married secondly on 19 October 1875 at St. James, Westminster, Albert Edward Stuart, with whom she had more children.

    Issue one son, and one daughter:

    1. Maud Marion Widdrington Curtois. Born 14 November 1865 (announced on page 8 of the Manchester Guardian, Sunday 19 November: "14th, at Hamilton-terrace, N. W., the wife of R. L. S Curtois, Esq."), and died just six hours later ("imperfect heart").

    2. Bucks Herald - Saturday 28 September 1867: "Curtois.—On the 21st inst., at Maidenhead, Berks, the wife of Capt. Curtois, of a son, stillborn."
    3. Rowland Sydney George Widdrington Curtois. Born at Maidenhead 19 October 1868 [Alumni Oxonienses], and educated at St Kenelm's School, Cowley, and Worcester College, Oxford (Admitted at Turrell's Hall 15 May 1886, moved to Worcester 16 October 1886, BA from there 12 November 1891. He would have been a contemporary of his cousin Algernon at Worcester). Lodging in Brighton in the 1891 census (as Curtis) and shot himself at 2, via della Scala, Florence, Italy, 28 March 1899. Buried in the Cimitero agli Allori, just outside Florence. Living at 11 Clifton Road, South Norwood, Surrey, at the time of his death. He left 16316 8s 1d, and there seems to have been some dispute over his estate, judging from this.

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