Sir Charles Douglas Fox and Mary Wright

With all my home work on my MSc finished, I have just over a week to add some bits and bobs to this blog before the next round of modules start. I’m going to try and add all of my mother’s A toffee pig for Christmas memoirs, but also make a start on the scrapbook of my great great aunt Agnes Fox’s scrapbook. Her parents were my great great grandparents, Sir Charles Douglas Fox and Mary Wright (see picture above).

He was known as Douglas and was a British civil engineer who had been knighted for his work on with James Brunlees on the Mersey Railway Tunnel and a railway linking Birkenhead with Liverpool. He was oldest son of Sir Charles Fox and Mary Brookhouse (second daughter of Joseph), and had two brothers and a sister. His father had been knighted for his work on The Crystal Palace for The Great Exhibition of 1851.

Mary Wright was the daughter of the Industrialist Francis Wright and his wife Selina FitzHerbert. Her sister Selina Wright married Sir Francis Fox, who was the brother of Sir Charles Douglas Fox.

According to the Wiki Sir Charles Douglas Fox and Mary Wright, had one son and four daughters. One of the daughters is my great grandmother Lucy Adeline Fox, who married her cousin Ernest FitzHerbert Wright, son of FitzHerbert Wright and Charlotte Rudolphine Louise von Beckman. The photograph above is from the scrapbook of their other daughter Agnes Selina Fox, who doesn’t seemed to have married. I’ve found a couple of pages in the scrap book with some photos and newspaper clippings about the Golden Wedding of Douglas and Mary. One clipping mentions his son as F. Wright living with his wife at 19 The Square, Kensington. I’m guessing he’s called Francis after his maternal grandfather. The press clipping also mentions another daughter, married to the Rev. Edward H. Askwith of Kirkby Lonsdale, Westmorland. I’ve found a Reverend Edward Harrison Askwith married to a Mary Douglas Fox, daughter of Sir (Charles) Douglas Fox and Mary Wright listed on the as follows:

Reverend Edward Harrison Askwith (8 Sep 1864 in Ripon, Yorkshire), son of Thomas Askwith (b. 21 Sep 1816, d. 8 Jul 1888, Ripon, Yorkshire) and Sarah Nowell Johnson (b. 13 Feb 1825, of, Ripon, Yorkshire, d. 8 Jun 1906, Church Crescent, St. Albans, Hertfordshire).

Married (2 Jul 1889  St. Peter’s, Norbiton, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey) Mary Douglas Fox (b. 12 Nov 1864, of, Sevenoaks, Kent). The following children have been shown:

1. Edward Douglas Askwith,  b. 9 Feb 1895, Brookside, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire,
2. Judith Margery Askwith,  b. 7 Nov 1896, Selwyn House, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
3. Beatrice Mary Askwith,  b. 29 Jan 1900, Selwyn House, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

I found more about the Askwith family here, and it seems like Edward’s grandfather was the John Hadden Askwith mentioned on The Peerage.

The fourth daughter I think was called Judith Isabel who married the Rev. James Sedgwick Wimbush of Terrington, Yorkshire (see here and here), who was the son of Samuel Wimbush (Rector of Terrington) and Catherine Jane Nicholson. James and Judith had the following children:

Michael Douglas Wimbush b.1905 Swainswick, Somerset.
John Bourchier Wimbush b.1908 Swainswick, Somerset.
Richard Knyvet Wimbush b.1909 Terrington, Yorkshire.
James Christopher Wimbush b.1902
Samuel Humphrey Wimbush b.1904 Kensington.


7 thoughts on “Sir Charles Douglas Fox and Mary Wright

  1. Hello. I discovered your blog while doing a little research on behalf of relatives, whose ancestors count Sir Charles Fox through James Fox and daughter Ella or Elinor who married our common ancestor Philip Tyrrell Ward and resided in Chicago. PT is a gr-gr-Uncle of mine. Did you discern that the third son of the elder Fox was named James? Apparently, he was smitten by and eventually married a non-Anglican which caused a stir in his family; he left to reside in Chicago, where my relative met and married his daughter.

    1. Eric … haven’t come across a James Fox through this line yet. The 3 sons of of Sir Charles for were Sir (Charles) Douglas Fox, Sir Francis Fox and Henry. James Fox doesn’t appear to be the son of Douglas or Francis, but he could be the son of Henry and Emily Josephine Knox. They had a daughter called Violet Evangeling Fox who married a Sidney Boyd. Pretty much everything I know about Foxes is included here:

      Hope this helps.


  2. Great pic! John Bouchier Wimbush was my Grandfather! He married Neah Muller and they had Dane John Wimbush, my father!

  3. Hi, I came across your blog when trying to learn more about my 3 x g grandfather – Sir James Brunlees. We seem to have quite a link with Sir James and Sir Charles and wonder if you have more information regarding ‘Sir Jimmy’ as hes become known in the family that may add to what we already know.


    1. John I’m afraid I don’t have information on your ancestor, but Sir Francis Fox wrote a book called Sixty-three Years of Engineering (1924) which I think you can find for free on the web. That might be a useful source.

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