MOLYNEUX, Sir Francis and Ann. Mourning brooch. A large and fine gold brooch (max length 36 mm) consisting of an oblong glazed cover over woven hair, surrounded by 12 flat cut garnets, with a suspension loop to the top centre. On the reverse, a pin, and engraved wording commemorating two people:
Ann Molyneux Ob 11 March 1811 Aet 76
Sir Frances Molyneux Ob 9 June 1812 Aet 74
One garnet with a crack, and with scratch marks across the inscriptions, but in all other respects a most beautiful brooch. Click on photo for further views.
Sir Francis and Ann Molyneux were the children of Sir William Molyneux, 6th Bart of Teversal and of Wellow, and his wife Anne Challand. Ann was born circa 1735, and died unmarried on 11th March 1811. Sir Francis was born circa 1738, and died unmarried on 9th June 1812. He was from 1765 until his death, Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, in the House of Lords, and became 7th baronet of Teversal upon his father's death in 1781. The Molyneux family had acquired land at Teversal, Nottinghamshire in the 16th century, and by 1700 had become engaged in mining there. The baronetcy became extinct upon the death of Sir Francis in 1812.