FOX, Robert Stote

1820 - 1888

Robert Stote Fox, was baptised at St Hilda's, South Shields, co. Durham on 7 July 1820, son of George Townsend Fox and his wife Ann Stote née Crofton. Educated at Rugby and graduated B.A. from University College, Oxford. He married firstly at Brandon, Suffolk in 1847, Hannah Day, a widow, and in 1861 was a 40 year old clergyman 'not in care of souls', living at South Cottage, Fornham St Martin, near Bury St Edmund's with his 42 year old wife Hannah but in 1871 was living at Red House, Horringer, Suffolk with his wife. In 1875 he took the rectory of Nowton, Bury St Edmund's and his wife, who was the daughter of Revd W. Bassett of Nether Hall, Bury St Edmund's, died on 29 June and was buried at Nowton on 3 July 1878. On 29 July 1879, Robert married at St Mary's Bryanston Square, London, Jane Anne, daughter of the late Revd Simeon James Etty, vicar of Wanborough, Wiltshrie. He exhibited at the Bury St Edmund's Fine Art Society in 1880 'Interior of Durham Cathedral' and a still life and was a regular exhibitor including in 1881 'Elvet Bridge, Durham' and paintings of views on the estate of his brother, Sir William Fox (1812-1893) in New Zealand, who was prime minster and also an artist, also paintings of his own residence at Horringer, and in 1882 'Durham Regatta', 'Marble Quarries on the Road to Orta', 'In Barton Mere', etc.. In 1881, 61 year old rector of Nowton, still living at Horringer, with his 41 year old wife Jane, born Wootton, Hampshire and their newly born son, Robert Stote Fox, born at Horringer. He died at Horringer on 6 September and buried at Nowton on 11 September 1888.