Authorised form of nameChesney; Francis Rawdon (1789 - 1872)
ForenamesFrancis Rawdon
Dates1789 - 1872
Dates and placesBirth:
Annalong, County Down (16 March 1789)
Mourne, County Down (30 January 1872)
Commission in the Royal Artillery (1805), Major General (1855), General (1868); proved the engineering feasibility of the Suez Canal; explored the Euphrates valley and the Tigris (1831-1837); advocated the building of a railway through the Euphrates valley
Royal Society activityMembership:
Election Date:
RelationshipsSon of Alexander Chesney of County Antrim, whose patron was Lord Rawdon (later Marquis of Hastings).
Married: 1) (1822) daughter of John Foster (died 1825), one daughter; 2) (1839) Everilda, daughter of Sir John Fraser (died 1840), no children; 3 (1848) Louisa, daughter of Edward Fletcher, four sons, one daughter
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
R W Home, 'The Royal Society and the Empire: the colonial and Commonwealth Fellowship. Part 1. 1731-1847' in NR 2002 vol 56 pp 307-332
James Hosburgh's signature partly obscured by damage to election certificate
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA7496
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
MC/2Volume 2 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1832-1838
MM/21/33Copy of letter from Carl Ritter [to Francis Rawden Chesney]25 October 1850
IM/Maull/000826Chesney, Francis Rawdonnd
MM/21/32Copy of letter from Friedrich Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt [to Francis Rawden Chesney]7 November 1850
EC/1834/01Chesney, Francis Rawdon: certificate of election to the Royal Society
MC/2/284Letter from William Ainsworth to Colonel [Francis Rawdon] Chesney9 June 1838
MC/2/285Letter from Colonel Francis Rawdon Chesney, 3 Down Street, to Captain Francis Beaufort, hydrographer, Admiralty11 June 1838
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