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St Clare (1194—1253) Italian saint and abbess


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Adams, Charles Francis (1835—1915)

Admiral Sir George Francis Hyde (1877—1937)

Adolph Francis Alphonse Bandelier (1840—1914)

Air Vice-Marshal Francis ‘Frank’ Hubert McNamara (1894—1961)

Air Vice-Marshal Francis Masson Bladin (1898—1978)

Alan Francis Clutton Brock (1904—1976) art critic

Alastair Francis Buchan (1918—1976) writer on strategic and international affairs

Alban Francis (1660—1715) Benedictine monk

Albert Francis Blakeslee (1874—1954)

Alfred Francis Blakeney Carpenter (1881—1955) naval officer

Allan Francis Smethurst (1927—2000) popular singer and songwriter

Allen Francis Gardiner (c. 1794—1851) naval officer and missionary

Alun Francis (b. 1954)

Ann Francis (1738—1800) classical scholar and poet

Arlene Francis (1908—2001)

(Arthur Francis) Benjamin Guinness (1937—1992) brewing company chairman

Arthur Francis Hamilton Newton (1883—1959) athlete

Arthur Francis Leach (1851—1915) historian of education

Arthur Francis Smullyan (1912—1998)

Baldwin Francis Duppa (1801—1840) educationist

Bernard Francis McGuinness (b. 1927)

(Bertram) Frederick Francis (1919—1998) engineer and businessman

Bourchier Francis Hawksley (1851—1915) lawyer and imperialist

Brian Francis Connolly (1945—1997) rock singer

Brigadier Francis Phillip ‘Ted’ Serong (1915—2002)

Bryan Charles Francis Robertson (1925—2002) art critic and art gallery director

C. W. Francis Everitt

Captain Francis Hixson (1833—1909)

Charles Francis Adams (1807—1886)

Charles Francis Annesley Voysey (1857—1941) architect and designer


Quick Reference

Male forename, name of two saints.

St Francis de Sales (1567–1622), French bishop, one of the leaders of the Counter-Reformation. The Salesian order (founded in 1859) is named after him. His feast day is 24 January.

St Francis of Assisi (c.1181–1226), Italian monk, founder of the Franciscan order. Born into a wealthy family, he renounced his inheritance and devoted himself to his religious calling. He soon attracted followers, founding the Franciscan order in 1209 and drew up its original rule (based on complete poverty). He is revered for his generosity, simple faith, humility, and love of nature, and is often shown preaching to the birds. His feast day is 4 October.The extremely austere rule written by him in 1209 for the Franciscan order was modified in 1221 and received papal approval in 1223, but divergences of practice led to the separation of the Friars Minor of the Observance (the Observants) and the Friars Minor Conventual (the Conventuals) in 1517, and to the foundation of the stricter Friars Minor Capuchin (the Capuchins) in 1529. The order of Franciscan nuns was founded by St Clare (c.1212) under the direction of St Francis; they are known as ‘Poor Clares’. There is also a third order of lay associates (tertiaries), and a Franciscan order within the Anglican Church.

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