Sir Francis Ronalds and his Family

John Corrie Carter

Caricature of John Corrie Carter. From Vanity Fair (1912)

Sir Francis' nephew John Corrie Carter (1839-1927) attended the University of Cambridge. This was the first generation of the family to graduate from university in England as the Anglican religious tests had now been removed. He was a talented sportsman and in his final year coxed the winning boat in the four chief races of the Henley Royal Regatta.

He married Amy Josephine, the daughter of John Gylby Lonsdale, at Lichfield Cathedral. As a barrister and judge, he edited three editions of the renowned legal text Rogers on Elections as well as a guide to the Corrupt and Illegal Practices Prevention Act. He also served as High Sheriff for Radnorshire in Wales - he and Amy spent much of their time there at their estate Cefnfaes Hall on the River Wye, close to where his uncle Alfred Ronalds had lived.

He worked hard to uphold the memories of his accomplished uncles. He arranged for a plaque to be placed on the house in Hammersmith where Sir Francis built his electric telegraph and wrote letters reminding the public of his pioneering work. He also edited the tenth edition of Alfred's book The Fly-fisher's Entomology.


Further Information

Alfred Ronalds and John Corrie Carter in Radnorshire (2019) - published in the Transactions of the Radnorshire Society

Sir Francis Ronalds: Father of the Electric Telegraph (2016) - published by Imperial College Press

Article in Vanity Fair (1912) commemorating John Corrie Carter's rowing success

John Corrie Carter's entry in Foster's Men at the Bar (1885)

Some of John Corrie Carter's books:

Rogers on Elections (1880)

Corrupt and Illegal Practices Prevention Act (1883)

The Fly-fisher's Entomology (1901)