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Edmund Francis Davis, 1845-??

Nationality: British
Date of Birth: 1845
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Edmund Francis Davis studied at University College, London. He married Florence Area on 11 January 1867.


Davis was an attorney. His legal addresses were in Burlington Gardens and the Outer Temple and, from 1885, Bankruptcy Buildings, Portugal Street, Lincoln Inn's Fields. He as the legal partner of Benn Davis at 6 Cork Street, Burlington Gardens. In 1873 Anna McNeill Whistler was served a writ by Davis for the unpaid debt of £2.5.0 to the deceased William Robert Markwell for goods sold and delivered during the period of 3 December 1866 to 23 February 1869, an action brought by Markwell's executrix Fanny Marks (#12147). The matter was settled on 7 August 1873 (#11972).

Davis developed Westgate on Sea, Thanet. He stood as Liberal candidate for the Isle of Thanet in 1885. His Kentish home was St Peter's Cottage, St Peter's (Broadstairs). He went bankrupt in 1887. It is possible that he may have been the reason for JW's visit to Sandwich in 1887.


Times, London, Thursday 26 November 1885, p. 3; Times, London, Wednesday 9 March 1887, p. 12; The Times, Thursday, 10 March 1887, p. 14