Sir Francis Bernard

Sir Francis Bernard, colonial governor of New Jersey and Massachusetts, born in Nettle-ham, England, in 1714, died in London, June 16, 1779. He was a lawyer, was appointed governor of New Jersey in 1758, and transferred in 1760 to Massachusetts, where he favored all the pretensions of the crown, brought troops into Boston, and prorogued the general court when it refused to make provision for their support. That body before it dispersed unanimously voted a petition to the king humbly entreating that Bernard might be removed for ever from the government of the province. He was recalled in 1769, and as he departed from Boston the bells were rung, cannon fired after him from the wharves, and the liberty tree hung with flags. The English government manifested its approbation of his course by creating him a baronet. He was a man of erudition and a patron of Harvard college.

Sir Francis Grant

Sir Francis Grant, a Scottish artist, born in Edinburgh in 1803. His precocious talent for painting was encouraged by Sir Walter Scott, and his earliest work was exhibited in 1834. In 1837 he executed for the earl of Chesterfield " The Meet of his Majesty's Staghounds," with more than 40 portraits of noted sportsmen. Subsequently he produced " Melton Hunt," which was purchased by the duke of Wellington. Afterward he became distinguished as a portrait painter, and executed numerous pictures of beautiful women and celebrated men. In 18G6 he succeeded Eastlake as president of the royal academy.

Sir Frederick Thesiger

See Chelmsford.

Sir Garnet Joseph Wolseley

Sir Garnet Joseph Wolseley, a British soldier, born in county Dublin, Ireland, in 1833. He entered the army in 1852, and served in Burmah, in the Crimea, in India during the sepoy mutiny of 1857-'8, and in China in 1860. For several years after 1867 he was stationed in Canada; in 1870 he was knighted. In 1874, as chief commander, he ended the Ashantee war, entering Koomassie Feb. 4, and receiving the submission of King Koffee. In 1874, after his return to London, he declined a title, but received the brevet of lieutenant general, a parliamentary grant of £25,000, and the liberties of the city of London, with a valuable sword. Subsequently he was for some time governor of Natal.

Sir George Ayscue

Sir George Ayscue, an English admiral, born about 1G16, died about 1676. He entered the navy early, and was knighted by Charles I. In the civil war, siding with the parliament, he had command as admiral in the Irish seas. In 1651 he reduced Barbadoes and Virginia, which had held out for the king. In 1652 he seconded Blake in his contest with Van Tromp and De Ruyter. In June, 1666, in the memorable naval battle of the four days, he commanded a squadron, but his ship (the Royal Prince, the largest ship then afloat) running on the Galoper sands, his men forced him to surrender, and the Dutch captured his vessel. He was held a prisoner for saveral years.