KINNAIRD, Francis 'Wiggs' Joseph

1875 - 1915

Francis Kinnaird

Born at St Pancras, London in 1875, second son of Francis Henry Kinnaird (1836-1916), an artist, and his wife Charlotte née Lee, who married at Rotherham, Yorkshire in 1859. Popularly known as 'Wiggs' he had had no formal art training but was tutored by his elder brother Henry John, a noted landscape painter in oils and watercolours and probably by their father. In 1901, a 25 year old artist living at 13 Busby Place, Camden Road, St Pancras with his parents, 64 year old Francis Henry and 62 year old Charlotte. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1900-1902 and as Wiggs Kinnair exhibited three pictures from Busby Place in 1900 two oils 'The Old Farmhouse, Priory Village, South Wales' and 'Milford Haven, South Wales' and a watercolour 'The Severn, near Bewdley' he also painted scenes on the Stour at Dedham, Essex. He married at St Pancras, London in 1901, Gertrude, the widow of Thomas Henry Cookes JP DL, and formerly MP for East Worcestershire, Gertrude was born at Astley, Worcestershire. In 1909 he joined the Staffordshire Militia, 4th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment and in 1911 was a 36 year old army officer reserve captain living at Astley Stourport, Worcester with his 45 year old wife Gertrude and their 6 year old daughter Mary Gertrude, born at Gillingham, Kent. On the outbreak of war in 1914 his battalion was stationed in Jersey and in March 1915 he took a draft of 100 men as reinforcements to the 2nd Battalion of the Regiment then in France, and during his short time at the Front and in the trenches Wiggs made a number of sketches. On 16 May 1915, in the area of Richebourg, north-east of Bethune, following heavy enemy shelling, four captains were wounded including Wiggs. After evacuation to 10th Stationary Hospital at St Omar he was brought back to London for further treatment but Wiggs succumbed to his wounds and died at St Agnes Hospital at Grosvenor Gardens on 6 June 1915. He also exhibited at Birmingham Royal Society of Artists; Dudley Gallery; Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts; Liverpool Walker Art Gallery; Manchester City Art Gallery and Royal Society of British Artists.




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