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Francis. Kinchant 
College: ST JOHN'S 
Entered: Michs. 1769 
Born: 28 Jul 1751 
More Information: Adm. pens. at ST JOHN'S, May 13, 1768. 
[2nd s. of Captain John Kinchant (originally Quinchant), 
and Emma, dau. of Sir Francis Charlton, Bart., of Ludford, Salop. 
B. July 28, 1751.] M
atric. Michs. 1769; 
LL.B. 1774. 
Ord. deacon, -; priest (Hereford) Sept. 29, 1775; C. of Brampton Bryan, Heref. 
P.C. of Ludlow, Salop, 1776-1811. V. of Stokesay, 1777-1811. 
Made a burgess of Shrewsbury, May 24, 1796. Of Easton, near Middleton-on-the-Hill, 
Heref. J.P. ('for many years an active magistrate') of Heref. 

Married Mary, dau. of Samuel Pateshall, of Easton; 
their only son. was killed at Waterloo. 
Died Oct. 6, 1823, at the house of his daughter, College Hill, Shrewsbury. 
Buried at Whittington, Salop. (St John's Coll. Adm., IV. 347; G. Mag., 1823, II. 645.) 



jun 18th 1815,   In Memorial
Memorial at Parish Church, Middleston on the Hill, Hereford - "Sacred to the memory of Francis Charlton Kinchant, Cornet in the Scots Greys only son of the Rev. F. Kinchant and Mary his wife, of Easton in this parish.
This young man had only joined his regiment long enough to gain the good opinion and regard both of his brother officers and of his men, and to give great promise of becoming an ornament to his proffesion when he was cut off at the Battle of Waterloo the 18th of June 1815, in the 21st year of his age."

The following extract from a letter dated 2nd july 1817 relates in detail the cirmcumstances of Kinchant's Death, related to the writer whilst on a visit (from Hereford?)to the Rectory Revr. Robert Walker of Middleton, where he met with Dr. henry Hardie, a young Scotch physician of Manchester.
The battle of Waterloo being accidentally mentioned, Dr. H. amused myself and the rest of the party after supper with various anecdotes of the gallantry and success of Sergeant Ewart of the ' Scots Greys,' .............

The only exploit, Dr. H. observed in continuance, of which Ewart appears to be proud, is the summary revenge which he had an opportunity of taking for the death of Mr. Kinchant, who was the Cornet of his own troop. On being requested to relate the nature of that circumstance. Dr. H. proceeded in nearly the following terms:

On the morning of the 18th, a little before I2 o'clock. the 'Scots Grays' were ordered to charge a body of French infantry at some distance, which order they instantly proceeded to execute in a column two deep. Sergeant Ewart in this charge being the front man of Cornet Kinchant.
Ewart, on reaching the enemy, immediately singled out a French Officer whom, from being a very expert swordsman, he soon disarmed and was on the point of cutting him down, when Mr. Kinchant, on hearing the Officer cry out:
" Ah, mercy, mercy, Anglcterre," said, " Sergeant, Sergeant, spare his life and let us take him prisoner". Ewart considering that moment as a period of slaughter and destruction. and not the proper time for taking prisoners, replied : "As it is your wish, Sir, it shall be done."

Mr. Kinchant to whom the French Officer had delivered up his sword, addressed him in French and ordered him to move to the rear. Ewart was preparing to proceed in the charge when he heard the report of a pistol behind him. and turning round, from a suspicion of some treachery, the first object which met his eye was Mr. Kinchant falling backwards over his horse apparently in a lifeless state, and the French Officer attempting to hide his pistol under his coat.
Indignant at such a dastardly act. Ewart instantly wheeled round, and was again entreated by this villain for mercy in the some supplicating terms as before. the only answer to which he returned was: " Ask mercy of God. for the de'il a bit will ye get it at my hands." and with one stroke of his sabre, severed his head from his body, leaving it a lifeless trunk on the field of battle.
Ewart. continued Dr. H., feels proud of having avenged the death of this young officer, to whom he was strongly attached, and whose death he never fails to deplore. and for whom he confesses to have more respect than for any other officer under whom he might have served during the 24 years that he had been in the regiment, and what affects him more than all is that after most diligent enquiries, he has never been able to get any infomation of his friends. and the only knowledge he has of K is that he was an Englishman.

The writer then informed Dr. H that he knew Kinchants family and arrangments were made to meet Ewart the next day.

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