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Alexandre Solka

    Dear Mr Willis,

    Thank you for this very interesting and challenging case!) I am not sure of course of the connection but here is one element which I think is worth to study further. It sounds to me that the acquaintance made between Lt Fortescue and the famous equine painter Sir John Ferneley may have occurred as follows.

    Indeed, when looking at this page, here is what we find. A beautiful equine picture of Sir Henry James Goodricke, made by
    John Ferneley senior.

    Here is indeed the missing link in my opinion…

    Sir Henry James Goodricke, 7th Bt.1
    M, #205995, d. 1833

    Sir Henry Goodricke, 7th Bt.
    by John Ferneley Senior, 1877 2
    Sir Henry James Goodricke, 7th Bt. was the son of Sir Harry Goodricke, Bt. and Charlotte Fortescue.1 He died in 1833, unmarried.1
    He gained the title of 7th Baronet Goodricke.
    [S21] L. G. Pine, The New Extinct Peerage 1884-1971: Containing Extinct, Abeyant, Dormant and Suspended Peerages With Genealogies and Arms (London, U.K.: Heraldry Today, 1972), page 53. Hereinafter cited as The New Extinct Peerage.
    [S3409] Caroline Maubois, “re: Penancoet Family,” e-mail message to Darryl Roger Lundy, 2 December 2008. Hereinafter cited as “re: Penancoet Family.”

    On Charlotte Fortescue

    Thomas Fortescue1
    M, #180688, d. February 1769

    Thomas Fortescue was the son of William Fortescue.2 He married Elizabeth Hamilton, daughter of James Hamilton and Hon. Anne Mordaunt. He died in February 1769.3
    He lived at Randalstown, County Louth, Ireland.1
    Children of Thomas Fortescue and Elizabeth Hamilton
    Rt. Hon. James Fortescue+2
    Charlotte Fortescue+2
    William Henry Fortescue, 1st Earl of Clermont1 b. 5 Aug 1722, d. 30 Sep 1806
    Margaret Fortescue+1 b. 27 Mar 1728, d. 22 Sep 1756

    Indeed, Charlotte Fortescue must have been a family member related to Lt Henry Fortescue.

    Then, when Sir Ferneley must have Sir Henry James Goodricke before his death in 1833, he must have made the acquaintance of Mrs
    Charlotte Fortescue, who maybe recommended the services of the painter to Lt Fortescue.

    I think this is an interesting beginning of a trail. I will be glad to have your opinion on it.

    Sincerely yours,

    Alexandre SolcĂ