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1763 Francis Kinman 1794 cannon

1763 Francis Kinman 1794 cannon

Francis KINMAN

1740 - 1825


Life History


Born in ,London


Occupation Founder.1


Resident in Clerkenwell, Middlesex (Snow Hill).1

30th Aug 1778

St Bride, Fleet Street

30th Aug 1778

Married Sarah THOMAS in ,London.5


Death of Sarah THOMAS in Clerkenwell, Middlesex

4th Oct 1823

Wrote will in Holborn, Middlesex (Shoe Lane).2


Died in Holborn, Middlesex (Shoe Lane)

29th Jun 1825

Buried in Islington, Middlesex (St Mary).3

aged 85

2nd Aug 1825

Probate in ,London.2,4

Francis Kinman, Founder of Shoe Lane


  • London Evening Post Extraordinary (London, England), 1773:

    A list of persons who have Polled for John Roberts Esq:
    Kinman, Wm., Snow Hill;
    Kinman, Tho., New Street Square;
    Kinman, Francis, Snow Hill;…

  • St. James's Chronicle or the British Evening Post (London, England), Tuesday, January 24, 1786:

    Old Shruff Copper. Any persons having quantities to dispose of may sell the whole immediately at Mess. Kinman's, at their foundery, near Westminster Bridge, Lambeth, who will always give the highest prices for this article.

  • English Chronicle or Universal Evening Post (London, England), Saturday, December 5, 1789:

    Bankrupts. William Kinman and Francis Kinman, of New Street Square, near Shoe Lane, London, Brass and Iron Founders, to surrender Dec 8 at eleven, and Dec 17 and Jan 16, at ten, at Guildhall. Attorney, Mr Dobie, Crane Court, Fleet Street.

  • Francis Kinman had premises in New Street Square and Shoe Lane, London. He was a contractor to the Board of Ordnance for many years, being virtually the sole supplier of bronze guns outside the Royal Brass Foundry.


  • Note from the National Museum of Ireland referring to the cannon shown here:

    The Bronze 12-pounder gun in the military exhibitions was one of a consignment of thirty-six guns, 6-pounders and 12-pounders, received by the Royal Irish Artillery Regiment in 1796. This regiment, established in 1756, had its headquarters in Chapelizod, Dublin from 1760 until its amalgamation with the Royal Artillery regiment, Woolwich, London, on passing of the Act of Union in 1801. The inscription on this 12-pounder gun include, the maker's name, Francis Kinman, London, date of manufacture, 1794, the Irish harp with the Royal Irish Artillery motto, and the motto of the Marquess of Drogheda, the Master General of Ordnance in Ireland at that time.

  • Old Bailey trial, 15 February 1804:

    WILLIAM-PURCHASE RATCLIFFE was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 4th of February , 84 lb. of copper , the property of Francis Kinman .
    (The case was opened by Mr. Gurney.)

    FRANCIS KINMAN sworn. - Examined by Mr. Gurney. Q. You are a founder ? - A. Yes, in Shoe-lane ; the prisoner at the bar was a carpenter; he had been in the capacity of looking after the machinery for two years and a half; I have a number of cakes of copper piled up in stacks; these cakes of copper are as they come from the East India Company's warehouses.
    Q. What is the value of one of these cakes of copper? - A. They are worth about four guineas; they are about three quarters of a hundred weight; they are in circumference sixteen inches by ten.
    Cross-examined by Mr. Knapp. Q. Have you any partners? - A. No.
    Q. You say you have known this man for about two years and a half? - A. I have known him from a lad.
    Q. There are two persons of the name of Hinton - how long have they been with you? - A. One has been about twelve months, and the other about six months.
    Q. Have neither of those been turned away from you? - A. I discharged Thomas Hinton for some irregularity about two or three days ago.
    Mr. Gurney. Q. Was it any thing regarding his dishonesty? - A. No.

    HENRY POWELL sworn. - I am a servant of Mr. Kinman.
    Q. Were you on Saturday the 4th instant, with other servants, waiting at the accompting-house to be paid? - A. Yes, between seven and eight in the evening; I was waiting in a place called the Stone-kitchen.
    Q. Were there any stacks of copper in that kitchen? - A. There were four stacks of copper in that kitchen; the prisoner was the 4th person in the list to be called; he went out, and missed his call.
    Q. Did you see the prisoner do any thing? - A. I saw him take a cake of copper up in both his hands, and put it under his coat, and going out of the door he struck against the door-post, which threw his coat back; I saw the copper quite plain.
    Q. How many persons were there when you saw him take it away? - A. There were seven men and seven boys; I mentioned it to William Hinton and to his brother; we all three saw him take it; when the prisoner went away we told Mr. Robinson, the clerk. The prisoner returned in about ten minutes afterwards; we then were in the accompting-house; when he saw us come out of the accompting-house, he seemed to be confused, and asked what was the matter; we made an excuse, and said that master had been talking about our idling our time; he went away the second time without stopping to be paid, and then he came in after that, and was taken into custody.
    Cross-examined by Mr. Knapp. Q. You first of all saw him take 84 lb. of copper? - A. Yes.
    Q. How many saw him take it besides you? - A. Only three.
    Q. I understood you to say that seven men and seven boys were there that saw him take the copper? - A. No, I said they were waiting to be paid.
    Q. How far were they from the stack? - A. As far as I am from you.
    Q. They had an opportunity of seeing it - whether they did or not, you know not? - A. No.

    WILLIAM HINTON sworn. - Examined by Mr. Gurney. Q. Were you with the other men and boys on the night when the prisoner was taken into custody? - A. Yes.
    Q. In consequence of what Powell said to you, what did you see the prisoner do? - A. Powell called to me, and told me the prisoner was ratling the copper about on the stack; I saw him try to lift the copper up; he lifted it up, but did not take it away; some time after I saw him take it up, and put it under his coat, and running by the door, he struck the copper against the doorpost; the flap of his coat flew back; I saw the copper quite plain.
    Cross-examined by Mr. Knapp. Q. There were many more men and boys there besides you and Powell? - A. Yes.
    Q.They might have seen all this as well as you? - A. They might have seen as well as us, if they had been looking towards it, it was plain enough.
    Q. How long have you lived with your master? - A. About eight months.
    Q. How long has your brother? - A. I can speak only for myself.

    THOMAS HINTON sworn. - Examined by Mr. Gurney. Q. Were you in the Stone-kitchen on the evening of the 4th instant? - A. I was; I saw
    the prisoner put a cake of copper under his coat; he went out of the door with it, and going out, he ran against the door.
    Cross-examined by Mr. Knapp. Q. You have not been on very good terms with the prisoner? - A. I do not know but we were.
    Q. He never made any complaint to your master of you? - A. Not as I have known.
    Q. Do you recollect your being discharged from your master? - A. Yes; I was discharged one evening, and went to work the next day.
    Q. Were not you kicked out of the yard for quarrelling with that man? - A. I was.
    Jury. (To Powell.) Q. How high were the stacks of copper? - A. They were about three feet from the ground.

    The prisoner did not say any thing in his defence, but called five witnesses, who gave him a good character.


    London Jury, before Mr. Recorder.

    Published at


  • 1. Gale Burney Newpaper Collection
  • 2. Will of Francis Kinman 1823
  • 3. Parish Register Abstracts
  • 4. Calendar of Wills proved at the PCC
  • 5. International Genealogical Index

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