The Mad, Bad and Dangerous Captain Francis Dugmore

The Mad, Bad and Dangerous Captain Francis Dugmore

The Mad, Bad and Dangerous Captain Francis Dugmore Francis Sandys Dugmore was born in Paddington, London, where he was baptised on 18 March 1839. He was the son of a barrister, William Dugmore, and his wife Mary Louisa. He was brought up in London and had three younger brothers and two younger sisters. He joined the army, serving in Canada in the Royal Canadian Rifle Regiment, and eventually reaching the rank of Captain in the 64th Regiment of Foot. He was prosperous enough to marry on 23 April 1867. His bride, the same age as himself, was a member of the aristocracy, the Hon. Emily Evelyn Brougham, daughter of the 2nd Baron Brougham and Vaux. The pair lived in Canada, where their first son, William, was born. Soon the family returned to Britain, where they settled at Dauddyffryn, in Merionethshire. Three more sons were born, Arthur, Wilfrid and Cyril, and a daughter, Louisa. Dugmore spent long spells serving in Ireland, but got himself into trouble in 1882 and was imprisoned in Tullamore gaol, while on the army reserve list (he had retired from the army in July 1882). Apparently he had been inciting people not to pay rent. Questions were asked in Parliament and he was eventually released. At some stage he joined the Royal Navy, where he reached the rank of lieutenant (he appears in the Navy List from 1888 to 1898). What happened to Dugmore’s marriage is uncertain, but in 1891 his wife was living in Guernsey on private means, with her two youngest sons. In 1894 Dugmore joined the party of Freelanders going to Lamu, whom...