Biography – Frances Guise Baron Wright

Frances Guise (24 Mar 1772 – Nov 1802) was the youngest daughter of Richard Guise and Elizabeth Windham (aka Morgan).  She was born in New Windsor, and baptised at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, where her father was a lay vicar.

Little is known about her early life.  She was likely literate, as she signed both her marriage entries.  Her family seems to have moved to London in the mid 1770s, likely full time by 1779 when her father was named a Gentleman of St James Chapel.

Frances married Jean Victor Baron on the 6 July 1789 at St Margaret’s Westminster.  He was also resident in this parish.  Together they had one son, Richard John Baron, born 22 Nov 1792 in Westminster. At some point the family moved to Annonay, France.  The reasons behind this move remain unclear, particularly because of the ill-will/war with England during part of this period.  It is however possible that Baron was French by birth.

At some point before 1801 Frances returned to London, a widow, with her son.  She married again 18 November 1801 to John Wright of the parish of Westminster. Together they had a son, John William Wright.  She died the 17 November 1802, and was buried in the North Cloister at Westminster Abbey.  Her father joined her there in rest in 1806.  At the time of her death he was choirmaster at the Abbey.


Baptismal records, St George’s chapel, Windsor

Marriage, baptismal and burial registers of the Collegiate Church of St Peter, Westminster, John Lemuel Chester, Harleian Society, 1876.

Marriage registers, St Margaret’s Church, Westminster.