|8th Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man|
|Preceded by||Mark Hildesley Quayle|
|Succeeded by||Mark Hildesley Quayle|
|Died||21 January 1863|
|Spouse(s)||Frances Phillips Wilder|
Francis Pigott Stainsby Conant (1809 – 21 January 1863) was a British Whig politician who became the Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man from 22 October 1860 until his sudden death in 1863.
Francis Pigott was born at Trunkwell House, Berkshire, in 1809, the eldest of seven sons (there were also five daughters) of Paynton Pigott Stainsby Conant (d. 1862), of Archer Lodge, Hampshire, and of Banbury, Oxfordshire (of which he was lay improprietor), 38 acres (150,000 m2) of land in Limehouse and Poplar, London; the family's names are commemorated in property names in that area including Pigott Street, Stainsby Road and Conant House.and Lucy Maria, daughter of Richard Drope Gough, of Souldern, Oxfordshire. Paynton Pigott had adopted the additional names and arms of "Stainsby" and "Conant" by royal licence in 1836, as a condition of claiming inheritances according to the wills of individuals who were close to the Pigott family and had no descendants. These inheritances included
He was educated at Eton, and at Lincoln College, Oxford.In 1833 he married Frances Phillips Wilder, the second daughter of Lieutenant General Sir Francis John Connor Wilder, a former Member of Parliament for Arundel. They had eight children. Frances's younger sister Emma married Francis Pigott's brother, Rev. Richard Paynton Pigott, rector of Ellisfield, Hampshire.
Pigott was Member of Parliament (MP) for Reading for thirteen yearshaving won the seat from the Conservatives at the 1847 general election, being re-elected three times before resigning his seat. In addition Pigott was a Magistrate and a Lieutenant in the Hampshire Yeomanry.
On 18 September 1860 Pigott received a letter from the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Sir George Cornewall Lewis, offering him the position of Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man which he duly accepted.As a requirement of his appointment he was obliged to resign his parliamentary seat. This was undertaken and Pigott was succeeded by Sir Francis Goldsmid.
Francis Pigott succeeded Charles Hopeto the governorship of the Isle of Man, being formally appointed on 22 October 1860.
Following his appointment as Lieutenant Governor Francis Pigott arrived at Douglas, accompanied by his wife and eldest son, on board the steamer Tynwald on Saturday 10 November 1860. Upon disembarkation, Governor Pigott was greeted by various local dignitaries,and taken by carriage to his temporary residence at the Castle Mona.
The official Swearing-In Ceremony took place at Castle Rushen, performed by the Deputy Governor on Monday 12 November.
Governor Pigott's duties included presiding over the Isle of Man's Court of General Gaol as well as the Chancery Court. In December 1860 Governor Pigott became patron of the Isle of Man Agricultural Society.
In the spring of 1861 the Island's principal courts transferred from Castletown to Douglas making Governor Pigott the last Lieutenant Governor to preside over the principal courts in Castletown.
In the early 1860s various attempts were being made to source land around Castletown on which a new residence for the Island's Lieutenant Governor could be built. However a strong consensus favoured moving the Island's political home from Castletown to Douglas, and this was shared by Governor Pigott.Tynwald, the Manx Parliament, allowed Governor Pigott to select his own residence, and he chose the Villa Marina, the former estate of Colonel Robert Steuart and which had until recently been the venue of a seminary boarding school. A lease was negotiated on the premises for seven years, at a rent of £250 annually, with Governor Pigott taking residence in May 1861.
During his governorship Francis Pigott performed various civic roles which included the laying of numerous foundation stones.
On 8 July 1861 Governor Pigott laid the foundation stone of Saint Olave's Church, Ramsey, an occasion which saw him presented with a silver trowel.Another foundation stone was laid on 25 September for a new Wesleyan day school in Peel. A further occasion saw Governor Pigott laying the foundation stone at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel at Sandy Gate, Jurby.
Governor Pigott left the Isle of Man on 9 December 1862, in order to spend Christmas with his family. Suffering the effects of ill-health, he was advised by his physician not to undertake any public business and died at his home, Heckfield Lodge, Winchfield, Hampshire on 21 January 1863.The cause of death was given as an internal abscess.
The funeral of Francis Pigott took place in the village of Sherfield, Hampshire on Friday 31 January 1863.
Pigott Street is a road in Poplar, Tower Hamlets, London. The blocks of flats on it form part of the last phase of the building of the Lansbury Estate, and border the southern end of Burdett Road on the west.
The first USS Gettysburg was a steamer in the Union Navy. The ship was built in Glasgow, Scotland in 1858, named Douglas, and operated for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company between Liverpool, United Kingdom and Douglas on the Isle of Man until November 1862. She was then sold to the Confederacy, renamed Margaret and Jessie, and operated as a blockade runner until her capture by the Union on 5 November 1863. The ship was renamed Gettysburg, and commissioned into the Union Navy on 2 May 1864.
The 11th Milestone, Isle of Man is situated adjacent to the 13th Milestone on the primary A3 Castletown to Ramsey Road which forms the boundary between the parishes of Kirk German and Kirk Michael in the Isle of Man.
John McHutchin, was a Manx lawyer who successively became High Bailiff of Douglas, Second Deemster and Clerk of the Rolls in the Isle of Man.
Rhencullen including Birkin's Bend is situated adjacent to the 17th milestone of the TT course, on the primary A3 Castletown to Ramsey road in the Isle of Man.
Charles Hope, styled The Honourable from 1823, was a Scottish Conservative Party politician.
Birkin's Bend is situated adjacent to the 17th road milestone on the primary A3 Castletown to Ramsey road in the Isle of Man.
Glen Helen or Lambfell Glen) is one of a series of eighteen Manx National Glens owned and maintained by the Forestry Amenity and Lands Directorate of the Isle of Man Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture.
The Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man is the British monarch's official personal representative in the Isle of Man. He has the power to grant royal assent and is styled "His Excellency".
Douglas Harbour is located near Douglas Head at the southern end of Douglas, the capital of the Isle of Man. It is the island's main commercial shipping port. The Port of Douglas was the first in the world to be equipped with radar.
SS (RMS) Ellan Vannin was an iron-built packet steamer which was operated out of Castletown, Isle of Man for the Castletown Steam Navigation Company to Liverpool and Whitehaven. Her name, Ellan Vannin, came from the Gaelic term by which the Isle of Man is known.
The Castletown Steam Navigation Company or Castletown Steam Navigation Company - also referred to as the Castletown Steam Packet Company - was a privately owned maritime transportation company incorporated in the Isle of Man. Its registered office was in Castletown, Isle of Man. By 1858 the company had run into significant financial difficulties which ultimately led to the sale of its vessel, the Ellan Vannin, and the winding up of the company.
David "Dawsey" Kewley was a Manx boatman, member of the Douglas Rocket Brigade and volunteer in the Lifeboat Service, renowned for his involvement in the saving of lives at sea. Reports of the number of people he saved from drowning vary. According to some contemporary reports he saved as many as 38 lives, according to others 25, but it is generally recognised that he was directly involved in saving the lives of at least 23 people, and as a member of the Douglas Lifeboat Crew assisted in the saving of many more. He was a recipient of numerous awards from the Royal Humane Society for his life-saving exploits. Although a man of dauntless courage, he would never speak about his feats and disliked hearing other people talk about them.
The Villa Marina is an entertainment venue in Douglas, Isle of Man, which forms part of the wider Villa-Gaiety complex. It is located on Harris Promenade, looking out onto Douglas Bay, and comprises the Royal Hall, Broadway Cinema, Promenade Suite, Dragon's Castle and the Colonnade Gardens. The architect was Alban Jones, whose design was chosen in an open competition judged by Professor Adshead of Liverpool University.
Sir James Gell, CVO, QC was a Manx lawyer, who was the First Deemster and Clerk of the Rolls in the Isle of Man. He was also the first Manxman to become Attorney General of the Isle of Man.
John Kelly was a Manx advocate who became High Bailiff of Castletown and a Member of the House of Keys.
John Moore Jeffcott QC was a Manx advocate who became High Bailiff of Castletown and a Member of the House of Keys for the constituency of Castletown.
Stewart Stevenson Moore QC was a Manx lawyer, who was the First Deemster and Clerk of the Rolls on the Isle of Man.
Sir Gillery Pigott was a British Liberal Party politician and judge.
Arthur Binns Crookall JP, MLC, CP, was a noted philanthropist, Mayor of the Borough of Douglas, a member of both branches of Tynwald, Chairman of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company and Chairman of the Isle of Man Railway Company who at his death was one of the wealthiest people on the Isle of Man.