Sir Charles Fortescue-Brickdale (Knt.) FRGS of Newland

Born1857 Victoria Street, Westminster

Life Events

1888Married Mabel Beatrice Gibbs (Lady Fortescue-Brickdale) in Bramley, Surrey
1889Birth of daughter Laura Fortescue-Brickdale
1890Birth of son Matthew Fortescue-Brickdale (Knt.) OBE
1901Birth of son Edmund Arthur Fortescue-Brickdale
1935Death of daughter Laura Fortescue-Brickdale
1944Death of wife Mabel Beatrice Gibbs (Lady Fortescue-Brickdale)

Biography and Notes

Son of Matthew Inglett Fortescue-Brickdale, Conveyancing Counsel to the Court of Chancery of Lincoln's Inn, and of Newland (for pedigrees see Note), by Sarah Anna, daughter of Edward John Lloyd, QC, judge of the Bristol County Court. Baptised 12 April 1857 at St. Leonards-on-Sea. Educated at Westminster school (in College) 1870-5; matric. Oxford (Christ Church) 20 May 1875, 2nd class Classics and BA 1879.

Barrister (Lincoln's Inn), called 1883. Advocated Registration of Title of Land, 1886; Assisting barrister, Land Registry, 1888; Asstistant Registrar, 1894; Chief Registrar, 1900-23. Carried out, under successive Lord Chancellors, the effective first establishment of compulsory registration of title in the County of London. See fully in his evidence before Royal Commission of 1908-10 on the Land Transfer Acts. On Departmental committee on Ordnance Survey, 1893. Reported to Government on Registration of Title in Germany and Austria-Hungary, 1896. On Royal Commission on Registration of Title in Scotland, 1907. Chairman of Departmental committee on Stewards' Fees, 1925. Retired from public service, 1923. Author of several works on Land Titles, Transfer and Registry (for a list of these and for other information see Who's Who of 1930 and earlier). Editor of Sir Henry Hallam Parr's Recollections (1917). Justice of the Peace co. Glos., from 1923. A Verderer of the Forest of Dean from 1929. Sometime Member of the Reform Club, London.

For pedigrees see Brickdale of Birchamp House, co. Glos., and Fortescue of Buckland Filleigh, Devon, in Burke's 'Landed Gentry', 1848; Burke's Royal Descents 1848; and Lord Clermont's History of Fortescue Family 1869.

Two oil portraits of Sir Charles by his sister Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale (one at the Land Registry, one in possession of the family); another by Ralph Peacock in possessionof Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale.

He was knighted in 1911.