Grimani, William

(born c.1759 - died 1842)

Local connection
Lived locally and signed the Lee Petition of 1814.

Born circa 1759 in Paris, his parents were Gasparo (c. 1729 - 1801) and Antonia Fabbri of Lyon. After Antonia died circa 1776, Gasparo travelled for a while making a living from exhibiting a model of Rome he had carved.

William married twice, firstly Elizabeth Magdelene Vuagneux (Old Church, St. Pancras 13 June 1783). They had a son, James Marriot (1788 - died young?) and two daughters (both brought up by Lady Percival), Francesca Brigitta Florenza (baptised 10 January 1790 at St Botolph, Bishopsgate), and Belina Rosetta (born 3 September 1791, baptised 2 October 1791, St Pancras).

William ran a ladies' school in Lee (about 1810 - 1822), where he taught 'French language and manners'. He was known as Monsieur Grimani as he was thought to be a Huguenot refugee. His daughter, Belina, was a governess at the school and was a lovely singer.

William's second marriage was to Belina Dickerson (Old Church, St. Pancras 27 March 1796) by whom he had 3 further children, William Mayow (born 29 November 1797 baptised 24 January 1798 Old Church, St Pancras), Ann Catherine Parbridge (1799) and Mary Eliza (born 24 Apr 1801, baptised 31 May 1801 Old Chruch, St Pancras).

He died in 1842 at Euston Square. Belina went blind and ended up in the Lewisham Poor House. She died in 1856.

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