Partis, Fletcher

Fletcher Partis practised in the Inner and Middle Temple in London and became very wealthy as a conveyancer. He married Ann Ramsay in 1795. They had no children. (Neither of their birth dates can be confirmed exactly.) Around 1811 Fletcher suffered from partial paralysis, probably a stroke, and from then on could only communicate by means of the pen.

The couple retired to Bath, living first on The Paragon and then Great Pulteney Street. In 1820 Ann persuaded Fletcher that his wealth should be used to provide dwellings for gentlewomen who had fallen on hard times. A plot of land was duly purchased in Weston, but six weeks later Fletcher died. He left his entire estate to Ann, who used this wealth to bring their plans to fruition. This was an exceptionally rare feat for a woman in the Georgian era. Partis College is a splendid Georgian complex of thirty small houses and a central chapel built around three sides of a rectangle. It continues to provide charitable accommodation for women.

Fletcher’s memorial includes a relief of the Parable of the Good Samaritan (one of two in the Abbey). Ann died in 1846 (one year after burials ceased in the Abbey) and is buried in the Abbey Cemetery.

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