Francis Fawkes was a native of Yorkshire, and received his education at Leeds, from whence he was removed to Jesus College Cambridge, where he took his Degrees in Arts. Entering early into holy orders he settled first at Bramham in Yorkshire, and afterwards at Croydon, where he held the curacy. In this situation he recommended himself to the notice of Archbishop Herring, who then resided at the latter place on account of his health; and, in 1755, was, by that prelate, collated to the vicarage of Orpington with St. Mary Cray, in Kent. In April 1774, by the late Dr. Plumptree's favour, he exchanged his vicarage for the rectory of Hayes. He died August 26, 1777.