ARMITSTEAD, JOHN RICHARD, eldest son of Rev. John Armitstead, Vicar of Sandbach, Cheshire, and Susan Hester, second dau. of Rev. Richard Massie, Rector of Eccleston, Cheshire; b. 11 May 1829; adm. 15 Jan 1841; QS 1844; rowed bow in race against Eton 29 Jul 1847; elected to Christ Church, Oxford 1848, matr. 28 Jun 1848, Westminster Student 1849-63; BA 1852; MA 1855; ordained deacon May 1853, priest 1854 (both Chester); Perpetual Curate of Goostrey, Cheshire 1858-61; Vicar of Wendlebury, Oxfordshire 1862-5; Vicar of Sandbach, Cheshire, from 1865; Hon. Canon Chester 1898; member Cheshire County Council 1895-1912, Alderman from 1912; for many years a familiar figure in the hunting field; m. 9 May 1866 Frances Mary, eldest dau. of William Henry Hornby MP, Poole Hall, Nantwich, Cheshire; d. 16 Sep 1918.