Alfred Orlando Jones 1838 – 1896

Alfred Orlando Jones 1838 – 1896 LM, MRCS England 1864, MD Mariach College University Aberdeen 1864, RCGP 1864, was a British orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy, Physician to the Caledonian Fire and Life Insurance Company, Member of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, Member of the Statistical Society of London, Member of the British Homeopathic Society, Physician to the Bromley Homeopathic Dispensary,

Orlando Jones was the first homeopath to use Cactus Grandiflorus,

Orlando Jones was married to Frederica Georgiana Kinnaird, the daughter of Arthur Fitzgerald 10th Lord Kinnaird,

Orlando Jones practiced at Grange House, Widmore Road, Bromley,

Alfred Orlando Jones married (in 1870) Hon. Frederica Georgiana Kinnaird, daughter of Arthur Fitzgerald 10th Lord Kinnaird and Mary Jane Hoare, on 27 December 1870. He died in 1896. Alfred Orlando Jones graduated with a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.). Children of Alfred Orlando Jones and Hon. Frederica Georgiana Kinnaird: Arthur Jones, Graham Jones b. c 1874, (has surviving 3 sons and 1 daughter), – Arthur Mervyn Jones, Lieutenant Scots Guards, son of Dr. Alfred Orlando Jones, of London, died of wounds, aged 42 in 1916,

Orlando Jones submitted cases and articles to various homeopathic publications, and to The British Medical Journal, and he also wrote Cholera: its symptoms and treatment, and also Falling markets: their cause,

Of interest:

George William Fox Kinnaird 9th Lord Kinnaird, was a patient of Samuel Hahnemann, a Patron of the General Committee of Management of the Edinburgh Homeopathic Dispensary on the Treatment of Asiatic Cholera in October 1848, alongside many others.

George William Fox Kinnaird 9th Lord Kinnaird also signed a petition organised in support of homeopathy by John Rutherford Russell. A Handybook of Domestic Homeopathic Practice by George Edward Allshorn was dedicated to George William Fox Kinnaird 9th Lord Kinnaird.

George William Fox Kinnaird 9th Lord Kinnaird was also a Vice President of the London Homeopathic Hospital, and the President of the Hahnemann Medical Institute and Dispensary at Welbeck Street, corner of Bulstrode Street, Manchester Square.

Orlando Jones Senior, father of Alfred Orlando Jones was the Proprietor of the Orlando Jones and Co Starch Factory in Battersea (closed 1901):

In 1840 Orlando Jones invented a process by which starch could be manufactured from rice.

By this process a much better starch was obtained, both as to colour and purity, and at less cost than by the old method. Before this invention, starch had been made from potatoes, maize, and wheat ; starch made from wheat is the oldest known process, for Pliny mentions it in his Natural History two centuries ago.

When ruffles and frills and full-bottomed wigs were the fashion, large quantities of wheat starch were used. There are about forty-five varieties of rice. Most of these rice plants originated in India, and from that country have spread over the whole of Asia, and to other parts of the world.

Orlando Jones’ invention consisted of the treatment of rice by an alkaline solution, the alkali being used in such a way as to dissolve the gluten without in any way destroying the property of the starch.

In 1848 the firm of Orlando Jones & Co. removed from their works at Whitechapel and built a factory in the York Road, with a frontage to the river.

The Primitive Methodist Chapel in Plough Lane,— In the year 1855, a few Primitive Methodists, residing in the neighbourhood of York Road, with the view of having their hearts knitted more closely together in holy love by Christian fellowship and frayer, met from house to house for this purpose to worship God — in this way they continued to meet till the year 1858, when the firm of Orlando Jones & Co. gave them the use of their Reading Room….

The process of manufacturing starch from rice was discovered and patented about the year 1840 by Mr. Orlando Jones, founder of the house of the same name. His invention consists in the treatment of rice by a caustic alkaline solution during the steeping, grinding and macerating of the grains.

The alkali used is either caustic potash or soda, of such a strength as to dissolve the gluten without destroying the starch; it must consequently vary with the character of the grain and hence the utmost nicety is required.

The Battersea Works of Orlando Jones & Co. were built in 1848, the firm having previously carried on their manufacture in Whitechapel, they are situated on the banks of the Thames near the works of Rice’s Patent Candle Company, and occupy ground extending from the river, to York Eoad; thus the firm possesses facilities of conveyance both by land and water— this latter is particularly valuable to them to enable them to save all dock, landing and warehousing charges.

A large new store *has been recently built on their wharf to which rice is barged direct from the ship. From the wharf also the manufactured article itself is conveyed to the docks for shipment to the Continent and our Colonies, with which a large trade is carried on.

As an illustration of the extent of Orlando Jones & Co.’s operations it may be added tbat the box making department is a little factory in itself, and the machinery employed for the various purposes of sawing, dusting, cleaning, lighting, pumping, stirring, and grinding is driven by steam engines.

It will be obvious that the manufacture of rice starch on a large scale requires no little capital and skill, and takes high rank anion? those industrial enterprises which are so peculiarly the characteristic and the glory of our age and country. Messrs. Orlando Jones & Co’s manufacture has been awarded nine prize medals at International Exhibitions, and the grand distinction of the gold medal of the Acaddmie Nationale of Paris.

These medals have been awarded ‘for introduction of the process,’ ‘for excellence of manufacture’ and ‘for large production.’

It is worthy of note that Messrs. Orlando Jones & Co. are the manufacturers of Chapman’s Patent Prepared Entire Wheat Flour especially distinguished by its richness in earthly phosphates which are essential to the developement of bones and teeth. This farinaceous food for infants, children and invalids is much recommended by the medical faculty.

In 1901 the business was sold to Messrs Coleman, mustard manufacturers, and transferred to their premises at Norwich.

Sir George Barclay Bruce 1821 – 1908 was a British civil engineer. In 1848 he became a partner in the milling firm of Orlando. Jones and Company, of Battersea,

9 thoughts on “Alfred Orlando Jones 1838 – 1896”

  1. Fascinating stuff! Here are the full dates of the doctor and his family:

    Dr Alfred Orlando Jones b: 14 May 1838 in London d: 12 February 1896 in Bromley.
    m: 27 December 1870 to Frederica (Frieda) Georgiana Kinnaird b: 3 May 1845 in Hyde Park Gardens, London d: 10 January 1929 in Bickley, Kent.
    Alfred Ivan Noel Jones b: 6 December 1871 in Bromley d: 22 November 1919 in Jerusalem.
    Graham Kinnaird Jones b: 20 October 1873 in Bromley d: 4 January 1883 in Harrogate.
    Arthur Mervyn Jones b: 13 October 1874 in Bromley d: 21 November 1916, died of wounds.
    Frederica Olivia Jones b: 19 January 1881in Harrogate d: Apr-June 1904 in Halifax.
    Charles Ruthven Jones b: 14 October 1882 in Knaresborough d: 13 July 1950 in London.

  2. By the way, you have got your Lord Kinnairds mixed up. It was actually George William Fox Kinnaird, 9th Lord Kinnaird (1807-1878, succeeded to the title in 1826) who was the vice president of the London Homeopathic hospital etc. He held the title until 1878 when he was succeeded in 1878 by his brother, Arthur Fitzgerald Kinnaird MP, the father of Alfred Jones’s wife Frederica.

    Allshorn’s book was therefore dedicated to 9th Lord Kinnaird, and I’m afraid this also means several of your cross-references are not accurate!

  3. I have recently discovered that my g,g,grandmother and some of her children worked at the starch factory after her husband died. Thanks for the information. L. Partridge, Alaska, U.S.A.

  4. Orlando Jones Snr’s father, Edward Thomas Jones also held a Royal Warrant from George III – for “Jones’s English System of Book Keeping” (the basis of all later systems of book keeping). His descendants, through Alfred Orlando’s brother, Theodore Brooke Jones (1828-1920) still possess the original Warrant dated 4th Sept 1795

  5. Are you also aware that Frederica Kinnaird was Alfred Orlando Jones’s second wife? Between Oct-Dec 1861 he married Grace Trevor Elwood by whom he had at least two children, Adeline Eliza Jones and Vernon Lamphier Jones. Family papers suggest other children but I have not yet traced them.

  6. I have now followed up some of the details of Alfred Orlando Jones’ first marriage. I believe Grace Trevor Elwood came from Ireland, born about 1829, so a bit older than her husband. Married in late 1861, children came in quick succession:
    Eliza Adeline Jones b. Jul-Sep 1862 Islington
    Vernon Lamphier Jones b. Oct-Dec 1863 Islington
    Alfred Stewart Jones b. 1865 Old Machar, Aberdeenshire (!)
    Gertrude A.D. Jones b. Jan-Mar 1866 Bromley, Kent
    Maud Gwendoline Jones b. Jul-Sep 1867 Bromley, Kent

    Grace died between Oct-Dec 1867 in Bromley, perhaps worn-out by continuous pregnancy?

    The two elder children were looked after by Alfred Orlando and his second wife Frederica but the three younger children were taken in hand by Grace’s elder unmarried sister Anna Maria Elwood, born in Holbrook, Co. Sligo about 1821, who had previously been a governess but in 1871 was living at 7 Barnsbury Sq. and had an income from freehold property. There is subsequently a slight confusion, as at least Alfred Stewart and Gwendoline decided to adopt the surname Elwood. I have yet to trace Gertrude further, but Alfred Stewart married and named one of his daughters Grace Trevor Elwood, but Gwendoline continued to live with her aunt Anna Maria as they moved to Witney in Oxfordshire and to Amersham Bucks, where Anna Maria died in 1906 at the age of 86

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