Sir Francis Blake Delaval
Sir Francis Blake Delaval was the son of Captain Delaval, and was the eldest of the eight brothers. He was born March 16th 1727, and married Lady Isabella Nassau Paulett, widow of Lord Paulett, and daughter of Earl Thanet. He died suddenly, August 7th, 1771, aged 44 years, and was buried in the family vault at Seaton Delaval.
His Grandmother, Mary, daughter of Sir Francis Blake of Ford Castle was the last heiress of the Blake family. Mary married Edward Delaval, Sir Francis' grandfather, and so the Ford Estate came into the Delaval family. Sir Francis Blake was created a Knight of the Bath at the coronation of George III., in recognition of his valour and intrepidity as a volunteer on board the fleet, which was dispatched to make a descent on St. Cas, when war was declared against France. It is said that he was so eager to show his courage and resolution that he leapt from the boat when half a mile out and swam ashore to be the first to set foot on French soil.