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Frank Cunningham Jaunay 1851–1912
Escape to Paradise The story of Frank
Cunningham Jaunay was born in Londonderry Ireland on 22
June 1851. His mother was either determined that her first
born would be Irish or wanted to be at 'home' for the birth!
By 17 August 1851, he was back in London for his baptism
at St Martin in the Fields Church on Trafalgar Square. Nothing
is known about Frank's schooling although he clearly received
a comprehensive education.
Pictured: Frank (right) with his brother Julius in 1863.
Prior to his marriage in 1882, Frank undertook many adventures.
Apart from the usual grand tour of Europe, Frank spent much
time in Britain visiting his mother's family. It is claimed
he spent two years in Russia and Vienna before attending
the University of Heidelberg in Baden, Germany where he
was wounded in the forehead in a duel. Frank also spent
a year in the monastery, the couvent de la Grande Chartreuse
near Grenoble in the town of St-Pierre-de-Chartreuse. From
a letter written by his brother, Jules, one suspects the
monks may have indulged in the manufacture of wine and if
this is so then it is likely that Frank was there for that
earthly reason rather than a spiritual one! As a result
of his travels he became fluent in German, Russian and English
and developed a keen interest in history. In 1879 he was
appointed United States Vice Consul for Reims.
By late 1879 Frank was living in Reims with his father at
10 rue de la Grue. He was already developing his skills
in discerning good wines working with his father as a wine
merchant, although Frank had undertaken studies as a young
man in a course of analytical chemistry. Unfortunately there
is little evidence that he was gaining experience in blending,
the basic skill to make champagne!