Francis Kilvert (Author) Robert Francis Kilvert was a Victorian country clergyman. He was born at Hardenhuish, or Harnish, near Chippenham in Wiltshire, on the 3rd December, 1840, the second child of the Rev. Robert Kilvert, and of Thermuthis. Francis Kilvert spent his early years at Hardenhuish, was educated privately, went in due course to Wadham College, Oxford, and entered the Church. He began writing a diary on 1 Jan 1870 and continued until his early death in 1879. William Plomer (Edited by) William Plomer CBE (1903-1973) was a South African and British novelist, poet and literary editor. An editor at F&F, he was also a reader at Cape where he worked on Kilvert's Diaries.