BURRARD, Harry (1755-1813).

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1780 - June 1788
1790 - Apr. 1791
9 July - Dec. 1802

Family and Education

b. 1 June 1755, 1st s. of George Burrard, bro. of Sir Harry Burrard, by Madeline, da. of John Durell of Jersey. m. 20 Feb. 1789, Hannah, da. of Harry Darby, London merchant, 2s. suc. fa. 1777; cr. Bt. 12 Nov. 1807.

Offices Held

2nd lt. R.A. 1772; lt. 60 Ft. 1776, capt. 1777; maj. 14 Ft. 1786; capt. 1 Ft. Gds. and lt.-col. 1789; col. 1795; maj.-gen. 1798; lt.-col. 1 Ft. Gds. 1804; lt.-gen. 1805.

Gov. Calshot castle 1787- d.; riding forester of the New Forest 1791- d.


Burrard served in America 1778-83, and was probably absent when returned for Lymington. His first recorded vote was for Fox’s East India bill, 27 Nov. 1783. In December 1783 Robinson wrote about him:1

Mr. Burrard, an officer of service in America, Sir Harry’s nephew and heir, has grievances in the army, at least Sir Harry used and has made complaint for him. Sir Harry was always attached to Government, and his nephew, notwithstanding complaints, goes with Administration. He will, it is apprehended, so continue, with civility and conversation with his uncle and him.

In January 1784 Robinson classed him as ‘very hopeful’, but in Stockdale’s list of 19 March and William Adam’s list of the new Parliament he is classed as Opposition. He appears in no division list of this Parliament nor is there any record of his having spoken in the House, and it is not clear when he came over to Pitt: presumably by 1787, when he succeeded his uncle as governor of Calshot castle. He vacated his seat in 1788 in favour of George Rose, Pitt’s secretary to the Treasury.

He died 17 Oct. 1813.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: John Brooke


  • 1. Laprade, 89-90.