HANMER, Walden (1717-83), of Simpson, Bucks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1768 - 1774
22 Mar. 1775 - 1780

Family and Education

bap. 19 Mar. 1717, o.s. of Job Hanmer, bencher of L. Inn, by Susanna, da. and h. of Thomas Walden of Simpson, Bucks.  educ. Balliol, Oxf. 1736; L. Inn 1732, called 1741, bencher 1758.  m. bef. 1747, Anne, da. and coh. of Henry Vere Graham of Holbrook, Suff., 5s. 1da.  suc. fa. 1739, and to Hanmer estates in Flints. on d. of his cos. Humphrey Hanmer 1773.  cr. Bt. 21 May 1774.

Offices Held


In 1761 Hanmer, with the support of part of the corporation, stood at Bedford in opposition to Francis Herne, but declined after the first day’s poll. In 1766 he unsuccessfully applied to George Grenville for a Welsh judgeship.1 He considered standing for Bedford again in 1768, and seems to have been well received by the Duke of Bedford,2 but eventually stood for Sudbury and was returned after a contest. In Parliament he regularly voted with the Administration. In 1774 he again contested Sudbury, and, defeated at the poll, was seated on petition. He again supported Administration, but towards the end of the Parliament seems to have attended infrequently. There is no record of his having spoken in the House. He did not stand again in 1780, and died 20 Oct. 1783.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Mary M. Drummond


  • 1. Grenville to Hanmer, 19 Jan. 1766, Grenville letter bk.
  • 2. Same to same, 27 Sept. 1767, ibid.