BURRELL, Walter (1777-1831), of West Grinstead Park, Suss.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
Available from Boydell and Brewer

Constituency

Dates

1812 - 7 Apr. 1831

Family and Education

b. 15 Apr. 1777, 3rd s. of Sir William Burrell, 2nd Bt., of Deepdene, Dorking, Surr., and bro. of Sir Charles Merrik Burrell, 3rd Bt.* educ. Chigwell sch.; Westminster 1785. m. 21 July 1825, Helena Anne, da. of Alexander Ellice, merchant, of London, wid. of Charles Chisholme of Chisholme, Inverness, s.p.

Offices Held

Ensign Suss. militia 1797, lt. 1797, capt. 1798.

Biography

Burrell was mentioned by the Duke of Richmond in 1809 as a likely successor to his brother Sir Charles Merrik Burrell as Member for Shoreham if Sir Charles was approved as Member for the county at the next general election; though he suspected that, like his brother, Burrell would show an independent streak in the House. Richmond really wished his son the Earl of March to stand, but in 1812 March was required for Chichester, so Richmond agreed with the 3rd Earl of Egremont, Sir Charles’s father-in-law, to support Walter Burrell for the county, at least for the time being. Burrell resented any notion that he should serve as mere locum tenens for Richmond’s son and was ‘bound in honour’ by his friends to resist it, but he soon saw his advantage in being chosen Member, even on approval. He retained the seat for the rest of his life.