BROWNE FFOLKES, Sir Martin, 1st bt. (1749-1821), of Hillington, King's Lynn, Norf.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1820-1832, ed. D.R. Fisher, 2009
Available from Cambridge University Press



1790 - 11 Dec. 1821

Family and Education

b. 21 May 1749,1 o.s. of William Folkes, barrister, of Hillington and 2nd w. Mary, da. and h. of Sir William Browne, MD, pres. RCP, of King’s Lynn. educ. Eton 1758-66; Emmanuel, Camb. 1766; L. Inn 1768. m. 28 Dec. 1775, Fanny, da. and coh. of Sir John Turner, 3rd bt.†, of Warham, 2s. (1 d.v.p.) 3da. (1 d.v.p.). suc. fa. 1773; cr. bt. 26 May 1774; styled himself Browne Ffolkes on d. in 1774 of grandfa. Sir William Browne. d. 11 Dec. 1821.

Offices Held

Sheriff, Norf. 1783-4; capt. Norf. rangers 1794, maj. 1805.


Browne Ffolkes, an independent Norfolk gentleman and lawyer whose politics were unknown to Charles James Fox† in 1803, could generally be counted upon to support the Whigs. ‘Not being a party man’, he did not sign the requisition to Tierney as opposition Commons leader, and from 1818 his attendance was increasingly interrupted by gout. No votes were recorded for him in th