BACON, Waller (?1669-1734), of Earlham, nr. Norwich.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1705 - 1710
1715 - 11 Nov. 1734

Family and Education

b. ?1669, s. of Francis Bacon of London by Elizabeth, da. and h. of Thomas Waller, M.P., of Earlham. educ. Ch. Ch. Oxf. 23 Feb. 1686, aged 16; G. Inn, called 9 Mar. 1693, bencher 1709. m. (1) 4 Apr. 1695, Mary (d. 29 Sept. 1701), da. of Richard Porter of Framlingham, Suff., s.p.s.; (2) Frances, 1s. 1da.

Offices Held

Commr. of victualling 1714-17; commissary of musters and stores in Minorca 1722-d.


Descended from a younger branch of Lord Keeper Bacon’s family, who acquired Earlham from the Wallers by marriage, Bacon was returned as a Whig for Norwich for nearly a quarter of a century. At George I’s accession he obtained a place, which he gave up to follow Walpole into opposition from 1717-20, securing another place after Walpole’s return to power. In 1721, following petitions from wool manufacturers, including those of Norwich, he introduced a bill, which became law, prohibiting the wearing of calico.1 He voted regularly with the Government till his death, 11 Nov. 1734.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Romney R. Sedgwick


  • 1. CJ, xix. 407-8; see also under PAGE, Sir Gregory.