WALPOLE, Galfridus (1683-1726), of Westcomb House, Blackheath, Kent.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1715 - 21 Mar. 1721

Family and Education

b. 1683, 3rd surv. s. of Robert Walpole, M.P., of Houghton, Norf. by Mary, da. and h. of Sir Geoffrey Burwell of Rougham, Suff.; bro. of Sir Robert Walpole and Horatio Walpole of Wolterton. m. Cornelia Hays of London, s.p.

Offices Held

Capt. R.N. 1706; treasurer of Greenwich Hospital 1715-21; jt. postmaster gen. 1721-d.


Galfridus Walpole, a naval officer, lost his right arm in an action in the Mediterranean in 1711.1 Brought into Parliament and provided with a sinecure in 1715 by his brother, Robert, whom he followed into opposition in 1717, without losing his place, he vacated his seat in 1721 on appointment to the office of joint postmaster general, which disqualified its holder from sitting in the House of Commons. He died 7 Aug. 1726.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Romney R. Sedgwick


  • 1. Charnock, Biog. Navalis, iii. 376.