WALPOLE, Hon. Horatio (1752-1822), of Wolterton, Norf.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1780 - 1784
1784 - 24 Feb. 1809

Family and Education

b. 13 June 1752, 1st s. of Hon. Horatio Walpole (d. 1809), 1st Earl of Orford.  educ. Eton 1764-70; Trinity, Camb. 1771.  m. (1) 27 July 1781, Sophia (d. 9 Nov. 1797), da. of Charles Churchill, 4s. 7da.; (2) 28 July 1806, Catherine, da. of Rev. Dr. Tunstall, wid. of Rev. Thomas Chamberlayne, s.p.  suc. fa. as 2nd Earl of Orford 24 Feb. 1809.

Offices Held

Sec. and registrar of Chelsea Hospital 1783.


In 1780 Walpole was returned for Wigan on the interest of the Duke of Portland, his cousin by marriage. He voted consistently with Opposition till the fall of North; against Shelburne’s peace preliminaries, 18 Feb. 1783, and for Fox’s East India bill, 27 Nov. 1783. In 1784 he successfully contested King’s Lynn with the support of the corporation. Henceforth he opposed Pitt but did not follow Fox after the outbreak of the French war. There is no record of his having spoken in the House 1780-90.

He died 15 June 1822.

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Author: Mary M. Drummond