WALWYN, James (1744-1800), of Longworth House, Hereford

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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11 Apr. 1785 - 2 Oct. 1800

Family and Education

b. 4 Oct. 1744, o.s. of Richard Walwyn of Dorchester by Mary, da. of Rev. William Floyer of Whitbourne, Herefs.  educ. Magdalen, Oxf. 1762.  m. 3 Feb. 1767, Sarah, da. of Thomas Phillipps of Eaton Bishop, Herefs., 2s. 1da.  suc. fa. 1750; gd.-fa. 1766.

Offices Held

Sheriff, Herefs. 1784-5.


Walwyn unsuccessfully contested Herefordshire in 1776. He did not stand at the general election of 1780, though John Scudamore, his friend, thought that he could have got in at Hereford.1 In June 1784 Lord Surrey, who had been elected both at Hereford and Carlisle, proposed to have Walwyn returned for Hereford; but as sheriff of the county he was ineligible to stand. Walwyn’s brother-in-law Robert Phillipps held the seat as a stop-gap till his term of office was over.

Walwyn voted consistently with the Opposition and remained with Fox after 1794. His only recorded intervention in debate before 1790 was a ‘short and fluent speech’ against Richmond’s fortifications plan, 27 Feb. 1786.2

He died 2 Oct. 1800.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: E. A. Smith


  • 1. Scudamore to Portland, 17 Sept. 1780, Portland mss.
  • 2. Stockdale, vii. 229.