FARRAND, Robert (?1792-1855), of Holme Hale Hall, Norf.
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Family and Education
Farrand apparently lived with his father and took over the Norfolk estate on his death.2 It seems that he already had commercial interests in East Anglia before he entered Parliament, but it was not until 1829 that he set up as a London corn factor in his own right.3
Farrand’s father put him up on his interest at Hedon in 1818 under the description of a ‘near connexion’.4 He stood with the wealthy Edmund Turton against the corporation candidates and was placed second to him on the poll. On such major issues as Tierney’s censure motion, 18 May 1819, and the foreign enlistment bill, 10 June, he voted with ministers in his first session, but was in the minority for Harvey’s motion critical of excise informers, 9 Mar., and spoke against the excise duties bill, 25 May, adding his vote on 25 June. On 23 June he supported Brougham’s motion for inquiry into the abuse of charitable foundations. In the second session he emerged in opposition to government’s repressive measures. Having voted for Althorp’s motion on the state of the country, 30 Nov., he went on to oppose the seizure of arms bill, 16 Dec., and the newspaper stamp duties bill, 20 Dec. 1819. He died 2 Feb. 1855, aged 62.