He was the second son of Peter Burrell and his wife Isabella Merrik, daughter of John Merrik. He bought West Grinstead Park in 1744.
Burrell entered the British House of Commons for Great Marlow in 1747, sat for it until 1754 and was subsequently returned for Grampound, which he represented until 1768. He was elected for Haslemere in 1774 and stood then for Great Bedwyn, becoming its representative until 1784.
Burrell was governor of the Bank of England from 1758 to 1760, and on 15 July 1766, he was created a baronet, of West Grinstead Park in the County of Sussex, with a special remainder to the heirs male of his older brother Peter.
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|Parliament of Great Britain|
| Member of Parliament for Great Marlow
With: William Ockenden
Lord George Bentinck
| Member of Parliament for Grampound
With: Simon Fanshawe
Charles Wolfran Cornwall
Thomas More Molyneux
| Member of Parliament for Haslemere
With: Thomas More Molyneux 1774–1776
Peter Burrell 1776–1780
| Member of Parliament for Great Bedwyn
With: Paul Methuen 1780–1781
Paul Cobb Methuen 1781–1784
Marquess of Graham
| Governor of the Bank of England
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