Peter Burrell (1724–1775)

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Peter Burrell FRS (27 August 1724 – 6 November 1775)[1] was a British politician and barrister.

Born in London, he was the son of Peter Burrell and his wife Amy Raymond, daughter of Hugh Raymond.[2] His uncle was Sir Merrick Burrell, 1st Baronet and his younger brother Sir William Burrell, 2nd Baronet.[2] Burrell was educated at St John's College, Cambridge, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1745 and then with a Master of Arts.[3] In 1749, he was called to the bar by Lincoln's Inn.[3]

Burrell sat as Member of Parliament (MP) in the British House of Commons for Launceston from 1759 to 1768[1] and subsequently for Totnes to 1774.[4] In 1752, he was invested as a Fellow of the Royal Society,[5] and in 1769, he was appointed Surveyor General of the Land Revenues of the Crown.[6]

On 28 February 1748, he married Elizabeth Lewis, daughter of John Lewis of Hackney; they lived at Langley Park.[7] They had four daughters and a son, Peter, the later Baron Gwydyr.[8] Their second daughter Isabella (1750–1812) married Algernon Percy, 1st Earl of Beverley, and was ancestor to the Dukes of Northumberland.[8] Their third daughter Frances Julia Burrell married Hugh Percy, Second Duke of Northumberland in 1779, and was mother to both the Third Duke of Northumberland, also named Hugh, and Algernon Percy, Fourth Duke of Northumberland. Frances's husband and Isabella's husband were brothers, both sons of Hugh Percy, 1st Duke of Northumberland.[9] Their fourth daughter, Elizabeth, married firstly Douglas Hamilton, 8th Duke of Hamilton and secondly Henry Cecil, 1st Marquess of Exeter. There was no issue from either marriage.


  1. ^ a b "Leigh Rayment - British House of Commons, Launceston". Retrieved 29 April 2009.
  2. ^ a b "ThePeerage - Peter Burrell". Retrieved 3 March 2007.
  3. ^ a b "Burrell, Peter (BRL741P)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  4. ^ "Leigh Rayment - British House of Commons, Totnes". Retrieved 23 April 2009.
  5. ^ "Royal Society - Library and Archive catalogue". Retrieved 23 April 2009.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Haydn, Joseph (1851). The Book of Dignities: Containing Rolls of the Official Personages of the British Empire. London: Longman, Brown, Green and Longman's. pp. 194.
  7. ^ Lodge, Edmund (1838). The Genealogy of the Existing British Peerage (6th ed.). London: Saunder and Otley. pp. 524.
  8. ^ a b Debrett, John (1824). Debrett's Baronetage of England. vol. I (5th ed.). London: G. Woodfall. p. 775.
  9. ^ The Gentleman's Magazine: 1830. E. Cave. 1830. pp. 465–.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir John St Aubyn
Humphry Morice
Member of Parliament for Launceston
1759 – 1768
With: Humphry Morice
Succeeded by
Humphry Morice
William Amherst
Preceded by
Richard Savage Lloyd
Henry Seymour
Member of Parliament for Totnes
With: Sir Philip Jennings-Clerke, Bt
Succeeded by
Sir Philip Jennings-Clerke, Bt
James Amyatt
Political offices
Preceded by
Hon. Robert Sawyer Herbert
Surveyor General of the Land Revenues of the Crown
Succeeded by
Hon. John St John