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About Hon Sir Edward Walpole, KB, MP

Sir Edward Walpole KB PC (Ire) (1706 – 12 January 1784) was a British politician, and a younger son of Sir Robert Walpole, Prime Minister from 1721 to 1742.

Edward Walpole was first entered Parliament as Member of Parliament (MP) for Lostwithiel in a by-election on 29 April 1730, following the death of Sir Edward Knatchbull earlier in the month. He was appointed junior Secretary to the Treasury the same year.

On 2 May 1734, in the next general election, he succeeded his uncle Horatio Walpole as MP for Great Yarmouth, remaining in the seat for nearly thirty-four years until the 1768 election, when his first cousin the Hon. Richard Walpole (son of Lord Walpole of Wolterton) replaced him.

On 7 September 1737 the Duke of Devonshire was named Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, and Walpole his Chief Secretary, though he continued also as Secretary to the Treasury. Walpole was also sworn of the Privy Council of Ireland on 8 October that year and stood for Ballyshannon in the Irish House of Commons, s seat he held until 1760.

On 9 May 1739 Walpole's elder brother Robert, Lord Walpole, resigned his post of Clerk of the Pells in order to become an Auditor of the Exchequer, and Edward was appointed to succeed him, holding the office until his death.

On 27 August 1753 Walpole was made a Knight Companion of the Order of the Bath, the order re-founded by his father in 1725.

Sir Edward Walpole never married, but left three daughters by his mistress Dorothy Clement:

Laura, who married 13 September 1758 the Hon. and Rev. Frederick Keppel (later Bishop of Exeter) and died 27 July 1813, leaving issue;

Maria, who married firstly 15 May 1759, the Earl Waldegrave, and secondly 6 September 1766, the Duke of Gloucester and died 22 August 1807, leaving issue by both marriages;

Charlotte, who married 2 October 1760 Lord Huntingtower (later Earl of Dysart) and died 5 September 1789, without issue.

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Hon Sir Edward Walpole, KB, MP's Timeline

July 10, 1736
Age 30
Westminster, London, England
December 9, 1738
Age 32
January 12, 1784
Age 78