Horace Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford

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Horace Walpole

Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: London, England
Death: March 2, 1797 (79)
London, England
Place of Burial: Houghton Hall, Norfolk, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford and Catherine Shorter
Father of no issue Walpole
Brother of Robert Walpole, 2nd Earl of Orford; Catherine Walpole; Mary Cholmondeley, Countess of Cholmondeley and Hon Sir Edward Walpole, KB, MP
Half brother of Maria Churchill

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About Horace Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford

Wikipedia: English

Horace Inherited the title when his nephew George died. When Horace then died without issue, the title went extinct. However it was re-created for [Horatio William Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford].

Horace Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford (24 September 1717 – 2 March 1797).

English art historian, man of letters, antiquarian and Whig politician. He is now largely remembered for Strawberry Hill, the home he built in Twickenham, southwest London where he revived the Gothic style some decades before his Victorian successors, and for his Gothic novel, The Castle of Otranto. Along with the book, his literary reputation rests on his Letters, which are of significant social and political interest. He was the son of Sir Robert Walpole, and cousin of Admiral Lord Nelson.


The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole on Project Gutenberg

The Letters of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford on Project Gutenberg

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Horace Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford's Timeline

September 24, 1717
London, England
March 2, 1797
Age 79
London, England
Houghton Hall, Norfolk, England