BACON, Edward (?1712-86), of Earlham, nr. Norwich.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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25 Feb. 1742 - 1747
21 Apr. 1748 - 1754
1754 - June 1756
25 June 1756 - 1784

Family and Education

b. ?1712, 1st s. of Waller Bacon of Earlham. educ. G. Inn 1731, called 1738, bencher 1755. m. 4 Sept. 1742, Elizabeth Knight of Southampton, s.p. suc. fa. 1734.

Offices Held

Steward of Norwich 1750, recorder 1752-83; ld. of Trade Dec. 1759-July 1765; chairman of committee of privileges and elections 1758-70.


In 1739 Edward Bacon was invited to stand with Tory support against the sitting Whig Members for Norwich, which his father had long represented.1 In response to local representations he agreed to defer a decision till he had consulted ‘old’ Horace Walpole, the senior sitting Member, who arranged for him to be brought in for King’s Lynn on the Walpole interest in 1742. He voted regularly with the Government and in 1748 was returned on the Walpole interest for Callington as a government supporter. He was again invited to stand for Norwich in 1754 but declined in order to oblige Pelham, who provided him with another seat.2 Returned at last for Norwich in 1756, he continued to represent the city till shortly before his death, 12 Mar. 1786.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Romney R. Sedgwick


  • 1. J. Fowle to 'old' Horace Walpole, 4 Nov. 1739, Walpole (Wolterton) mss.
  • 2. Add. 32995, f. 128.