BRITIFFE, Robert (?1663-1749), of Baconsthorpe, Norf.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1715 - 1734

Family and Education

b. ?1663, 1st s. of Edmund Britiffe of Baconsthorpe by Mary, da. of Robert Longe of Spixworth, Norf. educ. Baconsthorpe, Holt and Norwich schools, Caius, Camb. 24 May 1680, aged 16; M. Temple 1682, called 1688. m. (1) Judith (d. 1705), da. of Henry Edgar of Eye, Suff., 1da.; (2) Elizabeth (d. 1712), da. of Sir William Rant of Thorpe Market, Norf., 1 da.; (3) Elizabeth, da. of Thomas Strotton of Little Melton, Norf. wid. of Dr. Thomas Tanner, bp. of St. Asaph, s.p.

Offices Held

Recorder of Lynn 1704-30, of Norwich 1737-43.


Britiffe was a Norwich lawyer, who acted as legal adviser to the Townshend and Walpole families, handling Walpole’s purchases of land in 1720.1 Returned for Norwich as a Whig in 1715, he followed his patrons into opposition from 1717 to 1720, subsequently voting with the Government till he retired in favour of ‘old’ Horace Walpole in 1734. He died 22 Sept. 1749, leaving his property to his daughters, one of whom married Sir John Hobart, 1st Earl of Buckinghamshire, and the other, Sir William Morden Harbord, 1st Bt.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Romney R. Sedgwick


  • 1. HMC Townshend, 348, 352-3; J. H. Plumb, Walpole, i. 210, 310, 361.