KENDALL, Walter (1626-96), of Pelyn, nr. Lostwithiel, Cornw.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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Mar. 1679 - Mar. 1681
1689 - 1695

Family and Education

bap. Oct. 1626, 1st s. of Nicholas Kendall of Pelyn (d.v.p. s. of Walter Kendall of Pelyn) by Emlyn, da. and coh. of Thomas Treffry of Lostwithiel.  m. 17 July 1650, Joan (d. 1716), da. of Sir Alexander Carew, 2nd Bt.†, of Antony, Cornw., sis. of Sir John Carew, 3rd Bt.*, s.psuc. fa. by 1640, gdfa. 1643.1

Offices Held

Capt. (royalist) 1642, lt.-col. by 1646.2

Mayor, Lostwithiel 1650, 1653, 1659, 1669, 1673, 1681, 1685; stannator, Blackmore 1673, 1686.3


A prominent member of the corporation of Lostwithiel, Kendall was returned again for the borough in 1690. Although the Marquess of Carmarthen (Sir Thomas Osborne†) was uncertain of Kendall’s partisan sympathies, he classed him as a Court supporter, and in December as a likely supporter in the event of a Commons’ attack upon Carmarthen’s ministerial position. In April 1691, however, Robert Harley* classed Kendall as a Country supporter. Absent from a call of the House on 4 Dec. 1693, Kendall was granted a week’s leave of absence, and on the 20th he was granted a further week’s leave. He had presumably returned by 1 Jan. 1694 when he was appointed to the committee to consider proposals for Irish forfeitures. On 10 Apr. he was given another leave of absence. It seems that a family argument prevented Kendall’s return at the 1695 election, as Kendall lost the support of his brother, which in the opinion of his sister-in-law Mary Carew, rendered him unable to secure his election. Kendall died the following year, being buried at Lanlivery, Cornwall on 5 Sept. 1696.4

Ref Volumes: 1690-1715

Author: Eveline Cruickshanks


  • 1. Vivian, Vis. Cornw. 260; PCC 16 Evelyn; Polsue, Complete Paroch. Hist. Cornw. ii. 22.
  • 2. Info. from Brigadier Peter Young.
  • 3. HMC Var. i. 328, 337; Add. 34550, f. 24; A. Mee, Cornw. 128; J. Tregoning, Stannary Laws, 57.
  • 4. Cornwall RO, Pole Carew mss CC/FF/1, Lady Carew to John Triese, 5 Nov. 1695; Polsue, iii. 22.