WALTER, John (d.1736), of Busbridge, nr. Godalming, Surr.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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15 Dec. 1719 - 1727

Family and Education

s. of Richard Walter of Barbados, merchant. m. 22 Apr. 1697, Lucy, da. of Col. Abel Alleyne of Barbados, member and speaker of the assembly there, 8s. 3da.

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Between 1708 and 1715 John Walter, a rich West Indian, bought the manor of Busbridge and other properties in Surrey. After contesting Haslemere unsuccessfully in 1715, he was returned as a Tory for the county in 1719, heading the poll in 1722. In 1727 he joined with Thomas Scawen against Arthur Onslow, but gave up during the poll, apparently on the understanding that Scawen should pay all the election expenses, which were supposed to be ‘very large’, and ‘not suited, as it was thought, to Mr. Walter’s circumstances at that time’.1 He died 12 May 1736.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Romney R. Sedgwick


  • 1. HMC 14th Rep. IX, 518-19.