BACKWELL, Barnaby (d.1754), of Tyringham, Bucks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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18 Apr. - 3 Oct. 1754

Family and Education

2nd but 1st surv. s. of Tyringham Backwell of Tyringham, Bucks. by Elizabeth, da. of Sir Francis Child, ld. mayor of London, sis. of Samuel Child, M.P., banker. m. (1) 16 Apr. 1743, Margaret (d.1745), da. of Samuel Clarke, London merchant, s.p.; (2) 23 June 1747, Sarah Gibbon,1 1s. 3da. suc. fa. 19 July 1754.

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Backwell was a partner in the bank of Samuel and Francis Child, and said to be ‘possessed of £4,000 p.a.’.2 In 1754 he stood for Bishop’s Castle, a notoriously corrupt borough, which his uncle Samuel Child had represented 1747-52. The chief interest in it was held by the Walcot family who were heavily in debt to Child’s bank. In Newcastle’s ‘state of elections’, March 1754,3 the note is placed against Bishop’s Castle: ‘strongly contested’. Backwell came out second on the poll. In Dupplin’s list of 1754 he was classed as a Tory. He died 3 Oct. 1754.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Mary M. Drummond


  • 1. Lipscomb, Bucks. iv. 376; Gent. Mag. 1747, p. 296, gives her name as Gordon.
  • 2. Gent. Mag. 1754, p. 483.
  • 3. Add. 32995, ff. 138-41.