CORNEWALL, Frederick (1752-83), of Delbury Hall, Diddlesbury, Salop

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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27 Sept. 1776 - 1780
1780 - Mar. 1783

Family and Education

b. 13 Apr. 1752, 1st s. of Frederick Cornewall. educ. Eton 1765-9; St. John’s, Camb. 1770; L. Inn. 1773. unm. Took name of Walker before Cornewall, 21 July 1781.

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The circumstances of Cornewall’s return for Leominster have not been ascertained, but it is probable that he had there the support of Lord Powis. Robinson wrote under Ludlow in his survey for the general election of 1780:

There is a contest here ... a Mr. Beale is set up by the patriots and discontents of the town, though it is thought he can’t succeed.

That the threat was taken seriously can be seen from the very extensive correspondence of the candidates and their agent trying to secure votes,1 but it is not clear whether Beale stood the poll. Cornewall’s name does not appear in the division list over James Lowther’s motion on America, 12 Dec. 1781, but on Conway’s, 27 Feb., and Rous’s motion, 15 Mar. 1782, he voted with the Government. He did not vote on Shelburne’s peace preliminaries, 15 Feb. 1783, and there is no record of his having ever spoken in the House. He died v.p. in March 1783.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Sir Lewis Namier


  • 1. Clive mss, Salop RO.