BURRARD, John (c.1646-98), of Lymington, Hants.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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22 May 1679 - Mar. 1681
1685 - 1687
1689 - 14 May 1698

Family and Education

bap. 9 Jan. 1646, 3rd but 1st surv. s. of Thomas Burrard of Lymington and Old Palace Yard, Westminster by Elizabeth, da. of Gregory Isham of Barby, Northants. and h. to her bro. Arthur Isham; bro. of Paul Burrard I*.  educ. M. Temple 1663.  m. (1) 9 Jan. 1667, Elizabeth (d. 1676), da. and coh. of John Button† of Buckland, Lymington, 2s. d.v.p. 5da.; (2) Alicia (d. 1703), da. of Richard Herbert†, 2nd Baron Herbert of Chirbury, s.psuc. fa. 1661.1

Offices Held

Gent. of the privy chamber 1666–85.2

Freeman, Lymington 1667, mayor, 1672–3, 1692–5; freeman, Winchester by 1695; commr. spoils, New Forest 1679, ranger 1689–d.; gov. of Hurst Castle, Lymington by 1698–d.3


In the general election of 1690 Burrard successfully contested Lymington, which he controlled in alliance with the Powletts, dukes of Bolton, and was classed by Lord Carmarthen (Sir Thomas Osborne†) as a Whig in his list of the new Parliament. On 14 May he told against a motion to read the bill for vesting in their Majesties the £500 forfeitures. In the next session, in December 1690 Carmarthen listed Burrard as a probable supporter in case of an attack in the Commons against Carmarthen’s ministerial position, and the following April Robert Harley* classed him as a Court supporter. On 23 Jan. 1692 he was granted leave to go into the country after a previous request, on the 2nd, had been refused. On 7 Feb. 1693 he spoke against a bill to increase and preserve timber in the New Forest, prompted by loyalty to his political and electoral ally, the Duke of Bolton (Charles Powlett†), then warden of the forest, and consideration for his constituents, whom the bill would have deprived of their common rights. On 6 Jan. 1694 he was given leave from the House for ten days, and on 5 Apr. 1694 acted as teller for a motion connected with the poll bill. Grascome’s list of spring 1693, extended to 1695, classed him as a Court supporter with a place or pension.4

Again successful for Lymington in 1695, Burrard was given leave for two weeks on 9 Jan. 1696, was forecast as likely to support the government in the division of 31 Jan. 1696 on the proposed council of trade, and signed the Association promptly. In the 1696–7 session, he voted on 25 Nov. 1696 for the attainder of Sir John Fenwick† and was given leave of absence for three weeks on 26 Feb. 1697. Burrard died shortly before the end of this Parliament, on 14 May 1698 of a ‘most violent fever sickness’, his name appearing on a list of placemen compiled shortly after this date. Most of his property around Lymington was so heavily mortgaged it had to be sold after his death, with the exception of his share of the manor of Buckland, acquired by his first marriage, which was divided among his surviving daughters.5

Ref Volumes: 1690-1715

Author: Paula Watson


  • 1. Mems. St. Margaret’s Westminster, 196; Berry, Hants Gens. 153–4; S. G. Burrard, Fams. of Borard and Burrard, 66–67; S. Burrard, Annals of Walhampton, 23–24.
  • 2. N. Carlisle, Gent. Privy Chamber, 177, 197.
  • 3. E. King, Old Times Revisited, Lymington, 184, 190; Hants RO, Winchester bor. recs. ordnance bk. 7, f. 128; Cal. Treas. Bks. vi. 199; xvii. 951; CSP Dom. 1689–90, p. 32; Cobbett, Parlty. Hist. v. p. clxxi.
  • 4. Luttrell Diary, 105, 409.
  • 5. Bolton mss at Bolton Hall, D/18, Thomas Cobbe to Bolton, 16 May 1698; S. G. Burrard, 66–67; S. Burrard, 23.