FARRAND, Robert (?1792-1855), of Holme Hale Hall, Norf.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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1818 - 1826
1830 - 1832
21 Feb. 1837 - 1841

Family and Education

b. ?1792, illegit. s. of Christopher Atkinson* (afterwards Savile). m. Elizabeth, s.p.1

Offices Held


Farrand apparently lived with his father and took over the Norfolk estate on his death.2 It seems that he already had commercial interests in East Anglia before he entered Parliament, but it was not until 1829 that he set up as a London corn factor in his own right.3

Farrand’s father put him up on his interest at Hedon in 1818 under the description of a ‘near connexion’.4 He stood with the wealthy Edmund Turton against the corporation candidates and was placed second to him on the poll. On such major issues as Tierney’s censure motion, 18 May 1819, and the foreign enlistment bill, 10 June, he voted with ministers in his first session, but was in the minority for Harvey’s motion critical of excise informers, 9 Mar., and spoke against the excise duties bill, 25 May, adding his vote on 25 June. On 23 June he supported Brougham’s motion for inquiry into the abuse of charitable foundations. In the second session he emerged in opposition to government’s repressive measures. Having voted for Althorp’s motion on the state of the country, 30 Nov., he went on to oppose the seizure of arms bill, 16 Dec., and the newspaper stamp duties bill, 20 Dec. 1819. He died 2 Feb. 1855, aged 62.

Ref Volumes: 1790-1820

Author: Winifred Stokes


  • 1. PCC 1855, f. 119.
  • 2. The house is not mentioned in Savile’s will, PCC 245 Ellenboro’.
  • 3. John Constable’s Corresp. ed. Beckett, 181; Post Office Directory, 1830.
  • 4. Hull Advertiser, 23 May 1818.