Francis Barrell (1663–1724)

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Francis Barrell (26 January 1663 – 11 June 1724) was an English Tory politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1701 and 1702.

Barrell was the son of Francis Barrell and his wife Anne Somer daughter of Richard Somer of Clifford's Inn. He was educated at Eton College and Brasenose College, Oxford. He entered Middle Temple in 1675 and was called to the bar in 1686. In 1689 he was made Freeman of Rochester and was Recorder of the town from 1692.[1]

Barrell was a Member of Parliament (MP) for Rochester from 1701 to 1702.[2] He was from a strong clerical family and his devout Anglicanism influenced his politics, making him a Tory. Barrell founded three schools in Rochester and Strood to teach reading and the Anglican catecism.[1]

Barrell died aged 61 and was buried in Rochester Cathedral.[3]

Barrell married Anne Cropley, widow of John Cropley of St Margarets and daughter of William Kitchell of Canterbury.[1]


Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Joseph Williamson
Sir Cloudesley Shovell
Member of Parliament for Rochester
With: William Bokenham
Succeeded by
Edward Knatchbull
William Cage