Francis Barrell (1663–1724)
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.
Barrell was a Member of Parliament (MP) for Rochester from 1701 to 1702. 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.
Barrell married Anne Cropley, widow of John Cropley of St Margarets and daughter of William Kitchell of Canterbury.
- David Hayton, Eveline Cruickshanks, Stuart Handley The House of Commons, 1690-1715, Volume 2
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "R" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
- The city and liberty of Rochester: The priory and cathedral church, The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 4 (1798), pp. 86-110 Date accessed: 12 November 2010
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