Peter Burrell, 1st Baron Gwydyr

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Peter Burrell, 1st Baron Gwydyr PC (16 June 1754 – 29 June 1820) featured in English politics at the end of the 18th century, but he was best known for his involvement in cricket, particularly his part in the foundation of Marylebone Cricket Club in 1787.

He was the son of Peter Burrell and educated at Eton College and St John's College, Cambridge.[1]


He was elected Member of Parliament for Haslemere from 1776 to 1780 and for Boston from 1782 to 1796. [2]

He married in 1779, Lady Priscilla Barbara Elizabeth Bertie, the daughter of Peregrine Bertie, 3rd Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven. She succeeded to a large part of the Ancaster estates in 1779, to the barony of Willoughby of Eresby in 1780 and to the hereditary office of Lord Great Chamberlain. Burrell was knighted in 1781 and became her deputy.

The highlight of his career was his role as Deputy Lord Great Chamberlain, jure uxoris, in the famous trial of Warren Hastings. Hastings had been the first Governor-General of India from 1773 to 1786, but in 1787 he was impeached and subsequently tried for corruption, but was acquitted in 1795.

He succeeded his father in 1775 and his great-uncle Sir Merrick Burrell as 2nd Baronet in 1787. He was created Baron Gwydir on 16 June 1796.[2]


A keen amateur cricketer Burrell has been called the third most influential member of the White Conduit Club and of the early MCC, after George Finch, 9th Earl of Winchilsea and Charles Lennox, 4th Duke of Richmond.

His playing career extended to just 9 known first-class matches from 1785 to 1790. He played for Kent in a couple of matches although he was a Londoner by birth and his family seat was in Sussex. He was a very useful batsman as indicated by his highest innings of 97 playing for White Conduit Club v Gentlemen of Kent at White Conduit Fields on Thursday, 30 June and Friday, 1 July 1785.


He died in 1820. With Priscilla Bertie he had lived at Langley Park, Beckenham and had 3 sons and a daughter. He was succeeded in his titles by his eldest son Peter Robert Drummond-Burrell, 2nd Baron Gwydyr, 22nd Baron Willoughby de Eresby.[2]


  1. ^ "Burrell, Peter (BRL771P)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ a b c "BURRELL, Peter III (1754-1820), of Langley Park, Beckenham, Kent". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 7 February 2018. 


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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Thomas More Molyneux
Sir Merrick Burrell, Bt
Member of Parliament for Haslemere
With: Sir Merrick Burrell, Bt
Succeeded by
Sir James Lowther, Bt
Edward Norton
Preceded by
Lord Robert Bertie
Humphrey Sibthorp
Member of Parliament for Boston
With: Humphrey Sibthorp 1782–1784
Dalhousie Watherston 1784–1790
Thomas Fydell 1790–1796
Succeeded by
Thomas Fydell
Viscount Milsington
Court offices
Preceded by
The Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven
Lord Great Chamberlain

Succeeded by
The Lord Willoughby de Eresby
Peerage of Great Britain
New creation Baron Gwydyr
Succeeded by
Peter Drummond-Burrell
Baronetage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Merrick Burrell
(of West Grinstead Park)
Succeeded by
Peter Drummond-Burrell