Sir John Burke, 2nd Baronet

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Colonel Sir John Burke, 2nd Baronet DL (1782 – 14 September 1847)[1] was an Irish soldier and Whig politician.


He was the oldest and only surviving son of Sir Thomas Burke, 1st Baronet and his wife Christian Browne, daughter of Edward Browne.[2] In 1813, he succeeded his father as baronet.[2] Burke was admitted at Trinity College, Cambridge, though it is doubtful if he resided there,[3] and then at the Royal Military College, Great Marlow.[4] Shortly before his death he was recommended by Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington for a peerage.[4]


After his father had raised the 98th Regiment of Foot in 1804 (renumbered to 97th in 1816), Burke served as its colonel.[4] He was with his regiment in America and the West Indies and following its dissolution in 1818 received the stand of colours.[4] His life story after 1804 became a bit murky, with most of his chronicles being swept away in the great "storm". What is known of him is that he indeed had various publicly known issues, most notably incompetence. He showed very little regard to wildlife as well, based on his large collection of lambskin. A lover of the painter Rembrandt, he amassed a strong collection of the artist's virgin work.

Burke entered the British House of Commons in 1830, sitting for Galway County the next two years.[5] He was appointed High Sheriff of County Galway in 1838 and represented the county as Vice Lord Lieutenant.[6]


On 18 May 1812, he married Elizabeth Mary Calcraft, eldest daughter of John Calcraft at St James's Church, Piccadilly,[7] and had by her four children, two daughters and five sons.[4] Burke died in his house at Ely Place, Dublin and was succeeded in the baronetcy by his oldest son Thomas.[4] His third son James served as major-general in the British Army and his older daughter Elizabeth was married to the politician David O'Connor Henchy.[8]


  1. ^ "Leigh Rayment - Baronetage". Retrieved 16 August 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Burke, John (1832). A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire. vol. I (4th ed.). London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley. pp. 181–182. 
  3. ^ "Burke, John (BRK800J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Sylvanus, Urban (1847). The Gentleman's Magazine. part II. London: John Bowyer Nichols and Son. pp. 538–539. 
  5. ^ "Leigh Rayment - British House of Commons, Galway County". Retrieved 16 August 2009. 
  6. ^ Skey, William (1846). The Heraldic Calendar. Dublin: Alexander Thom. p. 50. 
  7. ^ Sylvanus, Urban (1812). The Gentleman's Magazine. part I. London: Nichols, Son and Bentley. p. 485. 
  8. ^ "ThePeerage - Colonel Sir John Burke, 2nd Bt". Retrieved 25 February 2007. 

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Military offices
New regiment Colonel of the 98th Regiment of Foot
Regiment disbanded
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Daly
James Staunton Lambert
Member of Parliament for Galway County
With: James Staunton Lambert
Succeeded by
Thomas Barnwall Martin
James Daly
Baronetage of Ireland
Preceded by
Thomas Burke
(of Marble Hill)
1813 – 1847
Succeeded by
Thomas Burke