Sir Walter Palmer, 1st Baronet

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Sir Walter Palmer, 1st Baronet (4 February 1858 – 16 April 1910) was a biscuit manufacturer and a Conservative Party politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1900 to 1906.

Palmer was born in Reading, Berkshire the son of George Palmer who founded the firm of Huntley & Palmer, biscuit manufacturers.[1] He was educated at University College, London, and also at the Sorbonne, Paris. He became a director of the firm and was also the first chairman of University College, Reading.[1] In 1900, he was appointed a deputy lieutenant of Berkshire.[2]

In 1900, Palmer was elected Member of Parliament for Salisbury.[3] He lost his seat in the general election of 1906 by the narrow margin of 41 votes.[4] In 1904 he received a baronetcy.

Palmer died at Newbury at the age of 52 and the baronetcy became extinct

Palmer married Jean Craig, daughter of William Young Craig. Their daughter, Gladys, married Bertram Willes Dayrell Brooke, of the family of the White Rajas of Sarawak, titled "His Highness The Tuan Muda of Sarawak" in 1904 and converted to Islam in the 1930s.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Burke's Peerage
  2. ^ "no. 27244". The London Gazette. 6 November 1900. p. 6784. 
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  4. ^ F. W. S. Craig, British parliamentary election results 1885-1918 (MacMillan, 1974) p.181

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Edward Henry Hulse
Member of Parliament for Salisbury
Succeeded by
Edward Tennant
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New title Baronet
(of Reading, Berkshire)