William Walrond, 1st Baron Waleran

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The Lord Waleran

William Walrond, 1st Baron Waleran, as painted by Sir Hubert von Herkomer.
Parliamentary Secretary
to the Treasury
In office
29 June 1895 – 8 August 1902
Edward VII
Prime MinisterThe Marquess of Salisbury
Arthur Balfour
Preceded byT. E. Ellis
Succeeded bySir Alexander Fuller-Acland-Hood, Bt
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
In office
11 August 1902 – 4 December 1905
MonarchEdward VII
Prime MinisterArthur Balfour
Preceded byThe Lord James of Hereford
Succeeded byHenry Fowler
Personal details
Born(1849-02-26)26 February 1849
Died17 May 1925(1925-05-17) (aged 76)
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)(1) Elizabeth Pitman
(2) Helene Morrison
Arms of Walrond of Bradfield, Devon: Argent, three bull's heads cabossed sable armed or; Crest: A heraldic tiger sable pellete[1]

William Hood Walrond, 1st Baron Waleran, PC, DL, JP (26 February 1849 – 17 May 1925), known as Sir William Walrond, Bt, between 1889 and 1905, of Bradfield House, Uffculme, Devon, was a British Conservative Party politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1880 until 1906 when he was raised to the peerage. He served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury between 1895 and 1902 and as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster between 1902 and 1905.


Walrond was the son of Sir John Walrond, 1st Baronet of Bradfield House, Uffculme, Devon and the Hon. Frances Caroline Hood, youngest daughter of Samuel Hood, 2nd Baron Bridport,[2] he was educated at Eton and served as a captain in the Grenadier Guards in 1872. He was a lieutenant-colonel in the 1st Devon Rifle Volunteers and a J.P. and DL for Devon.[3]

Walrond caricatured by Lib in Vanity Fair, 1886

Walrond was also an active cricketer, he was in the Eton first XI in 1866 and 1867 and played for numerous amateur teams for many years subsequently including Quidnuncs, I Zingari, Gentlemen of Devon and Marylebone Cricket Club. He played one game for MCC in 1868 which was classified as first-class.[4]

Political career[edit]

Walrond was elected as a Member of Parliament (MP) for East Devonshire in the 1880 general election and held the seat until 1885 when it was replaced under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885. In the 1885 general election he was elected MP for Tiverton which he held until 1906. Walrond served as a Junior Lord of the Treasury from 1885 to 1886 under Lord Salisbury, and from 1886 to 1892 under Salisbury and then under Arthur Balfour, he was Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip under Balfour from 1895 to 1902 and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster from 11 August 1902 to 1905.[5][6][7] He was sworn of the Privy Council in 1899.[8] In 1889 he succeeded his father in the baronetcy[2] and in 1905 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Waleran, of Uffculme in the County of Devon.[9]


Walrond's sister, Mary Caroline Walrond, married firstly Lt.-Col. Sir George Clay, 3rd Bt., and secondly Lt.-Col. Walter Henry Holbech, her son from her second marriage was William Holbech, who, like his uncle, played first-class cricket.[10]

Lord Waleran married as his first wife Elizabeth Katharine Pitman in 1871, their son the Hon. William Walrond succeeded his father as Member of Parliament for Tiverton but was killed in action in the First World War. After Elizabeth's death in October 1911 Waleran married secondly Helene Margaret, daughter of F. Morrison, in 1913. Waleran died in May 1925, aged 76, and was succeeded in his titles by his grandson, William. Lady Waleran died in February 1956.[2]


  1. ^ Burke's Landed Gentry, 1937, p.2353
  2. ^ a b c thepeerage.com William Hood Walrond, 1st Baron Waleran
  3. ^ Debretts Guide to the House of Commons 1886
  4. ^ CricketArchive: William Walrond
  5. ^ "Mr Balfour´s Ministry - full list of appointments". The Times (36842). London. 9 August 1902. p. 5.
  6. ^ "No. 27464". The London Gazette. 12 August 1902. p. 5175.
  7. ^ Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by William Walrond
  8. ^ "No. 27061". The London Gazette. 10 March 1899. p. 1659.
  9. ^ "No. 27875". The London Gazette. 16 January 1906. p. 381.
  10. ^ Mary Caroline Walrond – ThePeerage.com. Retrieved 29 December 2014.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Lawrence Palk, Bt
Sir John Henry Kennaway, Bt
Member of Parliament for Devon East
With: Sir John Henry Kennaway, Bt
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
Sir John Heathcoat-Amory, Bt
Viscount Ebrington
Member of Parliament for Tiverton
Succeeded by
Hon. William Walrond
Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Edward Ellis
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
1895 – 1902
Succeeded by
Sir Alexander Acland-Hood, Bt
Preceded by
The Lord James of Hereford
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
1902 – 1905
Succeeded by
Henry Fowler
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Walrond
(of Bradfield)
Succeeded by
William George Hood Walrond
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Waleran
1905 – 1925
Succeeded by
William George Hood Walrond