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Sir Robert Walpole Born 1676 Houghton Norfolk

Robert Walpole was born on 26 August 1676 in Houghton, Norfolk into a wealthy landowning family.  He was to become the first nominated Prime Minister although he would officially hold that title.

  • His mother was Mary Walpole (née Burwell) and he was the third of seventeen children, eight of whom died during infancy.
  • Educated Eton College and Kings College Cambridge, he left early as his elder brother died to assist his father administer the family estate.
  • His early ambition had been to enter the clergy but the premature death of his elder brother left him as heir so that was abandoned.

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