1816 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir James Bland Burges

Anonymous, in Biographical Dictionary of Living Authors (1816) 46-47.



SIR JAMES BLAND BURGES, Bart. LL.D. only son of George B. Esq. by the Hon. Anne Wichmore, daughter of James Lord Somerville. He was born at Gibralter 1752, educated at Westminster School and University College, Oxford, which he left in 1773; and devoting himself to the study of the law, was called to the bar in 1777. In 1787 and 1790 he was elected M.P. for Helston, Cornwall; in 1789 appointed one of the Under-secretaries of State for the Foreign Department; in 1794 one of the Commissioners of the Privy Seal; and in 1795 having resigned the secretaryship was created a baronet, and appointed Knight Marshal of his Majesty's Household for life. Sir James has been thrice married, 1. to the Hon. Elizabeth Noel, who died in 1779 without issue; 2. to Anne, third daughter of Lieut. Col. Montolieu, by whom he has a numerous family; and 3. in 1812 to Lady Margaret Fordyce, sister to the Earl of Balcarras.