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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, 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 reigment in America and the West Indies and following its dissolution in 1818 received the stand of colours.[4]

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 in Venn, J. & J. A., Alumni Cantabrigienses, Cambridge University Press, 10 vols, 1922–1958.
  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 Calender. Dublin: Alexander Thom. pp. 50.  
  7. ^ Sylvanus, Urban (1812). The Gentleman's Magazine. part I. London: Nichols, Son and Bentley. pp. 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
1804 – 1818
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 Barnewall Martin
James Daly
Baronetage of Ireland
Preceded by
Thomas Burke
(of Marble Hill)
1813 – 1847
Succeeded by
Thomas Burke


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