Burgoyne, Montagu (DNB00)

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Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 07
Burgoyne, Montagu

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BURGOYNE, MONTAGU (1750–1836), politician younger son of Sir Roger Burgoyne of Sutton, Bedfordshire, was a member of Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Lord North gave him the sinecure office of chamberlain of the till office in the exchequer, worth 1,600l. per annum. He was for many years verderer of Epping Forest, and resided at Mark Hall, Harlow. He was candidate for Essex in 1810, but was defeated by John Archer Houblon. He was author of:

  1. 'A Letter … on the Necessity of a Reform in Parliament,' 1809.
  2. 'Account of Proceedings at the late Election for Essex,' 1810.
  3. 'Speech to the Freeholders of Essex on the last day of the Election,' l8l2.
  4. 'A Collection of Psalms and Hymns.'
  5. 'An Address to the (Governors of Public Charity Schools … and a particular account of the Potton School of Industry, connected with allotments of land for the labouring poor in the counties of Bedford, Huntingdon, and Cambridge,' 1830.

Burgoyne was a warm friend of the allotment system. He married Elizabeth, daughter and heiress of Eliab Harvey. It is said that Mr. and Mrs. Burgoyne were entitled to receive, if they did not actually receive, the flitch of bacon at Dunmow.

[Gent. Mag. May 1836, p. 550.]