BURRELL, Lord Gwydyr, Willoughby Merrick Campbell

1841 - 1915

Hon. Willoughby Merrik Campbell Burrell was born on 26 October 1841, only son of Peter Robert Burrell, 4th Baron Gwydyr (1810-1909), High Sheriff of Suffolk in 1858, Secretary to the Lord Great Chamberlain, High Steward of Ipswich, and Chairman of Suffolk Quarter Sessions, and his wife Sophia, only child of F. W. Campbell of Barbreck, who married at Ipswich on 10 December 1840. He had one sibling, Hon. Cicely Burrell (born 1858) and a half-sister Cicely Burrell from his father's second marriage to Georgina Holford on 8 May 1856. Educated at Eton and on 1 June 1860 joined the Army (by purchase) as an Ensign in the Rifle Brigade, rising to the rank of Captain and later was Honorary Colonel in the 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. On 3 April 1909, Burrell succeeded as 5th Baron Gwydyr, of Gwydr, County Carnarvon. He married firstly on 4 September 1873, Mary, daughter of Sir John Banks, who died on 26 June 1898 and they had three children; Catherine Mary Sermonia Burrell [q.v.] (Henniker-Heaton 1874-1958), Randulphus Clement Robert Burrell (18761882) and John Percy Burrell (18781902), who was unmarried. Burrell married 2ndly on 4 June 1901, Anne Ord (died 1910), daughter of John Ord. Burrell lived at Stoke Park, Ipswich and a member and president of the Ipswich Art Club in 1912, but did not exhibit. He died in London on 13 February 1915 and buried in Brookwood Cemetery, Surrey when the Barony of Gwydyr, created in 1796, became extinct.