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Walter /POLLARD/ Parents. Draw Anc. Tree.
Education Eton BET 1761 AND 1766
Education HARROW BET 1770 AND 1771. With Crooke and Parnell he drew up a Pertition to the Governors at Harrow School objecting to the appointment of Dr. Heath of Eton as Headmaster. There followed riots at which the Governor's coach was stoned, rolled down the hill to the common, and there smashed to pieces.

The Governers sent the School home for a week and expelled the ringleaders altogether. among those mentioned above was Richard Wellesly, the future Governor General of India.

Walter Pollard then went to the Rev. Dr. Parr's School at Stanmore.

Education Dr. Parr's School at Stanmore Emmanuel College, Cambridge 27 Oct 1772 Where according to Maurice's Memoirs "by his ingenuous temper, his sportive humour, his sprightly manners, his virtuous principles and his literary attainments he gained the love and admiration of all his fellow collegians". He left Cambridge without taking a degree.

Nb. he was admitted to the Inner Temple on 20 Jan 1772 and was called to the Bar on 21 Nov 1777. Towards the end of 1779 Walter Pollard decided to visit his father and with the help of friends, obtained a passage to Barbados with Admiral Rodney's fleet, arriving there early in 1780. He experienced the hurricane of October the 10th of that year about which a friend wrote:- "Walter Pollard and family have lost everything. He has nothing else left, and they could not be shaken by the wind or blasted by the lightning."

After the destruction of his father's estate he returned to London and practised at the Bar. In December 1783 he left for America and landed at Charlestown in February 1784. He first moved to Richmond, Virginia, where he attempted to obtain possession of some land which his father had won in a lottery. He also attempted to practise his profession at Caniden, South Carolina. In both these projects he seems to have been unsuccessful. The war of independence had left much ill feeling except in Philadelphia to which he moved later.

On the 12th April 1788 he sailed for Barbados, where he suffered recurring fevers and finally returned to England about June 1789, with his health broken and little or nothing achieved. His old friends rallied to his assistance and by their influence he obtained a post in Customs as second assistant to the Surveyor of the King's Warehouse in the Port of London from 16 Dec 1791. Again in July 1794, his friends Hardwicke and Abercorn came to his help and he was appointed to a better post as Controller of the Exchequer Bill Pay Office. He still held this post on 25 Aug 1812. In 1796 he resided at Bench Buildings, Inner Temple.

Walter Pollard left a vast corresponence which his friend Philip Yorke, afterwards 3rd Lord Hardwicke, preserved among the Hardwicke MSS., now at the British Museum. These are numbered 35655 and 35656 and cover the period 1771 - 1812.

In his last letter he mentions a daughter "threatened by most fatal consequences" and in his Will he mentions a son Edward and his wife Mary. His will ((Ellenbro' 36) is signed Walter Pollard, Chelsea, Kings Parade, dated 13 Feb 1818 and proved 20 Jan 1819.

Abstract from his will:-"I give to my said wife such of my furniture as she may find convenient, the rest of my effects, my good books, are to be sold except such as may serviceable to my son Edward for his education, and of that money arising from the sale and of whatever I may be worth at my death, one third I leave to my wife and the remainder to my son Edward Pollard." Proved at London by the oath of Mary Pollard, Widow.

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