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Family and estate collection of Buller of Downes, Crediton
The Devon branch of this family was established following the marriage in 1739 of James Buller of Morval, Downes, and Shillingham, MP for Cornwall, to Elizabeth daughter of William Gould of Downes. James Buller (1766-1827) was MP for Exeter, and his son James Wentworth (1798-1865) was MP for Exeter and subsequently for the Northern Division of Devon. The family and the records culminated in the career of Sir Redvers Henry Buller (1839-1908), including his term of office as Under Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, as well as his military exploits in the China War, 1860, the Red River Expedition, 1870, the Ashanti War, 1873-4, the South African War, 1878-9, the Egyptian Expedition, 1882-4, the Sudan Expedition, 1884-5, and the Boer War, 1899-1900. 20th century records reflect the lives of Mowbray Buller and Dame Georgiana, daughter of Sir Redvers. The family played an active role in the political life of their county, in the parishes of Crediton and St Thomas, and in the Bristol and Exeter Railway. The Bullers were related by marriage at one time or another to the Howards, Earls of Suffolk, the Howard-Molyneux-Howards, Dukes of Norfolk, the Wallops, Earls of Portsmouth, and the Watneys (the brewers), and their correspondence reflects the social milieu in which they moved. Several members of the family had distinguished careers, including Ernest Wentworth Buller (born 1841), who was a noted engineer and mathematician.
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