Walker King

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Walker King
Bishop of Rochester
Portrait of Walker King, D.D., Bishop of Rochester LACMA M.76.77.2.jpg
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Rochester
Term ended1827 (death)
Predecessor Thomas Dampier
Successor Hugh Percy
Consecrationc. 1809
Personal details
Died(1827-02-22)22 February 1827
Denomination Anglican
ParentsRevd James King & Anne Walker
SpouseSarah Dawson
ChildrenVen Walker King, Archdeacon of Rochester
Profession Academic; editor
Alma mater Brasenose College, Oxford

Walker King (1751 – 22 February 1827) was an English churchman and man of letters, bishop of Rochester from 1809, and, together with French Laurence, co-editor of the works of Edmund Burke.



King was the son of the Reverend James King of Clitheroe, Lancashire, and Anne, daughter of John Walker, of Underhill. James King was his elder brother; his father later became Dean of Raphoe. [1] He was educated at Sedbergh School and later matriculated at Brasenose College, Oxford on 20 February 1768, aged 16. King migrated to Corpus Christi College, Oxford, graduating B.A. in 1771, M.A. in 1775, B.D. and D.D. in 1788. He became a Fellow of Corpus Christi.

In his clerical career, he was prebendary of Peterborough, 1794, canon of Wells, 1796, prebendary of Canterbury, 1803, and prebendary of Westminster, 1827. He was Bishop of Rochester from 1809. He died on 22 February 1827.


King served as the main editor for the later volumes of Burke's Works. [2] The edition he prepared with Laurence was in eight volumes, appearing 1792 to 1827. [3]


King married Sarah, daughter of Edward Dawson. His son the Ven Walker King was archdeacon of Rochester and father of Edward King. Walker's great-grandson, Reverend Robert Stuart King, once played football for the English national side.

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  1. Dictionary of National Biography , article on James King the son.
  2. Paul Langford et al. (editors), The Writings and Speeches of Edmund Burke, vol. 6 (1991), p. 265.
  3. http://www.pgil-eirdata.org/html/pgil_datasets/authors/b/Burke,Edmund/life.htm
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