James Buller (17 June 1717 – 30 April 1765) of Morval in Cornwall and of Downes and King's Nympton in Devon, was a Member of Parliament for East Looe in Cornwall (1741-7) and for the County of Cornwall (1748-1765). He was ancestor of the Viscounts Dilhorne and the Barons Churston and built the Palladian mansion Kings Nympton Park in Devon.
He was the eldest son of John Francis Buller (1695-1751), MP for Saltash 1718-1722, of Morval, Cornwall by his wife Rebecca Trelawney (d.1743), daughter and co-heiress of Sir Jonathan Trelawny, 3rd Baronet, Bishop of Winchester. His younger brothers were the politicians John Buller (1721–1786), MP and Lord of the Admiralty, Francis Buller (1723-1764), MP, and William Buller (1735-1796), Bishop of Exeter.
Marriages and children
Buller married twice:
- Firstly on 19 November 1739, to Elizabeth Gould (d.1742), daughter and co-heir of William Gould of Downes near Crediton, Devon, (which thenceforth became the principal Buller seat) and had by her a son:
- Secondly in 1744 to Lady Jane Bathurst (d.1794), second (or third.)daughter of Allen Bathurst, 1st Earl Bathurst. Between 1746–9 he built for her Kings Nympton Park in Devon. By his second wife, he had three sons and three daughters including:
- John Buller (1744-1790) (eldest son), of Morval, MP for Exeter 1768-74, Launceston 1774-80, West Looe 1780-2, a Lord of the Treasury. He inherited the estate of Morval from his father.
- Sir Francis Buller, 1st Baronet (3rd son) was a judge and was created a baronet in 1790 and was the ancestor of Baron Churston.
- Mary Buller, 3rd daughter, wife of James II Templer (1748-1813) of Stover House, Teigngrace, Devon.
Buller died in 1765.
- Burke's Landed Gentry, 1937, p.279, Buller of Downes
- Pevsner & Cherry, Buildings of England: Devon, London, 2004, p.522
- Sir Lewis Namier & John Brooke, ed. (1985). The House of Commons, 1754-1790. vol. I. Cambridge: Secker & Warburg. p. 132.
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- Burke, John (1847). John Bernhard Burke (ed.). Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry. vol. I. London: Henry Colburn. p. 157.
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