Walker King

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Walker King
Bishop of Rochester
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Rochester
Elected 1809
Term ended 1827 (death)
Predecessor Thomas Dampier
Successor Hugh Percy
Consecration c. 1809
Personal details
Born 1751
Died 22 February 1827(1827-02-22)
Denomination Anglican
Parents Revd James King & Anne Walker
Spouse Sarah Dawson
Children Ven 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 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
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Thomas Dampier
Bishop of Rochester
Succeeded by
Hugh Percy