Sir Walter Calverley Blackett was born on December 18th 1707, the son of
Sir Walter Calverley and Lady Julia Calverley
In 1729 he made a controversial marriage
to Elizabeth Ord who was the illegitimate daughter of his uncle Sir William
Blackett (his mother's brother).
This was not a happy choice from his parent's
point of view, Sir William had been involved with Jacobite sympathisers, a
connection which cost Sir Walter Calverley his position as Lord Lieutenant of
the County, he was not reinstated into the position for 14 years.
Sir William had no legitimate heirs and promised young Sir Walter
that he would inherit the family estates including Wallington Hall if he married
Elizabeth Ord and added Blackett to his surname.
The couple spent most of their time at Wallington Hall, Esholt being
regarded as a minor second home.
Their only child was a daughter Elizabeth who
died aged 17.
In 1755 the Esholt estate was sold to Robert Stansfield.
Sir Walter died in 1777 aged 70, the Wallington estate was inherited by
John Trevelyan, the son of Sir Walter Calverley Blackett's sister Julia.