House & Family History: In 1769 the famous Edmund Burke (1729-97) purchased Gregories, an early 18th century rectangular building of two stories with an open parapet and pedimented front that he renamed Butler's Court. Burke was an Anglo-Irish statesman, author, MP, orator, and political philosopher. He purchased the small 600-acre estate with mostly borrowed money and consequently it never ceased to be a financial burden on him in the following years. The House burned down in 1813, though Gregory's Farm House was left standing.
Collections: During Burke's ownership Gregories was noted for its art collection, which included works by Titian, among other artists.
Vitruvius Britannicus: C. II, pl. 47, 1717.
John Bernard (J.B.) Burke, published under the title of A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, among other titles: Vol. I, p. 48, 1852.
Title: Buildings of England: Buckinghamshire, The
Author: Pevsner, Nikolaus; Williamson, Elizabeth
Year Published: 1994
Reference: pg. 361
Publisher: London: Penguin Books
Book Type: Hardback
House Listed: Demolished
Park Listed: Destroyed
Past Seat / Home of: Waller family. Edmund Burke, 18th century.
Current Ownership Type: Demolished
Primary Current Ownership Use: Demolished
House Open to Public: No
Historic Houses Member: No