Richard Liddell

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Richard Liddell (c. 1694 – 22 June 1746) was an Irish MP and Chief Secretary for Ireland.

He was born the eldest son of Dennis Lyddell of Wakehurst Place, Sussex, one of the Commissioners of the Royal Navy and briefly the MP for Harwich. Richard was educated at Christ Church, Oxford, studied law at the Inner Temple and succeeded his father in 1717.[1] He was a profligate rake and was obliged to make over his inheritance to his younger brother Charles following court judgements against him for adultery.

In 1741 he was elected MP for Bossiney but unseated on petition after a few months. He was, however, reseated on further petition, sitting until his death in 1746.[1]

In 1745 he was made a Privy Counsellor in Ireland and appointed Chief Secretary for Ireland, a position he held until his death. He was also MP for Jamestown in the Parliament of Ireland from 1745 until his death.[2]

He died unmarried.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "LIDDELL, Richard (?1694-1746), of Wakehurst Place, Suss". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Biographies of Members of the Irish Parliament 1692-1800". Ulster Historical Foundation. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
Political offices
Preceded by
Viscount Duncannon
Chief Secretary for Ireland
1745–1746
Succeeded by
Sewallis Shirley
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
The Viscount Palmerston
Peregrine Poulett
Member of Parliament for Bossiney
1741–1741
With: Thomas Foster
Succeeded by
John Sabine
Christopher Tower
Preceded by
John Sabine
Christopher Tower
Member of Parliament for Bossiney
1742–1746
With: Thomas Foster
Succeeded by
Thomas Foster
William Breton
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Robert French
Gilbert King
Member of Parliament for Jamestown
1745–1746
With: Gilbert King
Succeeded by
Gilbert King
John Gore