BULKELEY, Hon. Richard (c.1658-1704), of Baron Hill, Anglesey
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Family and Education
b. c.1658, 1st s. of Robert Bulkeley, 2nd Visct. Bulkeley of Cashel [I]. educ. travelled abroad (France, Italy) 1675-7. m. (1) 23 May 1681, Mary, da. of Sir Philip Egerton of Oulton, Cheshire, 1s.; (2) 1 Mar. 1688, Elizabeth, da. of Henry White of Henllan, Pemb., wid. of Thomas Lort of Stackpole, Pemb., s.p. suc. fa. as 3rd Visct. 18 Oct. 1688.1
Commr. for assessment, Anglesey and Caern. 1679-80, Anglesey, Caern. and Pemb. 1689-90; j.p. Caern. 1679-Apr. 1688, Oct. 1688-d., Anglesey 1690-d., dep. lt. Caern. 1679-Feb. 1688, Caern. and Anglesey 1689-?d.; custos rot. Caern. 1679-Apr. 1688, Anglesey 1690-d.; capt. of militia horse, Anglesey by 1684-?Feb. 1688, chancellor and chamberlain of Anglesey, Caern. and Merion. 1689-d.; mayor, Beaumaris 1689-90; constable, Beaumaris castle 1689-1702; v.-adm. N. Wales 1701-2.2
Bulkeley entered Parliament for the family borough of Beaumaris as soon as he was of age, but probably took no active part, though he was marked as a court supporter on Huntingdon’s list, and voted against exclusion. He sat for the county in the second and third Exclusion Parliaments, but left no trace on their records, and gave way to his father in 1685. In 1688 he told the lord president that he was ‘at present in judgment against’ the repeal of the Penal Laws and the Tests; ‘but says he knows not how it may be altered by the debate in the House if chosen a Member’; nor could he promise to assist the election of candidates pledged to repeal. He allowed his uncle Thomas to sit for Anglesey in 1689, while supporting William Williams at Beaumaris. Although he soon rallied to the new regime and was restored to local office, he voted consistently with the country party until his death on 9 Aug. 1704, aged 46. He was buried at Beaumaris. His son succeeded to the seat.3
Ref Volumes: 1660-1690
Author: A. M. Mimardière
- 1. J. E. Griffith, Peds. Anglesey and Caern. Fams. 42; Ormerod, Cheshire, ii. 222; CSP Dom. 1675-6 p. 4; Stowe 745, ff. 129, 139.
- 2. T. Dingley, Beaufort’s Progress, 127-8; CSP Dom. 1689-90, pp. 67, 68, 471; Cal. Treas. Bks. viii. 2109; ix. 107; xvii. 232; HMC Finch, ii. 259; Ind. 24557.
- 3. CSP Dom. 1689-90, p. 34; Luttrell, v. 462.