LEWIS, Richard (c.1627-1706), of Edington Priory, Wilts. and The Van, Glam.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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Mar. 1679
Oct. 1679 - 26 Nov. 1680
Feb. 1701

Family and Education

b. c.1627, 3rd s. of Sir Edward Lewis of Edington Priory and The Van by Lady Anne Sackville, da. of Robert Sackville, 2nd Earl of Dorset, wid. of Edward, Lord Beauchamp; bro. of William Lewis. m. Mary, da. and h. of Giles James of Sherston, Wilts., 3s. (2 d.v.p.) 2da. suc. nephew Edward Lewis in Glam. estate 1674.1

Offices Held

Commr. for assessment, Wilts. Jan. 1660-80, Mon. and Glam. 1677-80, Mon., Wilts. and Glam. 1689-90, militia, Wilts. Mar. 1660; j.p. Wilts. July 1660-June 1688, Oct. 1688-96, Glam. ?1674-82, 1685-96, Glam. and Wilts. 1700-d., lt.-col. of militia ft. Wilts. 1661, col. 1681, commr. for corporations 1662-3, dep. lt. 1668-June 1688, Oct. 1688-96, by 1701-?d., sheriff 1681-2, freeman, Devizes ?1684-7; commr. for rebels’ estates, Wilts. 1686.2


Lewis represented Westbury, four miles from Edington, in every Parliament except one from the Restoration till the death of William III. In the Convention he served on a committee for a private bill, and perhaps three others. His mother lived with him until her death in 1664, and Lord Wharton marked him as a stronger Anglican than his brother, presumably having regard to the influence of her Seymour kinsfolk. He was again inactive in the Cavalier Parliament, serving on 50 committees at the most. He was appointed to the committee for the London to Bristol canal in 1662, and took part in the consideration of defects in the Corporations Act in 1663. On 24 Nov. 1666 he acted as teller for the unsuccessful motion to name the mayor of Cambridge in the plague bill before the vice-chancellor of the University. After succeeding to the family estate, he was reckoned to enjoy an income of £1,400 p.a. He was appointed to two important committees in November 1675, those for the recall of British subjects in French service and hindering the growth of Popery. He was considered a court supporter by Sir Richard Wiseman and marked ‘doubly vile’ by Shaftesbury. In 1677 he was named to the committee for the education of children of the royal family as Protestants. His name does not appear on either list of the court party in 1678, but Shaftesbury considered him ‘vile’ at the general election. He probably sat on no committees in the first Exclusion Parliament, but voted against the bill. With Thomas Lambert and