WESTON, Richard (c.1620-81), of Gray's Inn and Little Cattall, Yorks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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13 Apr. - 16 July 1660

Family and Education

b. c.1620, 1st s. of Edward Weston of Hackney, Mdx. by his w. Mary. educ. Corpus, Camb. 1639, Jesus 1641; G. Inn 1642, called 1649. m. 30 June 1657, Frances, da. of Sir George Marwood, 1st Bt., of Little Busby, Yorks. suc. fa. 1645; kntd. 27 Feb. 1679.1

Offices Held

J.p. liberty of Cawood 1664-d., Yorks. (W. Riding) 1671-d.; bencher, G. Inn 1673, reader 1676; commr. for assessment (W. Riding) 1673-80, recusants 1675; recorder, Beverley 1675-8.2

Serjeant-at-law 1677-9, King’s serjeant 1679-80; baron of the Exchequer 7 Feb. 1680-d.


Weston seems to have been descended from a Sussex family, but an uncle was sheriff of Radnorshire in 1616-17 and his father owned land there, which may, when he became a barrister, have given him a useful professional connexion on the Welsh borders. At the general election of 1660 he seems to have joined forces with James Pytts at Weobley in denying the poll to Herbert Perrott. He may also have been an unsuccessful candidate for Midhurst. He was a moderately active Member of the Convention, being named to eight committees, of which the most important were for the indemnity bill and the confirmation of parliamentary privileges. He also served on three committees where his professional experience would have been valuable: to amend the declaration postponing Easter Term, to examine Thurloe and to continue judicial proceedings. Three of his speeches are recorded; on 6 July he supported the committal of the bill for the religious settlement, which suggests Anglican sympathies. Ten days later the House declared the Weobley election void, and so far as is known Weston never stood again.3

Weston’s marriage linked him with the Yorkshire gentry, though at the visitation of 1664 he still had no other address than Gray’s Inn. He probably leased or purchased Little Cattall on the dea