FLEMING, Richard (c.1682-1740), of N. Stoneham, nr. Southampton

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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1710 - 1722

Family and Education

b. c.1682, 2nd s. of Edward Fleming† of N. Stoneham by Margaret, da. of Thomas Bland.  educ. L. Inn 1701.  m. 1714 (with £10,000), Anne, da. of Sir Ambrose Crowley*, s.psuc. bro. Thomas 1708.1

Offices Held

Freeman, Southampton 1709.2


Fleming’s family had connexions with the town of Southampton dating back to the late 16th century, and his father had represented the borough briefly in the 1689 Convention before losing his seat on petition. Fleming himself, as a younger son, was initially intended for the law, but on the death of his elder brother inherited the family estates in Hampshire and in 1710 was returned for Southampton. A member of the October Club, he was included in 1711 on the list of ‘worthy patriots’ who detected the mismanagements of the previous administration. However, he appears to have been an inactive Member. On 21 Mar. 1712 he was given leave of absence for three weeks, but voted for the French commerce bill on 18 June 1713. Re-elected for Southampton in 1713, he was classed as a Tory in the Worsley list and on two separate lists which compared the 1715 Parliament with its predecessor. Fleming died on 4 Aug. 1740, aged 58.3

Ref Volumes: 1690-1715

Authors: Paula Watson / Ivar McGrath


  • 1. Berry, Hants Gen. 126; Top. and Gen. iii. 510.
  • 2. Southampton RO, SC3/1/2, f. 43.
  • 3. VCH Hants, iii. 479; Boyer, Anne Annals, iii. 119; Gent. Mag. 1740, p. 413.