POTENGER, Richard (?1690-1739), of Reading and Compton, Berks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1727 - 26 Nov. 1739

Family and Education

b. ?1690, 1st s. of Nicholas Potenger of Pangbourne, Berks. and the Inner Temple. educ. I. Temple 1704, called 1711; Trinity, Oxf. 20 Oct. 1705, aged 15. m. Apr. 1714, Anne Mason, 1s.

Offices Held

Recorder, Reading 1720-d.; 2nd justice, Chester 1735-d.


The Potenger family, originally of Burghfield, near Reading, acquired in the seventeenth century the manor of Maidenhatch, in Pangbourne, and lands in Compton, to which Richard Potenger, a lawyer, eventually succeeded.1 As recorder of the borough, he was successful at Reading in 1727 and 1734 against a Tory. Re-elected without a contest in 1735 on appointment as a Welsh judge, he voted with the Administration on the Hessians in 1730 and the army in 1732, but against the excise bill in 1733. He died 26 Nov. 1739.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: R. S. Lea


  • 1. VCH Berks. iii. 305; iv. 18.