RICHARDS, George (d.1746), of Long Bredy, nr. Bridport, Dorset.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1741 - 25 Nov. 1746

Family and Education

o.s. of George Richards of Long Bredy by his w. Anne Parker. m. (settlement 11 Nov. 1737) Eleanor, da. of Thomas Brodrepp of Melplash, nr. Bridport, 2s. suc. fa. 1724.

Offices Held


George Richards was the son of a Spanish merchant who had bought Long Bredy from the Hurdings and was sheriff of Dorset in 1710. His succession to the manor was unsuccessfully challenged in 1726 by relations, who, having abstracted the page recording his father’s marriage from the Litton Cheney register, asserted his illegitimacy.1 In January 1740 his father-in-law and the Earl of Coventry signed indentures for constru