THOMPSON, Richard (d.c.1735), of Coley, Reading, Berks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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15 Mar. 1720 - 1722
1727 - 1734

Family and Education

s. of William Thompson by his w. Elizabeth. m. Jane Nicoll,1 3da.

Offices Held

Col. in the Jamaica militia; member of the Jamaica assembly; member of the council of Jamaica 1704-11; sheriff, Berks. 1719-20.


Richard Thompson, a Jamaica merchant, was said to be the grandson of Sir Samuel Thompson of Bradfield, Berks., sheriff of London in 1688 and kinsman of the 1st Lord Haversham.2 Having bought the manors of Whitley and Coley on the outskirts of Reading,3 he informed the board of Trade in February 1711 that he did not intend to return to Jamaica, where he was replaced on the local council.4 While serving as sheriff for the county he was returned as a Whig for Reading at an unexpected contested by-election in March 1720. Later in that year he was one of the eight patentees of the Royal Mining Company, formed to develop gold and silver mines in Jamaica, who invested their subscribers’ funds in the South Sea Company and went into liquidation. Defeated at Reading in 1722, but successful in 1727, he voted for the Administration on the army in 1732 and the excise bill in 1733. He did not stand in 1734 and was apparently dead by Michaelmas 1736.5

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: R. S. Lea


  • 1. Her admon., PCC 14 May 1728.
  • 2. Constance, Lady Russell, Swallowfield and its Owners, 233; Le Neve, Knights (Harl. Soc. viii), 45.
  • 3. VCH Berks. iii. 364-5, 367.
  • 4. APC Col. 1680-1720, p. 812; CSP Col. 1710-11, pp. 363-4.
  • 5. R. M. Howard, Longs of Jamaica, i. 68-70, 72-73.