BENYON, Richard II (1770-1854), of Englefield House, Berks. and Gidea Hall, Essex.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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1801 - 1806
1806 - 1812

Family and Education

b. 28 Apr. 1770, 1st s. of Richard Benyon I*. educ. Charterhouse 1785-7; St. John’s, Camb. 1787. m. 27 Sept. 1797, Elizabeth, da. of Sir Francis Sykes, 1st Bt.*, s.p. suc. fa. 1796; took names of Powlett Wrighte before Benyon 18 Aug. 1814; relinquished these and took additional name of De Beauvoir 24 Apr. 1822.

Offices Held

Sheriff, Berks. 1816-17; high steward, Wallingford 1828-44.


Benyon’s landed inheritance made him a wealthy man and by his death he was reckoned to be ‘by far the richest commoner’ in Berkshire. In 1801 he accepted an offer from his wife’s uncle, Lord Galway, made through his father’s friend and patron, Earl Fitzwilliam, of a seat for Pontefract at the next election. A threat of opposition almost frightened him off, but it came to nothing and he was returned unopposed in 1802.