PRICE, Richard (1773-1861), of Knighton, Rad.

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

Dates

18 Mar. 1799 - 1847

Family and Education

b. 1773, 1st s. of Richard Price, attorney, of Norton Manor, Knighton by Mary alias Margaret, da. of Charles Humphreys, attorney, of Pennant Hall, Mont. educ. Univ. Coll. Oxf. 17 Nov. 1790, aged 17. unm. suc. fa. 1797.

Offices Held

Sheriff, Rad. 1794-5.

Lt.-col. Rad. vols. 1803, lt.-col. commdt. 1803, (militia) 1808.

Biography

A nephew of Chase Price, who had sat for Radnorshire, Price was ‘brought in by Alderman Harley’, uncle of the patron Edward, 5th Earl of Oxford, for the boroughs seat on a vacancy in 1799. In 1807 it was alleged that

the present Lord Oxford has continued to support him; although Mr Price opposes Lord Oxford’s interest in the county of Radnor, and although Mr Price affects to come in for the borough of Radnor upon his own interest, and independently of the interest of Lord Oxford.1

Opposition to him was spasmodically attempted, but Price became increasingly secure in the seat.

In Parliament, Price was not an active Member and gave an independent and silent support to administration. Ministers were not sure of him in 1804 and 1805, when he was listed ‘doubtful’: he voted against compensation to the Duke of Atholl on 7 June and appeared in the majority for the criminal prosecut