RYDER, Martin (c.1645-1723), of the Middle Temple

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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1698 - Nov. 1701

Family and Education

b. c.1645, 1st s. of John Ryder of Bickleigh, Devon.  educ. Exeter, Oxf. matric. 17 July 1663, aged 17; M. Temple 1663, called 1671, bencher 1692, reader 1693, treasurer 1703.  m. 2s.

Offices Held

Recorder, Dartmouth by 1678; common councilman, Plymouth 1696.1


A Dissenter and a successful lawyer, Ryder had contemplated standing in August 1679 for Dartmouth, where he held the recordership, but did not put his candidacy to the test of a poll. In 1687 electoral agents for James II reported that he would be an acceptable candidate for this seat, suggesting also that he should be made a j.p. for Devon. Ryder was eventually returned for Plympton Erle in 1698, on the interest of his cousin Sir George Treby*. He was listed as a member of the Court party in the new Parliament, and in early 1700 was noted as a supporter of Treby and Lord Somers (Sir John*). The death of his electoral patron shortly before the first 1701 election did not result in his losing his seat, but he stood down at the second election of that year. In 1707 he was was one of the Whigs added to the Devon commission of the peace by Lord Cowper (William*). Ryder died on 7 Sept. 1723.2

Ref Volumes: 1690-1715

Author: Eveline Cruickshanks


  • 1. CSP Dom. 1678, p. 180; 1696, p. 424.
  • 2. Herts. RO, Panshanger mss D/EP F152, f. 3; Hist. Reg. Chron. 1723, p. 39.