COFFIN, Richard (1684-1766), of Portledge, nr. Bideford, Devon.

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

Family and Education

bap. 23 July 1684, 4th but o. surv. s. of Richard Coffin of Portledge by his 3rd w. Anne, da. of Edmund Prideaux of Padstow, Cornw. unm. suc. e. bro. 1703.

Offices Held


Coffin, whose family had been seated at Portledge since the fifteenth century,1 was classed as a Whig in 1715, voting against the septennial bill, for the repeal of the Occasional Conformity and Schism Acts, and against the peerage bill. After contesting Barnstaple unsuccessfully in 1722, he was returned for it unopposed in 1727 on the interest of his friend John Rolle, continuing to vote against the Administration. He did not stand again. He died late in 1766 (buried 3 Dec.).2

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Shirley Matthews


  • 1. Vivian, Vis. Devon, 208-10; Cal. IPM Hen. VII, i. 93.
  • 2. PCC 33 Isham.