EDGCUMBE, Hon. Richard (1764-1839).

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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13 Feb. 1786 - 1790
1790 - Mar. 1791
7 Mar. 1791 - 4 Feb. 1795

Family and Education

b. 13 Sept. 1764, o.s. of George, 3rd Baron Edgcumbe. educ. Harrow 1774-80; Ch. Ch. Oxf. 1781; Grand Tour (France, Germany, Italy) 1783-5.1 m. 21 Feb. 1789, Lady Sophia Hobart, da. and coh. of John, 2nd Earl of Buckinghamshire, 3s. 2da. styled Visct. Valletort from 31 Aug. 1789; suc. fa. as 2nd Earl of Mount Edgcumbe 4 Feb. 1795.

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Edgcumbe was returned for Fowey on the family interest as a Government supporter; voted, however, against Richmond’s fortifications plan, 27 Feb. 1786; but with Pitt during the Regency crisis, 1788-9. According to Mrs. Boscawen, widow of the admiral, he attended the House ‘most assiduously’.2 At the opening of the session, 21 Jan. 1790, Valletort moved the Address, this being his only recorded speech in his first Parliament.

He died 26 Sept. 1839.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Sir Lewis Namier


  • 1. See his Musical Reminiscences (1824).
  • 2. To Mrs. Delany, ?July 1786, Autobiog. Corresp. vi. 376.