FORD, Richard (1758-1806), of the Inner Temple.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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27 Feb. 1789 - 1790
1790 - May 1791

Family and Education

b. 1758, 4th s. of Dr. James Ford, physician to Queen Charlotte, of Albemarle Street, London by his w. Anne Hole. educ. ?Westminster 1765-74; L. Inn 1777, called 1782. m. 7 Apr. 1794, Marianne, da. and coh. of Benjamin Booth, director, E.I. Co., of the Adelphi, London, 2s. 1da.  Kntd. 16 Dec. 1801.

Offices Held

Chief magistrate at Bow Street 1800.


In 1789 Ford was returned for East Grinstead by the Duke of Dorset, presumably as a supporter of Pitt. No vote by him appears in this Parliament, but three speeches of his are reported. He commented on the legal aspects of Warren Hastings’s petition, 1 May 1789; on the bill to prevent vexatious removals of the poor, 15 May, opposed a clause which ‘took away the possibility of a settlement’—‘was pleasant on his own profession ... he did not know but he might fall into the situation of a person to become chargeable’;1 his third speech was in the debate on army estimates, 5 Feb. 1790.

He died 3 May 1806, aged 47.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Mary M. Drummond


  • 1. Stockdale, xvii. 235.