LYSTER, Richard (?1692-1766), of Rowton Castle, Salop.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1722 - 9 Apr. 1723
1727 - 1734
11 Dec. 1740 - 13 Apr. 1766

Family and Education

b. ?1692, 1st s. of Thomas Lyster of Rowton Castle by Elizabeth, da. of Dr. William Beaw, bp. of Llandaff. educ. Shrewsbury; Ch. Ch. Oxf. 3 July 1708, aged 16; I. Temple 1708. m. Anne, da. of Robert Pigot of Chetwynd, Salop, 2s. 2da., all d.v.p. suc. fa. 1702.

Offices Held


A strong Tory and reputed Jacobite, Lyster was unseated for Shrewsbury on a party vote in 1723. On being called to order for a discourtesy to the House, he said: ‘When you learn justice, I will learn manners’; but when it was proposed to bring him to the bar of the House Robert Walpole said ‘Let him go, he has been hardly enough used’.1 He was successful in 1727, but was defeated in 1734, after being the only Member to say ‘No’ to the motion for a grant to the Princess Royal on her marriage in 1733.2 In 1740 he was returned unopposed for the county, the first Lyster to represent it although the family had been seated at Rowton since the end of the fifteenth century. Every known vote given by him in the House before 1754, was against the Government. He died 13 Apr. 1766.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: J. B. Lawson


  • 1. J. B. Blakeway, Sheriffs of Shropshire, 144-5.
  • 2. HMC Egmont Diary, i. 371-2.