MYDDELTON, Richard (1726-95), of Chirk Castle, Denb.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1747 - May 1788

Family and Education

b. 26 Mar. 1726, 1st s. of John Myddelton. educ. Eton 1739-43;1 St. John’s, Oxf. 1744. m. (1) 14 Mar. 1761, Elizabeth (d. 7 Nov. 1772), da. of Sir John Rushout, 4th Bt., of Northwick Park, Worcs., 1s. 3da.; (2) 1778, Mary Lloyd (d. 14 Mar. 1788), 1da.; (3) Euphemia Crawford of Pall Mall, s.p. suc. fa. 1747.

Offices Held

Ld. lt. Denb. 1748-d., custos. rot. 1749-d.; steward of the lordship of Denbigh 1748-d., of Bromfield and Yale 1749-d.; recorder, Denbigh 1749-d.


Richard Myddelton was barely 21 when he succeeded his father but Henry Pelham gave him the most important offices in Denbighshire, pressing him to take the opportunity of Sir Watkin Williams Wynn’s death

to push for the county, and then you may bring in ... any good man you think proper for the town of Denbigh. A minority, the divisions and distresses of the Williams family, will probably open a door for your easy entrance.2

Myddelton, whose only ambition was an English peerage, preferred to leave the county to Sir Lynch Salusbury Cotton and to hold the boroughs uncontested. Though his applications for a peerage were unsuccessful,3 he steadily adhered to Newcastle, who treated him as one of Lord Powis’s group. During his last twenty years in the House he hardly ever attended.

He died 2 Apr. 1795.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Peter D.G. Thomas


  • 1. W. M. Myddelton, Chirk Castle Accounts, 467, 503.
  • 2. NLW Chirk Castle mss E. 613.
  • 3. Add. 32995, f. 260; 32917, ff. 387-8.