HOPKINS, Sir Richard (d.1736), of St. Botolph's, Bishopsgate, London.
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b. aft. 1676, s. of Richard Hopkins of St. Botolph’s by Rose, da. of George Sherard of Bushby, Leics.1 m. Ann, da. of William Lethieullier, London merchant, s.p. Kntd. 26 July 1722.
Director, R. Exchange Assurance 1720, S. Sea Co. 1721-d., sub-gov. S. Sea. Co. 1733-d., gov. London Assurance; Cutlers’ Co., transferred to Fishmongers’ 1730, prime warden, Fishmongers’ Co. 1730-2; sheriff, London 1723-4, alderman 1724.
Hopkins, a Turkey merchant,2 stood as a Whig in the fiercely contested sheriffs’ election of 1723.3 Returned for London at a by-election in 1724, he was unsuccessful in 1727. He died 2 Jan. 1736, the senior alderman below the chair, said to be worth £100,000.4