BENYON, Richard (1746-96), of Gidea Hall, Essex

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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16 Feb. 1774 - 22 Aug. 1796

Family and Education

b. 28 June 1746, o.s. of Richard Benyon, gov. of Fort St. George, by his 3rd w. Mary, da. of Francis Tyssen of Hackney, wid. of Powlett Wrighte of Englefield, Berks. educ. Eton 1759-62. m. 3 Sept. 1767, Hannah, da. of Sir Edward Hulse, 1st Bt., 3s. 3da. suc. fa. 27 Sept. 1774.

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Benyon was a friend and contemporary at Eton of Lord Fitzwilliam, was returned on his interest at Peterborough, and followed him in politics. ‘A well-meaning honest man’, wrote the Public Ledger in 1779. He opposed North, supported the Coalition, and opposed Pitt. There is no record of his having spoken in the House.

He died 22 Aug. 1796, leaving estates in Essex and Berkshire worth £8000 p.a.1

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: John Brooke


  • 1. Gent. Mag. 1797, p. 791.