NORMAN, Richard (?1757-1847), of Melton Mowbray, Leics.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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27 Feb. 1804 - 1806

Family and Education

b. ?1757, ?s. of John Norman of Oadby by w. Sara née Ward.1 m. (1) 17 Dec. 1783, Miss Gregg, 2da.; (2) 21 Aug. 1798, Lady Elizabeth Isabella Manners, da. of Charles Manners, 4th Duke of Rutland, 8s. 5da.

Offices Held

Sheriff, Leics. 1811-12.

Capt. Melton Mowbray vols. 1801, 1803.


Norman, a Leicestershire squire, was not considered by the dowager duchess of Beaufort a suitable husband for her granddaughter, which led to a quarrel between the bride and her mother; but it was made up eight months later on the old lady’s death, Queen Charlotte reporting, 24 Apr. 1799, ‘Lady Elizabeth and Mr Norman are both ... at Belvoir and very happy’.2 In 1804 Norman’s brother-in-law the 5th Duke brought him into Parliament to fill a vacancy at Bramber.

Listed a supporter of Pitt’s second ministry in September 1804, he was again thus classified in July 1805, despite his vote for the criminal prosecution of Melville on 12 June. On 30 Apr. 1806 he voted against the repeal of Pitt’s Additional Force Act. No speech in the House is known. He did not seek re-election. In November 1808 he ‘contrived to break several of his front teeth on the edge of a marble chimney piece’.3 Norman died 31 Jan. 1847, ‘aged 89’.4

Ref Volumes: 1790-1820

Author: M. H. Port


  • 1. Boyd’s Mar. Index, Soc. of Genealogists.
  • 2. Prince of Wales Corresp. iv. 1444, 1448.
  • 3. HMC Fortescue, ix. 241.
  • 4. Gent. Mag. (1847), i. 331.