Richard Pilkington (1841–1908)
He was the second son of Richard Pilkington of Windle Hall near St Helens, Lancashire. In 1858/9 he became a partner in the family glassworks. In 1863 he married Louisa Sinclair. He became a member of St Helens Borough Council, being elected mayor in 1896, 1897 and 1898. By this time he held the rank of lieutenant-colonel, in the Volunteer Force, commanding a battalion of the South Lancashire Regiment and was living at Rainford Hall. In December 1898 he was selected as the Conservative candidate for a by-election in the Newton constituency. He had previously been considered a Liberal Unionist. As the only candidate nominated he was elected unopposed on 16 January 1899.
Richard Pilkington died on 12 March 1908, aged 67. A condition in his will forbade the inheritors of his estate from permitting the construction or use of any building for the sale of intoxicating liquor.
- Barker, Theo (September 2004). "Richard Pilkington (1841 - 1908)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 1 September 2008.
- Election of Mayors, The Times, 10 November 1897 p.10 and 10 November 1898, p.10
- Election Intelligence, The Times, 26 December 1898, p.4
- Election Intelligence: Lancashire (Newton Division), The Times, 17 January 1899; p. 10
- The New Parliament, The Times, 6 October 1900, p. 13
- The General Election, The Times, 24 January 1906, p.10
- Colonel R. Pilkington's Estate, The Times, 12 August 1908, p. 11
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Richard Pilkington
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