John Maunsell Richardson
|Full name||John Maunsell Richardson|
12 June 1846|
Great Limber, Caistor, Lincolnshire, England
|Died||22 January 1912
Westminster, London, England
|Bowling style||Right arm slow (roundarm)|
|Domestic team information|
|1866||Gentlemen of England|
Source: Cricinfo, 4 June 2009
John Maunsell Richardson JP DL (Great Limber, Caistor, Lincolnshire 12 June 1846 – Westminster, London, 22 January 1912), known to his friends as the "Cat", was a cricketer who played First-class cricket for Cambridge University, Member of Parliament and a steeplechase jockey who won two Grand Nationals as a rider in the 1870s.
Maunsell Richardson played alongside future England Cricket and Rugby Union captain A.N. Hornby for Harrow in both the 1864 and 1865 Eton v Harrow cricket matches, contributing 29 and 24 in innings victories over Eton.
Richardson played for Cambridge University in 3 successive University Matches against Oxford University from 1866 to 1868. In 1866, Richardson contributed 8 and 6 in a 12 run defeat, 3 and 8 in a 5 wicket victory in 1867 and 3 and 14 in a 168 run victory in 1868.
Richardson was one of the great gentleman riders of his day having 56 winners in 1872, in addition he trained race horses at his Limber Magna stables. He won the 1873 and 1874 Grand Nationals riding horses he had trained being Disturbance and Reugny. Both were owned by James Octavius Machell with whom he fell out when Machell tried to manipulated the betting for the 1874 race. Richardson was so offended at the proposal made to him and disgusted with the sordid nature of the whole business that he made up his mind that, win or lose, his race on Reugny should be his last.
Member of Parliament
In 1881, Richardson married Victoria Alexandrina (née Hare), the Countess of Yarborough and widow of his friend Charles Anderson-Pelham, 3rd Earl of Yarborough, who had died six years earlier. His wife, though legally Victoria Richardson, continued to be known as Victoria, Countess of Yarborough.
They had one son, John Richardson.
- bbc.co.uk – Grand National facts
- "Richardson, John Maunsell (RCRT865JM)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
- Cricket Archive – Eton v Harrow in 1864
- Cricket Archive – Eton v Harrow in 1865
- Cricket Archive – Oxford University v Gentlemen of England in 1866
- Cricket Archive – Oxford University v Cambridge University in 1866
- Cricket Archive – Oxford University v Cambridge University in 1867
- Cricket Archive – Oxford University v Cambridge University in 1868
- Cricket Archive – Marylebone Cricket Club v Nottinghamshire in 1874
- Richardson, John Maunsell (1909). Gentlemen Riders Past & Present. London: Vinton & Company. p. 237.
- Shona McIssac MP Archived 3 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
- Richardson, Mary E. (1919). The Life of a Great Sportsman. London: Vinton & company.
- Wisden Obituary
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by John Maunsell Richardson
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