Nicholas Ridley-Colborne, 1st Baron Colborne

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Nicholas William Ridley-Colborne, 1st Baron Colborne (14 April 1779 – 3 May 1854) was a British politician.


Born Nicholas Ridley, he was the younger son of Sir Matthew White Ridley, 2nd Baronet, and Mary (d. 1806), daughter of Benjamin Colborne (see Viscount Ridley for earlier history of the family). In 1803 he assumed by Royal licence the additional surname of Colborne.[1]

Political career[edit]

Ridley-Colborne sat as Member of Parliament for Bletchingley from 1805 to 1806, for Malmesbury from 1806 to 1807, for Appleby from 1807 to 1812, for Thetford from 1818 to 1826, for Horsham from 1827 to 1832 and for Wells from 1834 to 1837.[2] In 1839 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Colborne, of West Harling in the County of Norfolk.[3]


Lord Colborne married Charlotte, daughter of Sir Thomas Steele, in 1808. They had several daughters. He died in May 1854, aged 75. As he had no sons the barony became extinct. Lady Colborne died in February 1855.[1]


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Milnes
John Benn-Walsh
Member of Parliament for Bletchingley
With: John Benn-Walsh
Succeeded by
Josias du Pre Porcher
William Kenrick
Preceded by
Claude Scott
Samuel Scott
Member of Parliament for Malmesbury
With: Robert Ladbroke
Succeeded by
Sir George Bowyer, Bt
Philip Gell
Preceded by
Viscount Howick
James Ramsay Cuthbert
Member of Parliament for Appleby
With: James Ramsay Cuthbert
Succeeded by
John Courtenay
James Lowther
Preceded by
Thomas Creevey
Lord John FitzRoy
Member of Parliament for Thetford
With: Lord Charles FitzRoy
Succeeded by
Lord Charles FitzRoy
Bingham Baring
Preceded by
Robert Hurst
Hon. Henry Fox
Member of Parliament for Horsham
With: Robert Hurst 1827–1829
The Earl of Surrey 1829–1832
Succeeded by
Robert Henry Hurst
(representation reduced to one member 1832)
Preceded by
John Lee Lee
Norman Lamont
Member of Parliament for Wells
With: John Lee Lee
Succeeded by
Richard Blakemore
Sir William Goodenough Hayter, Bt
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Colborne