Richard Colvin (British Army officer)

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Brigadier-General Richard Beale Colvin CB (4 Aug 1856 – 17 January 1936)[1] was a British officer and Conservative Party politician.

He served as High Sheriff of Essex in 1890, and was a Major in the Loyal Suffolk Hussars, a Yeomanry regiment based in Bury St Edmunds..

Following the outbreak of the Second Boer War in late 1899, Colvin was on 7 February 1900 appointed Deputy-Assistant Adjutant-General in the Imperial Yeomanry, responsible for corps raised outside the head-quarters of the existing yeomanry regiments.[2] With the expansion of the number of Imperial Yeomanry regiments, he was a month later, on 14 March 1900, re-assigned and appointed in command of the 20th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry,[3] which set out for South Africa later that month. For his services during the war, he was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in November 1900.[4]

Colvin was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Epping at an unopposed by-election in 1917, after Epping's Conservative MP Amelius Lockwood was ennobled as Baron Lambourne.[5] He was re-elected in 1918 and 1922, and retired from the House of Commons at the 1923 general election[6]

His portrait, describing him as a brigadier general, is held at the National Portrait Gallery.[7]


  1. ^ "House of Commons constituencies beginning with "E" (part 2)". Leigh Rayment's House of Commons pages. Retrieved 21 April 2009.
  2. ^ "No. 27162". The London Gazette. 6 February 1900. p. 808.
  3. ^ "No. 27173". The London Gazette. 13 March 1900. p. 1711.
  4. ^ "No. 27359". The London Gazette. 27 September 1901. p. 6307.
  5. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 276. ISBN 0-900178-27-2.
  6. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 351. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
  7. ^ "Sir Richard Beale Colvin". National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved 30 November 2018.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Amelius Lockwood
Member of Parliament for Epping
Succeeded by
Leonard Lyle