Richard Bootle-Wilbraham

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Richard Bootle-Wilbraham (27 Oct 1801 – 5 May 1844)[1] was a British Conservative Party politician. He sat in the House of Commons from 1835 to 1844.

Richard was the oldest son of Edward Bootle-Wilbraham, 1st Baron Skelmersdale and his wife Mary Elizabeth Taylor.[2] Richard was educated at Eton and at Christ Church, Oxford. He lived with his family at Blythe Hall, Lathom, Lancashire, part of the Lathom estate owned by his family.

He was made a Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire in 1826,[3] and was elected at the 1835 general election as the Member of Parliament (MP) for South Lancashire.[4][5] He was re-elected in 1837[6] and returned without a contest[5] in 1841,[7] and held the seat until his death from influenza in 1844, aged 42.[1]

He married Jessy Brooke (1812–1892), the daughter of Sir Richard Brooke, 6th Baronet Brooke of Norton.[2] They had one son, the Conservative politician Edward Bootle-Wilbraham, 1st Earl of Lathom, and three daughters.[2]


  • G. E. C. (G. E. Cokayne) ed. by George H. White. The Complete Peerage. (London: St. Catherine Press, 1953) Vol. XII, Part 1, p. 1.


  1. ^ a b Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "L" (part 1)
  2. ^ a b c "Skelmersdale, Baron (UK, 1828)". Cracroft's Peerage. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "No. 18344". The London Gazette. 16 March 1827. p. 630. 
  4. ^ "No. 19234". The London Gazette. 30 January 1835. p. 169. 
  5. ^ a b Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 411. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 
  6. ^ "No. 19538". The London Gazette. 5 September 1837. p. 2343. 
  7. ^ "No. 19998". The London Gazette. 13 July 1841. p. 1811. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Viscount Molyneux
George William Wood
Member of Parliament for South Lancashire
With: Lord Francis Egerton
Succeeded by
William Entwistle
Lord Francis Egerton