Richard Griffin, 3rd Baron Braybrooke

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Richard Griffin, 3rd Baron Braybrooke (26 September 1783 – 13 March 1858), known as Richard Neville until 1797 and as the Hon. Richard Griffin between 1797 and 1825, was a British Whig politician and literary figure.

Billingbear House in Berkshire, the Neville family seat
Stanlake Park, Berkshire, a Neville property

Background and education[edit]

Born at Stanlake Park at Ruscombe in Berkshire, Braybrooke was the son of Richard Griffin, 2nd Baron Braybrooke, and Catherine, daughter of Prime Minister George Grenville. His father had inherited the barony as well as Audley End from his kinsman, John Whitwell, 4th Baron Howard de Walden and 1st Baron Braybrooke, in 1797. He was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford, also taking a degree as nobleman at Magdalene College, Cambridge.[1] In 1797 he assumed, alongside his father, by Royal licence the surname of Griffin in lieu of his patronymic.

Political career[edit]

Braybrooke was returned to Parliament for Thirsk in 1805, a seat he held until 1806, and then represented Saltash in 1807, Buckingham between 1807 and 1812 and Berkshire between 1812 and 1825. The latter year he succeeded his father in the barony and took his seat in the House of Lords.


Braybrooke was the editor of The Diary of Samuel Pepys, published in 1825. He also published The History of Audley End and Saffron Walden (1835) and The Life of Jane, Lady Cornwallis (1842). In 1838 he became a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. Between 1853 and 1858 he served as president of the Camden Society.


Lord Braybrooke married Lady Jane, daughter of Charles Cornwallis, 2nd Marquess Cornwallis, in 1819. They had five sons and three daughters. She died in September 1856, aged 57. Lord Braybrooke survived her by two years and died at Audley End in March 1858, aged 74. He was succeeded in the barony by his eldest son, Richard.


  1. ^ "Neville, the Hon. Richard (NVL811R)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Gregory Page-Turner, Bt
William Frankland
Member of Parliament for Thirsk
With: William Frankland
Succeeded by
Robert Greenhill
James Topping
Preceded by
Matthew Russell
Arthur Champernowne
Member of Parliament for Saltash
With: William Fremantle
Succeeded by
Matthew Russell
John Pedley
Preceded by
Thomas Grenville
Sir John Borlase Warren, Bt
Member of Parliament for Buckingham
With: Thomas Grenville 1807–1812
Lord George Grenville 1810–1812
Succeeded by
Viscount Ebrington
William Fremantle
Preceded by
George Vansittart
Charles Dundas
Member of Parliament for Berkshire
With: Charles Dundas
Succeeded by
Charles Dundas
Robert Palmer
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Richard Griffin
Baron Braybrooke
Succeeded by
Richard Neville