Richard Amphlett

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Sir Richard Paul Amphlett, PC, QC (24 May 1809 – 7 December 1883) was an English barrister and Conservative politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1868 to 1874.

Amphlett was the son of Rev. Richard Holmden Amphlett of Wychbold Hall, Hadzor, near Droitwich [1] and his wife Sarah Paul, daughter of Nathaniel Paul of Bloomsbury Square, London. His father was the rector of Hadzor, Worcestershire. He was educated at Brewood Grammar School and at Peterhouse, Cambridge graduating BA as 6th wrangler in 1831 and MA in 1834.[2] He became a Fellow of his college and was also called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn in June 1834. He practised at the Chancery Bar and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1858 and was also Bencher of his Inn. He was Deputy Lieutenant and J.P. for Worcestershire, and deputy chairman of Worcestershire Quarter Sessions.[3]

In 1859 Amphlett stood unsuccessfully for parliament at Lewes. At the 1868 general election Amphlett was elected Member of Parliament for East Worcestershire and held the seat until 1874.[4]

In 1873 Amphlett was serjeant-at-law and president of the Legal Education Association. He was knighted in June 1874. From 1874 to 1876 he was a Baron of the Exchequer and was made Privy Councillor in 1876. From 1876 to 1877 he was Lord Justice of Appeal and retired on account of ill-health.[2]

Amphlett died at 32, Wimpole Street, London at the age of 74 and was buried at Hadzor.[2]

Amphlett married Frances Ferrard daughter of Edward Ferrard of St. Ives, Yorkshire in 1840.[3]


  1. ^ Wardle, Terry Heroes & Villains of Worcestershire 2010 The History Press, Stroud, Gloucestershire. p12 ISBN 978 0 7524 5515 0
  2. ^ a b c "Amphlett, Richard Paul (AMHT826RP)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ a b Debretts House of Commons and the Judicial Bench 1870
  4. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 5)[self-published source][better source needed]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Harry Vernon
Hon. Charles Lyttelton
Member of Parliament for East Worcestershire
With: Hon. Charles Lyttelton
Succeeded by
Henry Allsopp
Thomas Eades Walker