Richard Pilkington (politician, born 1841)

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Richard Pilkington (17 January 1841 – 12 March 1908) was a British Conservative politician and member of the Pilkington glass-manufacturing family.

He was the second son of Richard Pilkington of Windle Hall near St Helens, Lancashire. In 1858/9 he became a partner in the family glassworks.[1] In 1863 he married Louisa Sinclair. He became a member of St Helens Borough Council, being elected mayor in 1896, 1897 and 1898.[2] By this time he held the rank of lieutenant-colonel, in the Volunteer Force, commanding a battalion of the South Lancashire Regiment and was living at Rainford Hall.[3] In December 1898 he was selected as the Conservative candidate for a by-election in the Newton constituency. He had previously been considered a Liberal Unionist.[3] As the only candidate nominated he was elected unopposed on 16 January 1899.[4]

Pilkington held his seat at the subsequent general election in 1900, but was defeated in 1906 by a Labour candidate.[5][6]

Richard Pilkington died on 12 March 1908, aged 67. A condition in his will forbade the inheritors of his estate from permitting the construction or use of any building for the sale of intoxicating liquor.[7]


  1. ^ Barker, Theo (September 2004). "Richard Pilkington (1841 - 1908)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 1 September 2008. 
  2. ^ Election of Mayors, The Times, 10 November 1897 p.10 and 10 November 1898, p.10
  3. ^ a b Election Intelligence, The Times, 26 December 1898, p.4
  4. ^ Election Intelligence: Lancashire (Newton Division), The Times, 17 January 1899; p. 10
  5. ^ The New Parliament, The Times, 6 October 1900, p. 13
  6. ^ The General Election, The Times, 24 January 1906, p.10
  7. ^ Colonel R. Pilkington's Estate, The Times, 12 August 1908, p. 11

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thomas Wodehouse Legh
Member of Parliament for Newton
Succeeded by
James Andrew Seddon