Richard Shuttleworth (MP for Lancashire)

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The rear of Gawthorpe Hall, with a portion of the rear gardens
Forcett Hall, North Yorkshire

Richard Shuttleworth (1683–22 December 1749) of Gawthorpe Hall, Lancashire and Forcett Hall, Yorkshire was an English politician who sat in the English and British House of Commons for 44 years from 1705 to 1749.

Shuttleworth was baptized on 3 September 1683, the eldest son of Sir Richard Shuttleworth, of Gawthorpe Hall and Forcett, and his wife Katherine Clerke, daughter of Henry Clerke. He succeeded his father in 1687. From 1703 to 1704, he travelled abroad in France and Italy. He married Emma Tempest, the daughter of William Tempest of Old Durham.[1]

Shuttleworth was elected as Member of Parliament for Lancashire in a contest at the 1705 general election. He was active in parliament, particularly on local issues although his political leanings were inconsistent. He was returned unopposed at the general elections of 1708, 1710 and 1713. He continued to act in a "Whimsical" manner while notionally supporting the Tory party, and sustained his interest in local issues.[1] He was returned unopposed again in 1715, and from then on voted consistently against the Administration. He may have had Jacobite sympathies, and had two relatives who fought in the 1715 rebellion. In 1722 he faced a contest at Lancashire, which he won, and was returned unopposed again in 1727, 1734 and 1741. He was Father of the House from 1748. [2]

As a result of a fire in 1726, Forcett Hall was substantially redesigned in 1740 in the Palladian style by architect Daniel Garrett. Shuttleworth and his family moved into Forcett Hall and leased Gawthorpe Hall. Shuttleworth died on 22 December 1749. He had five sons and three daughters. His son and heir James Shuttleworth also became MP for Lancashire.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "SHUTTLEWORTH, Richard (1683-1749), of Gawthorpe Hall, Lancs. and Forcett, Yorks". History of Parliament Online (1690-1715). Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  2. ^ "SHUTTLEWORTH, Richard (1683-1749), of Gawthorpe Hall, Lancs. and Forcett, Yorks". History of Parliament Online (1715-1754). Retrieved 14 November 2018.
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Richard Fleetwood
Richard Assheton
Member of Parliament for Lancashire
17051708
With: Hon. Charles Zedenno Stanley
Succeeded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Parliament of England
Member of Parliament for Lancashire
1708–1749
With: Hon. Charles Zedenno Stanley 1708-1713
Sir John Bland 1713-1727
Sir Edward Stanley 1727-1736
Peter Bold 1736-1741
Lord Strange 1741-1749
Succeeded by
Lord Strange
Peter Bold
Preceded by
Thomas Cartwright
Father of the House
1748-1749
Succeeded by
Phillips Gybbon