He joined the army in 1805 as a cavalryman and fought in the Peninsular War and at Waterloo. He was an ensign in 1805, a lieutenant in 1806, a captain in 1811 and a major in 1819. He left the army in 1820.
He was elected at the 1831 general election as a Member of Parliament (MP) both for Oxfordshire and for Weymouth and Melcombe Regis. He chose to sit for Oxfordshire, and held the seat until he stood down at the 1837 general election.
He died at Woodrising in 1854. He had married Charlotte, the well-to-do daughter of Charles Gordon of Cluny, Aberdeen and widow of Sir John Lowther Johnstone, Bt, of Westerhall, Dumfries. They had two sons and a daughter. He was succeeded by his eldest son, John (1821-1902).
- "WEYLAND, Richard (1780-1864), of Woodeaton Hall, nr. Islip, Oxon". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 2012-04-10.
- Stooks Smith, Henry. (1973) [1844-1850]. Craig, F. W. S., ed. The Parliaments of England (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. pp. 258–259. ISBN 0-900178-13-2.
- Stooks Smith, page 97
- Craig, F. W. S. (1989) . British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-26-4.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Richard Weyland
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Col. John Gordon
| Member of Parliament for Weymouth & Melcombe Regis
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Charles Baring Wall
Col. John Gordon
| Member of Parliament for Oxfordshire
1831 – 1837
With: George Harcourt 1831–1862
Lord Norreys 1832–1852
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