Sir Richard Reynell, 2nd Baronet

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Arms of Reynell: Argent, masonry sable a chief indented of the second[1]

Sir Richard Reynell, 2nd Baronet (1673–1723) was an Anglo-Irish politician and landowner who sat in the Irish House of Commons as member for Wicklow from 1692 to 1693.

He was the elder son of Sir Richard Reynell, 1st Baronet and his wife Hester Beckett, daughter of Randall Beckett of Dublin.[2] He was probably born in Dublin where his father spent most of his career. The elder Sir Richard was in turn member of the House of Commons for Athboy, judge of the Court of King's Bench (Ireland) and finally Lord Chief Justice of Ireland.[3] The Reynells were an ancient Devon family with strong links to East Ogwell and Ashburton, Devon; after the Glorious Revolution the elder Sir Richard sat in the House of Commons of England for Ashburton. The son was elected to the Irish House of Commons for Wicklow in 1692, when he appears to have been barely 20 years old. His father's mental health failed and he was removed from office in 1695;[4] from then on the family seem to have largely severed their ties with Ireland.

The younger Richard married his cousin Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Reynell of Laleham, Middlesex and Anne Balam. Elizabeth died in 1706, aged thirty-nine.[5] They had three daughters, and one son Sir Thomas Reynell, 3rd Baronet. Sir Richard died at Laleham in June 1723.[6] In contrast to his father, who was described as one of the most remarkable figures in Irish political life of his time,[7] the second Sir Richard has left little mark on history.


  1. ^ Vivian, Lt.Col. J.L., (Ed.) The Visitations of the County of Devon: Comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564 & 1620, Exeter, 1895, pp.643-5, pedigree of Reynell, p.643
  2. ^ Ball, F. Elrington The Judges in Ireland 1221-1921 John Murray London 1926 Vol.1 p. 354
  3. ^ Ball p. 354
  4. ^ Ball p. 354
  5. ^ Burke's Peerage 1833 Vol. IV p. 455
  6. ^ Burke p.455
  7. ^ Ball p. 288