Richard Bampfylde

Sir Richard Warwick Bampfylde, 4th Baronet (21 November 1722 – 15 July 1776)[1] of Poltimore, North Molton, Warleigh, Tamerton Foliot and Copplestone in Devon and of Hardington in Somerset,[2] England, was Member of Parliament for Exeter (1743–47) and for Devonshire (1747–76).


He was the only son and heir of Sir Coplestone Bampfylde, 3rd Baronet of Poltimore, North Molton and Warleigh in Devon and of Hardington in Somerset, by his wife Gertrude Carew, daughter of Sir John Carew, 3rd Baronet,[3] of Antony in Cornwall. He was baptised in Poltimore in Devon.[4]


In 1727, aged only five, he succeeded his father as 4th baronet.[5] He was educated at New College, Oxford and graduated as Master of Arts in 1741.[4] He was Member of Parliament for Exeter from 1743 to 1747[6] and subsequently for Devonshire from 1747 until his death in 1776.[7]

Marriage and progeny

On 8 August 1742 in the chapel of Somerset House,[4] London, he married Jane Codrington (d.1789), daughter and heiress of Colonel John Codrington of Charlton House,[8] Wraxhall, Somerset,[9] by whom he had six sons and seven daughters including:[10]


In 1741 his seats were Copplestone and Poltimore in Devon and Hardington in Somerset.[2] His townhouse in Exeter was Bampfield House, demolished in World War II.[13]

Death, burial & succession

Bampfylde died on 15 July 1776 and was buried at Poltimore. He was succeeded in the baronetcy by his eldest surviving son Sir Charles Bampfylde, 5th Baronet (1753–1823) .[10]

Further reading

  • History of Parliament biography of Bampfylde, Sir Richard Warwick, 4th Bt. (1722–76), of Poltimore, Devon


  1. "Leigh Rayment - Baronetage". Retrieved 5 April 2009.
  2. Wotton, Thomas, The English Baronetage, Vol 2, London, 1741, p.195, Bampfylde of Poltimore
  3. Burke, John (1832). A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire. vol. I (4th ed.). London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley. p. 306.
  4. "ThePeerage - Sir Richard Bamfylde, 4th Bt". Retrieved 5 February 2007.
  5. Debrett, John (1824). Debrett's Baronetage of England. vol. I (5th ed.). London: G. Woodfall. p. 140.
  6. "Leigh Rayment - British House of Commons, Exeter". Retrieved 5 April 2009.
  7. "Leigh Rayment - British House of Commons, Devonshire". Retrieved 5 April 2009.
  8. History of Parliament biography
  9. Vivian, Lt.Col. J.L., (Ed.) The Visitations of the County of Devon: Comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564 & 1620, Exeter, 1895, p.40
  10. Kimber, Edward (1771). Richard Johnson (ed.). The Baronetage of England: Containing a Genealogical and Historical Account of All the English Baronets. vol. I. London: Thomas Wotton. p. 381.
  11. Vivian, p.41
  12. Vivian, p.41; History of Parliament biography of Moysey, Abel (1743–1831), of Hinton Charterhouse, Somerset
  13. Several of his children were born at Bampfield House (Vivian, p.41)
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Humphrey Sydenham
Sir Henry Northcote
Member of Parliament for Exeter
With: Humphrey Sydenham
Succeeded by
Humphrey Sydenham
John Tuckfield
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Dyke-Acland, Bt
Sir William Courtenay, Bt
Member of Parliament for Devonshire
With: Sir William Courtenay, Bt 1747–1762
John Parker 1762–1776
Succeeded by
John Rolle Walter
John Parker
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Coplestone Bampfylde
(of Poltimore)
Succeeded by
Charles Bampfylde
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