Richard Brinsley Sheridan (politician)

Richard Brinsley Sheridan (c. 1806, London – 2 May 1888) was an English Whig politician.


He was the eldest son of Thomas Sheridan, colonial treasurer in the Cape of Good Hope and the novelist Caroline Henrietta Callander of Craig forth and the grandson of his namesake, the playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan. After his father died in 1817, his mother travelled to live in London with her seven children.[1]

He served as High Sheriff of Dorset in 1838.[2] He was Member of Parliament (MP) for Shaftesbury from 1845 to 1852 and for Dorchester from 1852 until he retired in 1868 and also Deputy Lieutenant for Dorset. He was a Liberal in favour of extending the right to vote.[3] He eloped with and subsequently married Marcia Maria Grant, the daughter of Sir John Colquhoun Grant[4] on 18 May 1835, and they had three daughters and six sons,[5] including Thomas Algernon Brinsley Sheridan, another Deputy Lieutenant of Dorset.


  1. MacConghail, Maire, 'Sheridan family', The Blackwell Companion to Modern Irish Culture, p. 534. ISBN 978-0-631-16525-5
  2. The London Gazette: no. 19586. p. 232. 1 February 1838. Retrieved 2008-09-21.
  3. Stenton, Michael (1976) Who's Who of British Members of Parliament Volume 1, p. 349
  4. Dalton, Charles (1904). The Waterloo roll call. With biographical notes and anecdotes. London: Eyre and Spottiswoode. p. 23-24.
  5. Burke's Landed Gentry (1886), seventh edition

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Lord Howard of Effingham
Member of Parliament for Shaftesbury
1845 – 1852
Succeeded by
Henry Berkeley Portman
Preceded by
George Dawson-Damer
Henry Sturt
Member of Parliament for Dorchester
With: George Dawson-Damer to 1856
Charles Napier Sturt from 1856
Succeeded by
Charles Napier Sturt
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