Richard Buller

Sir Richard Buller (1578–1642) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons variously between 1621 and 1642. He was a Parliamentarian officer during the English Civil War.

Buller was born at Shillingham Cornwall, the son of Francis Buller and his wife Thomasina Williams, daughter of Thomas Williams of Stowford, an Elizabethan-era Speaker of the House of Commons.[1] He was knighted in 1608.

Buller was elected Member of Parliament for St Germans in 1621. He was subsequently MP for Saltash from 1625 to 1629 when King Charles I decided to rule without parliament. He was High Sheriff of Cornwall in 1637. In April 1640, Buller was elected MP for Cornwall in the Short Parliament. In November 1640, he was elected MP for Fowey in the Long Parliament.[2]

Buller was involved in military operations in Cornwall in 1642, and was forced to retreat from Launceston.[3] He died in November that year at the age of 64.

Marriage and issue

Buller married Alice Hayward, the daughter of Sir Rowland Hayward, Lord Mayor of London.[4] They had six sons and six daughters.[5] Three of their sons, Francis, George, and Anthony, served in Parliament.[6][7]


Parliament of England
Preceded by
John Eliot
John Trott
Member of Parliament for St Germans
With: Richard Tisdale
Succeeded by
Sir John Coke
Sir John Stradling
Preceded by
Thomas Trevor
Francis Buller
Member of Parliament for Saltash
With: Francis Buller 1625
John Heywood 1625-1626
Sir Francis Cottington 1628-1629
Succeeded by
Parliament suspended until 1640
Preceded by
Parliament suspended since 1629
Member of Parliament for Cornwall
With: William Godolphin
Succeeded by
Sir Bevil Grenville
Alexander Carew
Preceded by
Jonathan Rashleigh
Member of Parliament for Fowey
With: Jonathan Rashleigh
Edwin Rich
Succeeded by
Jonathan Rashleigh
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