Richard Ryder (politician, born 1766)

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The Right Honourable
Richard Ryder
Home Secretary
In office
1 November 1809 – 8 June 1812
Monarch George III
Prime Minister Hon. Spencer Perceval
Preceded by The Lord Hawkesbury
Succeeded by The Viscount Sidmouth
Personal details
Born 5 July 1766 (1766-07-05)
Died 18 September 1832 (1832-09-19) (aged 66)
Nationality British
Political party Tory
Spouse(s) Frederica Skynner (d. 1821)

Richard Ryder (5 July 1766 – 18 September 1832) was a British Tory politician. He notably served as Home Secretary between 1809 and 1812.


Ryder was a younger son of Nathaniel Ryder, 1st Baron Harrowby and his wife Elizabeth, daughter of the Right Reverend Richard Terrick, Bishop of London. Dudley Ryder, 1st Earl of Harrowby, was his elder brother and the Right Reverend the Hon. Henry Ryder, Bishop of Coventry and of Lichfield, his younger brother. He was educated at St John's College, Cambridge.[1]

Political career

Ryder sat as Member of Parliament for Tiverton from 1795 to 1830 and was sworn of the Privy Council in 1807. From 1809 to 1812 he served as Home Secretary under Spencer Perceval.


Ryder married in 1799 Frederica, daughter of Sir John Skynner, from whom Ryder inherited the Great House in Great Milton, Oxfordshire in 1805. There were no surviving children from this marriage. Frederica died in August 1821. Ryder survived her by eleven years and died in September 1832, aged 66.


  1. "Ryder, the Hon. Richard (RDR784R)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Dudley Ryder
Sir John Duntze
Member of Parliament for Tiverton
With: Dudley Ryder
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Member of Parliament for Tiverton
With: Dudley Ryder 1801–1803
William Fitzhugh 1803–1819
Viscount Sandon 1819–1830
Succeeded by
Viscount Sandon
Granville Ryder
Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Liverpool
Home Secretary
Succeeded by
The Viscount Sidmouth