Richard Meyler of Crawley House

1791 - 3rd Mar 1818


MP for Winchester 1812-1818, owner of Meylersfield estate in Westmoreland, Jamaica. He reportedly inherited an income of £30,000 p.a. from his father in 1805, and claimed to have spent £20,000 on his parliamentary seat. Died in 1818; the Meylersfield estate and the enslaved people on it passed to his second cousin once removed, Richard Bright of Ham Green.

  1. Will of Richard Meyler [of Grosvenor Square in parish] of St George Hanover proved 21/04/1818 and of Crawley House. The will, made in 1812, is six lines long and left his estate between Mary Ashton (wife of John Ashton), Sarah Berners (wife of Henry Denny Berners), Rachel (wife of William Berners) and Frances Fitzwilliam Bernard wife of Henry Bernard. These female legatees were his maternal aunts. Administration of the will was granted in 1869 to Hugh Berners, when his personalty was shown as £200.


See and [both accessed 16/02/2015].

  1. PROB 11/1603/299; National Probate Calendar 1869.

We are grateful to Primmy Bright for her assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Married but no further details
Oxford (Christ Church) [1809 ]
Merchant and plantation owner

Associated Estates (6)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1817 [EA] - → Executor
1817 [EA] - → Executor
1809 [EA] - 1818 [EY] → Owner
1815 [EA] - 1829 [LA] → Previous owner
1818 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Previous owner
22/05/1805 [SD] - 03/03/1818 [ED] → Owner

Legacies Summary

Political (1)

West India interest 
election →
Winchester Hampshire
1812 - 1818

Relationships (5)

Nephew → Uncle
Notes →
Richard Meyler's mother Ann nee Jarrett was the twin sister of John Ashton's wife Mary Noble Jarrett....
Grandson → Grandfather
Other relatives
Notes →
Second cousins once removed. Bright was also Meyler's...
Son → Father
Grandson → Grandfather

Addresses (2)

Crawley Manor, Crawley, Winchester (near), Hampshire, Wessex, England
Grosvenor Square, London, Middlesex, London, England