c.1623-1675. A royalist who was imprisoned during the Interregnum. In 1660 he was made Gentleman of the Privy Chamber and Captain of Horse. He was MP for Boroughbridge between 1661a nd 1675, and Sheriff of Yorkshire from 1667-8.
Richard Mauleverer’s ancestors had been seated at Allerton, 6 miles from Boroughbridge, North Yorks., since at least the 13th century, and first represented Yorkshire in 1334.
His father, who represented the borough in the Long Parliament, was a regicide, but Richard, to whom an annuity of £500 had been granted at his marriage, fought as a Royalist in both Civil Wars. (He married Anne in 1642, daughter of Sir Robert Clerke of Pleshey, Essex. They had 5 sons and 2 daughters.)
Richard Mauleverer was knighted on 27 Mar. 1645. His indignant father cut off his allowance, and consequently Richard escaped with a nominal fine of £4 6s. 8d.
He took part in the royalist rising in Yorkshire in 1655, after which he made a daring escape from Chester Castle.
He was again imprisoned in 1659, but released on bail in September.
On the eve of the Restoration, Sir Richard Mauleverer crossed the Channel to visit the exiled Court, and was made a gentleman of the privy chamber.
Sir Richard Mauleverer was returned for Boroughbridge at the general election of 1661 on his own interest.
An inactive Member of the Cavalier Parliament, he was appointed to 43 committees, including the committee of elections and privileges in 9 sessions; but the only measure of major political importance with which he was concerned was the corporations bill.
His father had been posthumously excepted from the Act of Indemnity, but the baronetcy and the estate, valued at £1,200 p.a., were restored to Richard.
Mauleverer was listed as a court dependant in 1664, and appeared on both lists of 1669-71 among the Members to be engaged for the Court by the Duke of Buckingham.
He was a Capt. of Lord Gerard’s Horse 1666-7.
He again figured on the Paston list of 1673-4, and was described as a ‘committeeman in Temple cloisters with many more of his gang’.
On 30 Apr. 1675 he was granted £200 as royal bounty.
He was buried in Westminster Abbey on 25 July, 1675.
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