Richard Ryder
Home Secretary
In office
1 November 1809 – 8 June 1812
MonarchGeorge III
Prime MinisterHon. Spencer Perceval
Preceded byThe Lord Hawkesbury
Succeeded byThe Viscount Sidmouth
Personal details
Born5 July 1766 (1766-07-05)
Died18 September 1832 (1832-09-19) (aged 66)
Political partyTory
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.
Parliament of Great Britain Preceded byDudley Ryder Sir John Duntze Member of Parliament for Tiverton 1795–1800 With: Dudley Ryder Succeeded byParliament of the United Kingdom Parliament of the United Kingdom Preceded byParliament of Great Britain Member of Parliament for Tiverton 1801–1830 With: Dudley Ryder 1801–1803William Fitzhugh 1803–1819Viscount Sandon 1819–1830 Succeeded byViscount SandonGranville Ryder Political offices Preceded byThe Earl of Liverpool Home Secretary 1809–1812 Succeeded byThe Viscount Sidmouth