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Richard Weston (1733–1822)

Mayor of Oxford 1786 and 1801

Richard Weston was baptised at St Michael's Church on 12 June 1733. He was the son of the ironmonger Anthony Weston of St Michael’s parish in Oxford. His father had two children by his first marriage, and Richard was the eldest of the eleven children by his second wife to Ann Fortnam.

Richard followed the trade of his father, eventually taking over his ironmonger’s shop in Cornmarket.

On 27 March 1758 at St Peter-le-Bailey Church, Oxford Richard Weston married Mary Burrows, and they had three daughters, two of whom died in infancy:

  • Mary Weston (baptised on 13 December 1758 at St Michael-at-the-Northgate Church;
    died aged seven, buried inside that church on 27 January 1766)
  • Ann Weston I (baptised at St Michael-at-the-Northgate Church on 31 July 1765, just one day after she was born).

On 14 September 1761 there was an announcement in Jackson’s Oxford Journal that Richard Weston, ironmonger, had moved from his father’s old shop to another house in Cornmarket opposite the Star [later the Clarendon Hotel], and the 1772 Survey of Oxford shows that his new shop was at 15 Cornmarket, and had a frontage of 4 yards 1 ft 7 in.

Richard Weston was first elected to the Common Council on 1 October 1764.

His father Anthony Weston died at the age of 62 on 25 July 1767.

Richard Weston was appointed one of the Keykeepers in 1768, purchasing a Chamberlain’s place the following year. In 1775 he was elected Junior Bailiff.

On 19 April 1777 there was an announcement in Jackson’s Oxford Journal that Richard Weston (who was only aged 44) was retiring and that his ironmonger’s shop opposite the Star was to let. It states that the stock had been taken on by Henry Hinton, who had formerly worked for Weston.

On 17 January 1781 Weston was appointed City Postmaster.

In 1785 Richard Weston was elected one of the eight Assistants and in 1786 Mayor (for 1786/7), choosing Joseph Lock as his Child.

On 1 September 1795 at St Mary-the-Virgin Church, his daughter Ann Weston married Herbert Parsons of St Peter-in-the-East parish. By this time Weston had the lease of 91 High Street.

In 1801 Weston was elected Mayor a second time (for 1801/2).

His wife Mary Weston died at the age of 76 on 23 March 1811 and was buried inside St Michael-at-the-Northgate Church four days later.

Richard Weston resigned from the council in 1816. He died at the age of 89 and was buried inside St Michael-at-the-Northgate Church on 30 March 1822. In the register he is described as then being of the parish of St Mary the Virgin, so was probably still living at 91 High Street.

See also:

  • Anthony Weston, Mayor in 1751 and 1762 (his father)
  • Jackson’s Oxford Journal, 30 March 1822 (death notice of Weston)
  • PCC Will PROB 11/1656/175 (Will of Richard Weston of Oxford, proved 20 April 1822)

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Last updated: 18 September, 2018

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