Friday, 17 May 2013
150 Marmaduke Wyvill
Constituency : Richmond ( Yorks) 1847-65, 1866-8
Marmaduke is more famous as a chess player than a politician. He was the son of a similarly named MP for York. He improved his position by marriage to a baronet's daughter and was first elected in 1847. Like Monckton Milnes he had proposed to Florence Nightingla but been turned down
Marmaduke was unseated by another Liberal in 1865 but regained it in a by-election in 1866 when his supplanter died. He spoke infrequently in the House , once to express his support for parliamentary reform.In 1868 the seat was reduced to a single member.
Marmaduke was runner-up in the only chess tournament he entered, in London in 1851. A pawn formation is still known as the Wyvill formation.
He died in 1896 aged 80.