Langton, Richard

Richard Langton was baptised in Preston on 17 May 1658, the son of William Langton of Broughton Tower. His father was elected MP for Preston in 1645 and served as the town’s steward and as recorder of Liverpool. Richard married Mary Hodgkinson at Preston on 19 January 1685. He was mayor of Preston in 1692 and died there on 11 February 1734. His eldest son William inherited Broughton Tower from his cousin and, dying without heir, left it to his sister Jane. [1] Jane was married to Lawrence Rawstorne, the grandson of the diarist Lawrence Rawstorne. Richard was a frequent companion of the diarist, and of the other Preston diarist Thomas Bellingham. Bellingham, in a diary entry for 26 September 1688, locates Langton’s residence in the Market Square, probably the house on the 1685 survey of the town listed as occupied or owned by Widow Langton (see plan).Clemesha says Mary Hodgkinson was the niece of Preston’s Tory boss Thomas Hodgkinson and that Richard was probably known as Dick, since Bellingham refers to him as D. Langton. [2]

[1] Henry Fishwick, The History of the Parish of Preston in Amounderness in the County of Lancaster (BiblioBazaar, 2014), 258–60,
[2] H. W. Clemesha, A History of Preston in Amounderness. (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1912), 172.