Samuel Ruggles-Brise

Sir Samuel Brise Ruggles-Brise KCB MP JP DL (29 December 1825 – 28 May 1899) was a British Conservative Party (UK) politician, and owner of Spains Hall, Essex.[1]

Early life

Samuel Ruggles-Brise was the eldest son of John Ruggles (1782–1852) of Spains Hall, who adopted the additional name of Brise, and Catherine (died 1877), daughter of John Haynes Harrison. John Ruggles was a barrister and High Sheriff of Suffolk in 1829. Samuel was educated at Eton College and Magdalene College, Cambridge.[1] He served in the 1st Dragoon Guards and later was Colonel Commandant of the West Essex Militia (1853–89).[2]

Political career

He was elected as a Member of Parliament for East Essex at the 1868 general election, and held the seat at two further elections[3] before resigning from the House of Commons on 14 August 1883 by becoming Steward of the Manor of Northstead.[4]


In 1847, Samuel Ruggles-Brise married Marianne Weyland Bowyer-Smith, daughter of Sir Edward Bowyer-Smith, 10th Baronet, of Hill Hall, Essex. They had five sons and seven daughters:[2]


  1. 1 2 "Obituary: Sir Samuel Ruggles-Brise". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 29 May 1899. p. 9.
  2. 1 2 3 4 Burke's Landed Gentry
  3. Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 385. ISBN 0-900178-26-4.
  4. Department of Information Services (9 June 2009). "Appointments to the Chiltern Hundreds and Manor of Northstead Stewardships since 1850" (PDF). House of Commons Library. Retrieved 30 November 2009.
  5. Burke's Peerage.
  6. 'Sir Evelyn John Ruggles-Brise', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, accessed 30 May 2013.
  7. Who Was Who.
  8. Obituary, Times (London) 27 June 1927.


Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for East Essex
1868 – 1883
With: James Round
Succeeded by
Charles Hedley Strutt
James Round

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