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Beriah Botfield (5 March 1807–7 August 1863) was a British Member of Parliament representing Ludlow in Shropshire. He was also a Conservative Party politician.
He was born on 5 March 1807 in Earl's Ditton, Shropshire. He was the son of Beriah Botfield (died 1813) and educated at Harrow School. He inherited the family's extensive coal mining and ironmaking business, which was based in Shropshire. Perhaps not so surprisingly, Beriah Botfield entered into political affairs.
In 1840, Beriah was elected as a Member of Parliament for Ludlow in a by-election and held the seat until a defeat in the 1847 general election. He did manage to regain the position when he was re-elected in 1857, and continued to serve until his death in 1863. In 1858, he had erected a stone cross near the Wales–England border on Shadwell Hill, to commemorate a pedlar named William Cantlin who was robbed and murdered there in 1691. However, Beriah's personal life was notable as well.
Beriah was a well known bibliographer who set up a private printing press at his home in Norton Hall, Northamptonshire. Among the works which he printed there was an anonymous Journal of a Tour through the Highlands of Scotland (1830). 'Stemmata Botevilliana.' (1843) was printed for a private collection, then much enlarged and presented to the general public in 1858, as an account of the family of Boteville or Botfield. The issue of 'Bibliotheca Heanieiana—excerpts from the Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Heame' (1848) was afterwards reprinted in the 'Reliquiæ Hearnianæ' (1869 ed.).
He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in January 1839. He was president of the British Archaeological Association.
Beriah Botfield died on 7 August 1863, at Grosvenor Square, London, at the age of fifty-six.
SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'Beriah Botfield', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 29 October 2013, 18:31 UTC, <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Beriah_Botfield&oldid=579322184> [accessed 24 January 2014]