Richard Hussey Vivian was born in Truro in 1775.
He led a successful military career fighting in the Low Countries and then in the Peninsular War. For his services at Waterloo Vivian received thanks from Parliament and a KCH (Knight Commander). Following the disbandment of his regiment Vivian’s soldiers presented him with a silver trumpet and banner.
From 1819 Vivian entered into a political career, acting as MP for Truro, Windsor and then Truro again. In 1828 he was created a baronet and subsequently granted appointments including commander of the forces in Ireland from 1831 to 1836 and Groom of the Bedchamber to William IV from 1830 to 1837. Though he declined the role of Secretary of War in 1835, Vivian accepted the role as Master General of the Ordnance on 4 May 1835.
He held this position as Master General until his sudden death in August 1842.