Richard George William Pitt Booth
1 April 1977 - 20 August 2019
|Born||12 September 1938|
Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom
|Died||20 August 2019 (aged 80)|
Cusop, Herefordshire, United Kingdom
|Political party||Socialist Labour Party (UK)|
Richard George William Pitt Booth MBE (12 September 1938 - 20 August 2019) was a British bookseller and eccentric who proclaimed himself ruler of the Independent Kingdom of Hay-on-Wye on 1 April 1977 (he named his horse Prime Minister), a micronation. This proclamation earned him and the town world-wide publicity, and fueled the used-book business that had already taken hold in the town. Unlike some claimants to "micronationdom", Richard Booth does not pretend to take his claims seriously.