CAREW, Thomas II (1632-73), of Haccombe, Devon.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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1661 - Sept. 1673

Family and Education

bap. 21 June 1632, 1st s. of Thomas Carew of Haccombe by Anne, da. of Thomas Clifford, DD, of Ugbrooke, Chudleigh. educ. M. Temple, entered 1649; Exeter, Oxf. 1650, BA 1653, MA 1655. m. (1) c.1650, Elizabeth, da. and coh. of Sir Henry Carew of Bickleigh, 3s (2 d.v.p.) 3da.; (2) lic. 20 June 1672, Martha, da. and coh. of Arthur Duck, DCL, of South Cadbury, Som., wid. of Nicholas Duck of Mount Radford, nr. Exeter, Devon, 1da. suc. fa. 1656; cr. Bt. 2 Aug. 1661.1

Offices Held

J.p. Devon Mar. 1660-d., commr. for militia Mar. 1660, capt. of militia horse Apr. 1660, commr. for assessment 1661-d., oyer and terminer, Exeter 1664, inquiry into Newfoundland govt. 1667; dep. lt. Devon 1670-d.; sub-commr. of prizes, Plymouth 1672-d.2

Gent. of the privy chamber 1668-d.3


Carew’s ancestors settled in Devon about the beginning of the 14th century. Other branches produced knights of the shire in Tudor times, but the Haccombe family was less prominent. Carew’s father took no part in public life, and he may have owed his return for Tiverton at the general election of 1661 to his father-in-law, the last of the elder branch of the family, whose imposing residence lay some four miles away. An inactive Member of the Cavalier Parliament, Carew was appointed to 23 committees, the most important being to consider restraints on juries in 1668 and to receive information about conventicles in the following year. His court appointment of 1668 reflects the rise to power of his cousin Thomas Clifford, who was no doubt also responsible for his excise pension of £400. But he was not listed as a court supporter in 1669-71. During the second Dutch war he was given a post in the prize office, and he was also discharged the £1,500 for which he stood liable when a Devonshire tax-collector absconded. Nevertheless, according to his nuncupative will dated 13 Sept. 1673 he left a personal estate of only £480, half of it arrears of salary as sub-commissioner of prizes, and debts over £1,000. One creditor came to the house where he died on the day of the funeral ‘and made some disturbances to hinder the corpse from being carried out’, until the young heir agreed to renew the bond. Carew was the only member of the Haccombe branch of his family to sit in Parliament.4

Ref Volumes: 1660-1690

Author: John. P. Ferris


  • 1. Trans. Devon Assoc. lvii. 333.
  • 2. Parl. Intell. 7 May 166O; APC Col. i. 433; C6/35/47.
  • 3. Carlisle, Privy Chamber, 181.
  • 4. Trans. Devon Assoc. lvi. 313; J. Prince, Worthies of Devon, 164; Lysons, Devon, 45; Browning, Danby, i. 170; Letters to Williamson (Cam. Soc. ix), 54; C6/35/47.