CREW, Thomas (c.1624-97), of Steane, Northants.

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

Dates

18 July 1661
Mar. 1679

Family and Education

b. c.1624, 1st s. of John Crew. educ. G. Inn 1641; Padua 1647. m. (1) May 1650, Mary, da. of Sir Roger Townshend, 1st Bt., of Raynham, Norf., 1s. d.v.p. 3da.; (2) 1674, Anne, da. and coh. of Sir William Armine, 2nd Bt., of Osgodby, Lincs., wid. of Sir Thomas Wodehouse of Kimberley, Norf., 2da. Kntd. 26 Sept. 1660; suc. fa. as 2nd Baron Crew of Stene 12 Dec. 1679.1

Offices Held

J.p. Northants. 1656-at least 1666, commr. for militia 1659, Mar. 1660, assessment Aug. 1660-79, dep. lt. c. Aug. 1660-2; high steward, Banbury 1683-Oct. 1688.2

Biography

Crew was re-elected in 1660 to the family borough, two miles from Steane, without a contest. He seems to have been completely inactive in the Convention, in which his father also sat, though Lord Wharton regarded him as a friend. In the following election he was involved in a double return with Sir William Fermor, decided in his favour on 18 July 1661. He does not appear to have held county office for long, and his committee record suggests that he was one of the least active Members of the Cavalier Parliament; he was added to the committee of elections and privileges in 1666 and 1673 and to that for an estate bill in 1678. Perhaps his health was poor; he was suffering from continued apoplectic fits in 1662 and troubled with the vapours and dizzy spells in the following year. Nevertheless, Samuel Pepys found him ‘mighty busy’ to save his brother-in-law, Lord Sandwich (Edward Montagu I) from the committee for miscarriages in 1668, and with his father ‘bemoaning my lord’s folly in leaving his old interest, by which he hath now lost all’. Although he appears on the list drawn up by