BARROW, Charles (1707-89), of Highgrove, Glos.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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19 Nov. 1751 - 10 Jan. 1789

Family and Education

b. 1707 in St. Kitts, o.s. of Charles Barrow, merchant, of St. Kitts by Elizabeth, da. of Lt.-Gov. Harris of the Leeward Islands.  m. c.1728, Mary, da. of Daniel Randall of Gloucester, s.p. cr. Bt. with sp. rem. to Thomas Crawley Boevey of Flaxley Abbey, Glos., husband of his 1st cos. once removed, 22 Jan. 1784.

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Barrow was returned unopposed for Gloucester in 1751 and 1754 on the Tory interest. In 1761 he joined a Whig, G. A. Selwyn, against another Tory; and came out head of the poll. He appears in Fox’s list of Members favourable to the peace preliminaries. On 11 Mar. 1763 he made his first reported speech, against the cider tax; and spoke on the same subject on 13 Mar.—‘Barrow attempted wit without shewing much of it’, wrote James Harris. He voted against Administration over general warrants, 15 and 18 Feb. 1764; and was classed by Newcastle on 10 May as a doubtful friend. He was brought into contact with the Rockingham group by William Dowdeswell, his ‘very particular friend’;