LEMON, Charles (1784-1868), of Carclew, Cornw.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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1807 - 1812
1830 - 1831
1831 - 1832
1832 - 1841
16 Feb. 1842 - 1857

Family and Education

b. 30 Sept. 1784, 2nd but o. surv. s. of Sir William Lemon, 1st Bt.*, of Carclew by Jane, da. of James Buller of Morval, Cornw. educ. Harrow 1798-1803; Christ Church, Oxf. 1803. m. 5 Dec. 1810, Lady Charlotte Anne Fox Strangways, da. of Henry Thomas Fox Strangways, 2nd Earl of Ilchester, 2s. 1da. all d.v.p. suc. fa. as 2nd Bt. 11 Dec. 1824.

Offices Held

Sheriff, Cornw. 1827-8; dep.-warden of the stannaries 1852.

Cornet, Dorset yeoman cav. 1813.


Soon after he came of age, Lemon served his parliamentary apprenticeship, sitting for Penryn on the interest of a family friend, Lord de Dunstanville. He seems to have enjoyed freedom of action and, as the Marquess of Buckingham predicted, chose to act with opposition.1 On 6 July 1807 he voted with them for a committee on the state of the nation, as ‘Captain Lemon’. He divided with them on 3 Mar. 1808 against the orders in council and on the 14th against the mutiny bill. On 5 and 11 May 1808 his votes indicated that he was favourable to Catholic claims. Lord Auckland believed that ‘Mr Lemon’ was going to Spain as one of the young volunteers in the revolt against Buonaparte.2 It was from 1810 onwards that he became a sufficiently regular voter with the Whigs to be listed by them in that year as a ‘present supporter’. His marriage confirmed his loyal