CAREW, Richard (1641-91), of Abertanat, Salop.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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Oct. 1679 - Mar. 1681
1690 - c. Sept. 1691

Family and Education

bap. 21 Apr. 1641, 6th but 4th surv. s. of Sir Alexander Carew, 2nd Bt.†; bro. of Sir John Carew, 3rd Bt.*  m. lic. 31 July 1674, Penelope, da. and coh. of Rice Tanat of Abertanat, s.p.1

Offices Held

Sub-commr. prizes, Plymouth ?1689–d.2


Returned for Saltash on his family’s interest in 1690, Carew was listed as a Whig by Lord Carmarthen (Sir Thomas Osborne†) in March 1690, and by Robert Harley* in April 1691 as a Court supporter. His one parliamentary action of note was consistent with this as on 17 May he acted as a teller for the motion that the right of election for New Windsor lay in the mayor, bailiffs and select burgesses only, a franchise which favoured the Court Whig candidates. He made his will at Plymouth on 22 Aug. 1691, leaving most of his property to his brother. He was replaced as a sub-commissioner at Plymouth on 15 Sept. and buried at Antony on the 18th. After his death a dispute arose over the property he had inherited through his wife in Denbighshire, Montgomeryshire and Shropshire, which it was claimed should have reverted to his sisters-in-law upon payment of £4,000 by his executors, rather than go to his heir, his nephew, Sir Richard Carew, 4th Bt. In the event, in January 1698 the House of Lords reversed a decree in the 4th baronet’s favour.3

Ref Volumes: 1690-1715

Authors: Eveline Cruickshanks / Stuart Handley


  • 1. Vivian, Vis. Devon, 142; The Gen. xxv. 154.
  • 2. Cal. Treas. Bks. ix. 1307.
  • 3. Vivian, 142; Cal. Treas. Bks. 1307; PCC 5 Fane; HMC Lords, n.s. iii. 6–7.