RALEIGH, Carew (aft.1675-1709), of Rectory House, Downton, Wilts.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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1698 - 1702

Family and Education

b. aft. 1675, 2nd but o. surv. s. of Sir Charles Raleigh*.  m. 9 Feb. 1697, Mary (d. 1711), da. of Richard Chaundler*, wid. of John Young, merchant, of Idmiston, Wilts., 1s. 1da.  suc. fa. 1698.1

Offices Held

?Ensign 1 Ft. Apr. 1688–9; ?cornet, Earl of Macclesfield’s (Charles Gerard*) Horse 1694–bef. Mar. 1702; page of honour by 1692–97.2


Whether it was Raleigh or a namesake who held two minor army commissions in William III’s reign has not been established. What is more probable is that he was a page of honour by 1692. In 1694 his father was issued with a warrant for reimbursement of the equipage of a page, presumably for money laid out for Carew. A ‘Mr Raleigh’ was reported in 1696 to have fought a duel with a fellow page, in Flanders, and by the following year both Raleigh and his protagonist, George Feilding, were no longer pages of honour. The following year ‘Carew Raleigh’ was given a pass to travel again, to Holland in the company of Thomas Coke*. Elected on his own interest at Downton in 1698, after the death of his father, and listed as a placeman, he was classed as a supporter of the Court party in a comparison of the old and new Parliaments, but was not recorded as voting in January 1699 against the disbanding bill. On 2 Mar. 1699 he was granted leave of absence for ten days. At the election he and the other outgoing Member, the Whig John Eyre, stood together, defeating (Sir) Charles Duncombe*. In March 1701 ‘Carew Raleigh’ petitioned for the continuance for life of his salary as a page, and in the following year Carew Brooke Raleigh, ‘late page of honour’, was granted a pension of £120 p.a. Although he and Eyre were said by another Whig to have ‘behaved themselves like honest men’ in the Commons’ debates in May 1701, he was absent, in his county, at the beginning of June, and was placed with the Tories in Robert Harley’s* list in December. He acted as a teller for the only time on 28 Feb. 1702, against permitting the committee inquiring into the administration of Christopher Codrington in the West Indies to hear the depositions of a legal officer there. He did not put up for re-election in July.3

Raleigh died in 1709 without making a will and was buried at Downton on 19 Mar. Administration of his estate was granted to his widow.4

Ref Volumes: 1690-1715

Authors: D. W. Hayton / Henry Lancaster


  • 1. Hoare, Wilts. Downton, 37; Misc. Gen. et Her. ser. 5, ix. 110–11, 176; Coll. Top. et Gen. viii. 202; Wilts. N. and Q. vi. 99; PCC 16 Barnes.
  • 2. CSP Dom. 1687–9, p. 180; Cal. Treas. Bks. xvi. 54; xvii. 3, 148, 688.
  • 3. Cal. Treas. Bks. x. 615; xvi. 54; xvii. 3, 148; Luttrell, Brief Relation, iv. 79; CSP Dom. 1697, p. 141; 1700–2, p. 509; Wilts. RO, Radnor mss 490/909, Sir James Ashe, 2nd Bt.*, to John Snow, 30 Nov. 1700, May 1701; Add. 70036, f. 202.
  • 4. Misc. Gen. et Her. 202; Hoare, 36–37.