CROWLE, Charles John (c.1738-1811), of Fryston Hall, Yorks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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26 May 1769 - 1774

Family and Education

b. c.1738, o.s. of Richard Crowle. educ. Westminster, adm. Jan. 1749, aged 8; Trinity, Camb. 30 July 1757, aged 19; I. Temple 1755. unm. suc. fa. 1757.

Offices Held


Lord Tavistock wrote to his father, 5 Nov. 1762, recommending Crowle to the Duke’s protection ‘during his stay at Paris’:1 ‘I knew him at school and he was afterwards very civil to me in Italy, he is not very wise but an inoffensive good humoured lad.’

Crowle was returned for Richmond in 1769 on the interest of Sir Lawrence Dundas, in place of Alexander Wedderburn who had vacated his seat because of his vote on the Middlesex election. ‘You will have heard that Richmond was offered to Raby Vane’, wrote Sir James Lowther to Charles Jenkinson, 28 May 1769,2 ‘and he not taking it, then to Crowle, a great friend of young Dundas’s.’

Crowle appears in no division list for this Parliament, but presumably as Dundas’s Member he voted with Administration, and in Robinson’s survey on the royal marriage bill, March 1772, is classed as ‘pro, present’. His only recorded speech was on the Selby canal bill, 2 Apr. 1773.3 He did not stand in 1774.

Crowle died 7 Mar. 1811, aged 73.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: John Brooke


  • 1. Bedford mss 46, f. 96.
  • 2. Add. 38206, f. 121.
  • 3. Cavendish’s ‘Debates’, Egerton 245, ff. 194-5.