CROSBIE, William (c.1740-98), of Upper Seymour Street, Marylebone, Mdx.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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1790 - 1796

Family and Education

b. c.1740, s. of Maj. John Crosbie, and bro. of Maj.-Gen. Charles Crosbie (d. 18 Mar. 1807), John Crosbie of Antigua, planter, and Elizabeth, w. of Lt.-Gen. Sir James Lockhart Ross, 4th Bt. ?unm. issue.

Offices Held

Ensign 38 Ft. 1757, lt. 1759, capt. 1769, maj. 1778; maj. 7 Ft. 1778; barrack master-gen. N. America 1780; lt.-col. 22 Ft. 1781, brevet col.1790; col 89 Ft. 1793, maj.-gen. (on continent) 1793, maj.-gen. 1794; col. 22 Ft. 1795; lt. gov. Portsmouth at d.


Crosbie came in on the Newcastle interest. He doubtless supported Pitt, but no vote or speech is known. In 1791 he was listed hostile to the repeal of the Test Act in Scotland. In 1793 he was serving abroad. He died 16 June 1798. The Duke of York informed the King that Crosbie ‘made away with himself at Portsmouth ... He had appeared very low and unwell for some time, and was undoubtedly under the influence of mental derangement.’

PCC 469 Walpole; J. W. Fortescue, Hist. Brit. Army, iv. 210, 295; Geo. III. Corresp. ii. 1765.

Ref Volumes: 1790-1820

Author: P. A. Symonds