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

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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Oct. 1679
1690 - Sept. 1691

Family and Education

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

Offices Held

Commr. for assessment, Salop 1679-80, Devon and Salop 1689-d.; sub-commr. for prizes, Plymouth ?1689-d.2


Carew received a portion of £500 under his father’s will, enough to cover his premium as apprentice to a Levant merchant and stock in trade besides. He went out to Smyrna in 1661, joining two of his brothers who both died there. He probably returned to England in 1673, and in the following year married the sister-in-law of Sidney Godolphin II. Although an uncle of the same name survived until 1685 or 1686 it was probably Carew who unsuccessfully contested Saltash at the first general election of 1679 on the family interest. His petition was referred to the committee of elections and privileges, but never reported. He or his uncle sat for Callington in the second and third Exclusion Parliaments on the Rolle interest. Probably a supporter of exclusion like his brother, he was not appointed to any committees and made no recorded speeches in either Parliament. Although a placeman after the Revolution he was listed among the Opposition in 1690. He was buried at Antony on 18 Sept. 1691. He bequeathed his Shropshire property to his brother’s family.3

Ref Volumes: 1660-1690

Author: Paula Watson


  • 1. The Gen. n.s. xxiv. 23-24; xxv. 154; Mont. Colls. xiii. 119.
  • 2. Cal. Treas. Bks. ix. 1307.
  • 3. Information from Miss Sonia P. Anderson; Courtney, Parl. Rep. Cornw. 151, 273; HMC Downshire, i. 387; PCC 5 Fane.