CRAVEN, Thomas (c.1715-72), of Benham Park, nr. Newbury, Berks.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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2 Apr. 1766 - 14 Dec. 1772

Family and Education

b. c.1715, 4th s. of John Craven of Whitley, Warws. (bro. of William, 2nd Baron Craven), by Maria Rebecca da. of Henry Green of Wyken, Warws.; bro. of William Craven. unm.

Offices Held

Lt. R.N. 1739; capt. 1746; r.-adm. 1770.


Craven was returned unopposed in 1766. He was classed by Rockingham and Newcastle as a Tory, and by Charles Townshend as a country gentleman; and he voted against the Government on the land tax, 27 Feb. 1767, and the nullum tempus bill, 17 Feb. 1768. At the poll for Berkshire in 1768 Craven came second, but with a comfortable majority. He voted with the court over Wilkes and the Middlesex election, and on the royal marriage bill Robinson classed him as a Government supporter. He is not known to have spoken in the House.  He died 14 Dec. 1772.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: John Brooke