POLE CAREW, Reginald (1753-1835), of Antony, Cornw.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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13 Dec. 1782 - 1784
4 June 1787 - 1790
1790 - 1796
1796 - June 1799
1802 - 1812
1812 - Mar. 1816

Family and Education

b. 28 July 1753, 1st s. of Reginald Pole of Stoke Damerel, Devon by Anne, da. of John Francis Buller, M.P., sis. of Francis, James, and John of Morval, Cornw.  educ. University Coll. Oxf. 1771.  m. (1) 18 Nov. 1784, Jemima (d. 16 July 1804), da. and h. of Hon. John Yorke, 2s. 6da.; (2) 4 May 1808, Hon. Caroline Anne Lyttelton, da. of William Henry, 1st Baron Lyttelton, 2s. 2da.  suc. fa. 1769; and to Antony under the will of Sir Coventry Carew, 6th Bt. 1772, and took add. name of Carew.

Offices Held

Commr. for auditing public accounts 1799; undersec. of state for Home affairs 1803-4; P.C. 14 Jan. 1805.


In 1782 Pole Carew was returned at Penryn, probably on Sir Francis Basset’s interest. He voted against Shelburne’s peace preliminaries, 18 Feb. 1783; does not appear in the division on Fox’s East India bill, 27 Nov. 1783; and was listed by Stockdale, 19 Mar. 1784, as ‘Opposition’. No speech by him is reported in this Parliament. He apparently was interested in penal reform, and on the draft of the hard labour bill, wrote to his friend Jeremy Bentham, 10 Sept. 1783: ‘As I am almost a stranger to the modern parts of our legislation may I venture to ask if any advantage has been taken of the many useful hints you have furnished?’1

Pole Carew did not stand at the general election of 1784, but in 1787 was returned for Reigate by his wife’s uncle, the 2nd Lord Hardwicke. He voted with Pitt over the Regency, 1788-9, and on 8 June 1789 made his only reported speech before 1790—supporting Addington’s election as Speaker.

He died 3 Jan. 1835.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Mary M. Drummond


  • 1. Add. 33439, f. 411.