POLE, Charles (1695-1779), of Holcroft, Lancs.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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19 Mar. 1756 - 1761

Family and Education

bap. 6 Sept. 1695, 5th s. of Samuel Pole of Radbourne, nr. Derby by Anne, da. of William Mundy of Markeaton, Derbys.  m. Anne, da. and h. of John Johnston of Lancs., 1s. 3da.

Offices Held

Commr. of the Africa Co. for Liverpool 1759, for London 1767-8; director, Sun Fire Insurance 1760-73, chairman 1773-6.


Pole was a merchant and insurer. He was established in London at the latest by 1740, and traded with Africa and the West Indies. Supported by Government he was returned in 1756 unopposed at Liverpool on the corporation interest. In 1761 he stood jointly with Ellis Cunliffe, again on the corporation interest, but was defeated. His successful opponent, Sir William Meredith, described him as ‘an honest, unexceptionable man’.1 Two speeches by Pole are recorded in a period when reports are very scarce.

He died in October 1779.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Mary M. Drummond


  • 1. Meredith to Burke, 28 Oct. 1767.