RUMBOLD, Charles Edmund (1788-1857), of Watton, Herts.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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1818 - 1834
1837 - 1847
8 July 1848 - 1857

Family and Education

b. 11 Aug. 1788, 5th s. of Sir Thomas Rumbold, 1st Bt., of Woodhall, Watton, by 2nd w. Joanna, da. of Rt. Rev. Edmund Law, DD, bp. of Carlisle. educ. Oriel, Oxf. 1806, Trinity Coll. Camb. 1808-10; European Tour 1812-13. m. by 1834, Harriet, da. of John Gardner of Ashford, Kent, 3s.

Offices Held


Rumbold was a witness of the allied recovery on the Continent in 1812-13. In 1818 he was running partner to Thomas William Anson on the latter’s family interest at Yarmouth. After spending £11,000 between them, they secured what was hailed as a Whig triumph. Rumbold’s mother, who was energetic on behalf of her only surviving son, cautioned him to dispense with ribbons, which ‘would add to the expense’. His association with Yarmouth proved a remarkably long one, though he was at first a difficult Member, much admonished by constituents. He voted steadily with the Whig opposition, eschewing radical motions. Thus he supported burgh reform, 1 Apr., 6 May 1819, but not Burdett’s motion for parliamentary reform, 1 July. He supported criminal law reform, 2 Mar. 1819. Having voted against repressive measures until 8 Dec. 1819, he returned on 20 Dec. to do so again. No speech of his is known before 1820. He died 31 May 1857.

Yarmouth borough archives, Rumbold pprs. 3-6.

Ref Volumes: 1790-1820

Author: R. G. Thorne