Sir Christopher Musgrave, 4th Baronet

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Sir Christopher Musgrave, 4th Baronet (c 1632 – 29 July 1704) was an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1661 to 1704, and briefly became Father of the House in 1704 as the member with the longest unbroken service.

Musgrave was the son of Sir Philip Musgrave, 2nd Baronet of Edenhall and his wife Julia Hutton daughter of Sir Richard Hutton of Goldsborough, Yorkshire. He matriculated at Queen's College, Oxford on 10 July 1651 and was awarded his B.A. on the same date. He was a student of Gray's Inn in 1654. As a young man, he was active in the Royal cause. He was captain of the Guards before 1661.[1]

In 1661, Musgrave was elected Member of Parliament for Carlisle in the Cavalier Parliament.[2] He was knighted in 1671 and was Mayor of Carlisle in 1672. In 1677 he was governor of Carlisle. He was re-elected MP for Carlisle in the two elections of 1679 in 1681 and in 1685. He succeeded to the baronetcy on the death of his brother in about 1687.[1]

In 1690 Musgrave was elected MP for Westmorland. He was elected MP for Appleby in 1695 and for Oxford University in 1698. In 1700 he was elected MP for Westmorland for a second time and in 1701 he was elected MP for Totnes. He was elected MP for Westmorland for the third time in 1702.[2] Queen Anne made him one of the four tellers of the Exchequer.[1]

Musgrave died of apoplexy at the age of 72 at St. James', Westminster and was buried at Trinity Minories, London.[1]

Musgrave married firstly on 31 May 1660 Mary Cogan eldest daughter of Sir Andrew Cogan, of East Greenwich, Kent. She died in childbirth at Carlisle Castle on 8 July 1664 aged 27 and was buried at St. Cuthbert's, Edenhall. He married secondly by licence dated 16 April 1671 Elizabeth Francklyn daughter of Sir John Francklyn, of Willesden, Middlesex. She died on 11 April 1701, and was buried at Edenhall.[1]

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Parliament of England
Preceded by
William Briscoe
Jeremiah Tolhurst
Member of Parliament for Carlisle
1661-1690
With: Sir Philip Howard
Viscount Morpeth
James Grahme
Jeremiah Bubb
Succeeded by
Jeremiah Bubb
Christopher Musgrave
Preceded by
Sir John Lowther
Goodwin Wharton
Member of Parliament for Westmorland
1690-1695
With: Sir John Lowther
Succeeded by
Sir John Lowther
Sir Richard Sandford
Preceded by
William Cheyne
Sir John Walter
Member of Parliament for Appleby
1695-1698
With: Sir William Twysden
Sir John Walter
Succeeded by
Sir John Walter
Gervase Pierrepont
Preceded by
Heneage Finch
Sir William Trumbull
Member of Parliament for Oxford University
1698-1700
With: Sir William Glynne, 2nd Baronet
Succeeded by
Heneage Finch
William Bromley
Preceded by
Sir Richard Sandford
William Fleming
Member of Parliament for Westmorland
1700-1701
With: Henry Graham
Succeeded by
Henry Graham
Sir Richard Sandford
Preceded by
Thomas Coulson
Francis Gwyn
Member of Parliament for Totnes
1701-1702
With: Thomas Coulson
Succeeded by
Thomas Coulson
William Seymour
Preceded by
Henry Graham
Sir Richard Sandford
Member of Parliament for Westmorland
1702-1704
With: Henry Graham
Succeeded by
Henry Graham
William Fleming
Preceded by
Thomas Turgis
Father of the House
1704
Succeeded by
Thomas Strangways