Carew Raleigh

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This article concerns Sir Walter Raleigh's brother. For his namesake and nephew, Sir Walter's son, see Carew Raleigh (1605-1666)

Sir Carew Raleigh or Ralegh (ca. 1550 – ca. 1625),was an English naval commander and politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1586 and 1622. He was the elder brother of Sir Walter Raleigh,

Raleigh was born in Devon, the son of Walter Raleigh and Catherine Champernowne. He was gentleman of the horse to John Thynne of Longleat for some time before Thynne's death in 1580. In 1578, Raleigh served on the expedition led by his half-brother, Sir Humphrey Gilbert. On his marriage he sold his property in Devon, and settled at Downton House, near Salisbury. He was Lieutenant of the Isle of Portland from 6 July 1584 until 1625. In 1584 he was elected Member of Parliament for Wiltshire. In 1586, he was on the list of sea-captains drawn up to meet the threat of a Spanish invasion together with his brother Sir Walter and his two elder half-brothers, George and John. He was re-elected MP for Wiltshire in 1586. In 1589 he was elected MP for Ludgershall. From 1591 to 1603 he was Vice-Admiral of Dorset. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1601 at Basing House. In 1601 he was elected MP for Fowey and in 1604 he was elected MP for Downton. He was elected MP for Downton again in 1621.[1]

Aubrey says of Raleigh that he "had a delicate clear voice, and played skilfully on the olpharion"[2]

Raleigh married Dorothy Thynne, widow of Sir John Thynne and daughter of Sir William Wroughton of Broad Heighton, Wiltshire. Their sons included Walter Raleigh, DD, who became Dean of Wells.[2]


  1. ^ History of Parliament Online - Raleigh, Carew
  2. ^ a b The first edition of this text is available as an article on Wikisource:  "Ralegh, Walter (1552?-1618)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Sir Christopher Hatton
Vice-Admiral of Dorset
Succeeded by
Thomas Howard, 3rd Viscount Howard of Bindon