Charles Garth

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Charles Garth, (c.1734 – 9 March 1784) was a British Member of Parliament (MP) and Colonial Agent in pre-revolutionary America.

Early life[edit]

Brownston House, Devizes, Wiltshire

He was born in about 1734, the son of John Garth MP and Rebecca, daughter of John Brompton and granddaughter of Sir Richard Raynsford, Lord Chief Justice of the King's bench.

Garth was educated at Merton College, Oxford and the Inner Temple, being called to the bar in 1758.[1]

Career[edit]

Garth was the Crown Agent for South Carolina, Georgia, and briefly Maryland between 1763 and 1775.

In 1764 he succeeded father as MP for Devizes and was re-elected in 1765, 1768 and 1780. He relinquished seat in November 1780 to become HM Commissioner for Exercise. He also followed his father by serving as Recorder of Devizes.

Garth lived at Brownston House, Devizes, in the 1760s and 1770s. He died on 9 March 1784 while living at Walthamstow.[1]

Family[edit]

References[edit]

  • LB Namier, The English Historical Review, volume 54, 1939.
  • The Annual Register, Edmund Burke, 1830
  • Blackwoods Edinburgh Magazine, 1819, page 506
  1. ^ a b "GARTH, Charles (c.1734-84), of Brownston House, Devizes, Wilts. - History of Parliament Online". www.historyofparliamentonline.org.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Garth
and William Willy
Member of Parliament for Devizes
1764–1780
Served alongside: William Willy (1764–1765)
James Sutton (1765–1780)
Sir James Tylney Long, Bt. (1780–1780)
Succeeded by
Sir James Tylney Long, Bt.
and Henry Jones