Charles Garth

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Charles Garth, Member of Parliament (MP), Colonial Agent in pre-revolutionary America, was born in about 1734, 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.


Merton College Oxford, Inner Temple. Called to the Bar in 1758.


  • Crown Agent for South Carolina, Georgia, briefly Maryland circa 1763–1775
  • 1764 Succeeded father as MP for Devizes, re-elected 1765, 1768, 1780. His Devizes Home was Brownston House [1] - a grade 1 listed building.
  • Relinquished seat in November 1780 to become HM Commissioner for Exercise.
  • Recorder of Devizes


Charles Garth lived at Brownston House, Devizes, in the 1760s and 1770s. He died in November 1784 while living at Walthamstow.


  • LB Namier, The English Historical Review, volume 54, 1939.
  • The Annual Register, Edmund Burke, 1830
  • Blackwoods Edinburgh Magazine, 1819, page 506
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Garth
and William Willy
Member of Parliament for Devizes
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