Christopher Curwen (MP)

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Christopher Curwen (died 1450) was an English soldier, administrator and politician.

He was the son of Sir William Curwen of Workington, Cumberland and his first wife Alice. He succeeded his father in 1403 and was knighted by 1404.

He was a Member (MP) of the Parliament of England for Appleby in September 1397, for Cumberland in November 1414, 1423, 1425, 1427, 1431 and 1432.[1]

He was appointed High Sheriff of Cumberland for 1415–16, 1423–24, 1427–28, 1433–34, 1437–38 and 1444–45. He was also a Justice of the Peace for Cumberland from 1435 to 1439 and 1443 to 1448.

From 1417 he saw military service under John, Lord Neville, in Henry V’s second expedition against the French, as leader of 44 lances and 113 archers. He was made keeper of the castle of Danville in Normandy and in 1419 he and his male heirs were granted in perpetuity the castle of Cany-en-Caux and the lordship of Caux, which had been confiscated from the Duke of Bavaria.

He died in 1450 and was buried at Workington church. He married Elizabeth, the daughter of Sir John Huddlestone of Millom Castle; they had two sons. He was succeeded by his elder son, Thomas.


  1. ^ Christopher Curwen History of Parliament