Reginald Pole Carew

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Reginald Pole Carew (28 July 1753 – 3 January 1835) was a British politician.

Rt. Hon. Reginald Pole-Carew was born the son of Reginald Pole and Anne Buller of Stoke Damerel, Plymouth, Devon. He was educated at Winchester College and University College, Oxford and entered the Middle Temple in 1770. He lived at Antony House, Cornwall.


In 1782 he became MP for Penryn, in 1787 he became MP for Reigate and in 1790 he became MP for Lostwithiel. Then in 1796 he became MP for Fowey, giving up the seat in 1799 on taking Crown office as an Auditor of Public Accounts, but resuming his seat in 1802. In August 1803, he became Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department and in January 1805 was made a Privy Counsellor. In 1812 he became MP for Lostwithiel. .[1]

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1788.[2]

Art collection[edit]

Carew was a personal friend of Sir Joshua Reynolds who painted his portrait. He formed a substantial collection of etchings by Rembrandt, which were sold after his death by Benjamin Wheatley in London, 13–15 May 1835. Among the buyers was the British Museum who bought several examples.

Marriages and issue[edit]

He married Jemima Yorke, the daughter of Hon. John Yorke and Elizabeth Lygon, on 18 November 1784. Their children were:[3]

He married, secondly, Hon. Caroline Anne Lyttelton, daughter of William Henry Lyttelton, 1st Lord Lyttelton, Baron of Frankley and Caroline Bristow, on 4 May 1808. Their children were:

He died on 3 January 1835 at age 81.


  1. ^ "POLE CAREW, Reginald (1753-1835), of Antony, Cornw". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Fellow details". Royal Society. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Rt. Hon. Reginald Pole-Carew". The Peerage. 23 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Biography – Estcourt, James Bucknall Bucknall – Volume VIII (1851-1860) – Dictionary of Canadian Biography". Retrieved 22 September 2017.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Francis Basset
John Rogers
Member of Parliament for Penryn
With: Francis Basset
Succeeded by
Francis Basset
Sir John St Aubyn
Preceded by
William Bellingham
Edward Leeds
Member of Parliament for Reigate
With: William Bellingham 1787–89
Samuel Hood 1789–90
Succeeded by
John Cocks
Joseph Sydney Yorke
Preceded by
John Sinclair
John Thomas Ellis
Member of Parliament for Lostwithiel
With: Viscount Valletort 1790–91
George Smith 1791–96
Succeeded by
Hans Sloane
William Drummond
Preceded by
Philip Rashleigh
Sylvester Douglas
Member of Parliament for Fowey
With: Philip Rashleigh
Succeeded by
Philip Rashleigh
Edward Golding
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Philip Rashleigh
Edward Golding
Member of Parliament for Fowey
With: Edward Golding (July 1802–December 1802)
Robert Wigram snr (1802–1806)
Robert Wigram jnr (1806–1812)
Succeeded by
William Rashleigh
Robert Wigram jnr
Preceded by
George Peter Holford
Ebenezer Maitland
Member of Parliament for Lostwithiel
With: John Ashley Warre
Succeeded by
John Ashley Warre
Viscount Valletort