Robert Carden

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"City justice"
Carden as caricatured by Spy (Leslie Ward) in Vanity Fair, December 1880

Sir Robert Walter Carden, 1st Baronet (7 October 1801 – 19 January 1888) was a British banker and Conservative politician.

Carden was the son of James Carden and his wife Mary (née Walter). In 1816, he took a commission in the 52nd (Oxfordshire) Regiment of Foot.

Sir Robert Walter Carden in 1857

Later a successful banker, he was knighted in 1851. He served as Sheriff of London for 1850 and was elected Lord Mayor of London for 1857. He was elected to the House of Commons as one of two representatives for Gloucester in 1857, a seat he held until 1859. Carden was out of Parliament for more than twenty years, but returned in 1880 when he was elected Member of Parliament for Barnstaple, which he remained until 1885. Apart from his business and political career he also served as a Justice of the Peace for Surrey and Middlesex. In June 1887, aged 85, he was created a baronet, of Molesey in the County of Surrey.[1]

Carden married Pamela Elizabeth Edith, daughter of William Smith Andrews, in 1827. They had three sons and seven daughters. She died in 1874. Carden survived her by fourteen years and died in January 1888, aged 86. He was succeeded in the baronetcy by his eldest son Frederick.


  1. ^ "No. 25709". The London Gazette. 14 June 1887. p. 3219. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Maurice Berkeley
William Philip Price
Member of Parliament for Gloucester
With: William Philip Price
Succeeded by
William Philip Price
Charles James Monk
Preceded by
Thomas Cave
Viscount Lymington
Member of Parliament for Barnstaple
2-seat constituency until 1885

With: Viscount Lymington
Succeeded by
George Pitt-Lewis
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Molesey)
1887 – 1888
Succeeded by
Frederick Walter Carden