Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Wheatley footnoteThomas Crew, afterwards knighted, eldest son of John, afterwards Lord Crew, whom he succeeded in that title as second Lord. He died 1697.
Crew, John (1598-1679) 1st Baron Crew of Stene:
from L&M Companion, listing for "Crew. A leading parliamentarian and Presbyterian family...""...Thomas (c.1624-97), eldest son of the baron [John Crew, father of Sandwich's wife Jemima], was knighted in 1660, and succeeded to the barony in 1679. He was a strict Puritan, to judge by the wording of his will. He sat as M.P. for Northamptonshire 1656-8, and for Brackley in 1659 and 1679, but was not an active member. He had six daughters by his two marriages. Jack, a son by his first wife, died young.
1650 married Mary Townsenddaughters Anne and Temperance, son Jack (died young)
1674 married Anne Armine/Armynedaughters Jemima, Armine, Catherine, Elizabeth
Crew was re-elected in 1660 to the family borough, two miles from Steane, without a contest. He seems to have been completely inactive in the Convention, in which his father also sat, though Lord Wharton regarded him as a friend. In the following election he was involved in a double return with Sir William Fermor, decided in his favour on 18 July 1661. He does not appear to have held county office for long, and his committee record suggests that he was one of the least active Members of the Cavalier Parliament; he was added to the committee of elections and privileges in 1666 and 1673 and to that for an estate bill in 1678. Perhaps his health was poor; he was suffering from continued apoplectic fits in 1662 and troubled with the vapours and dizzy spells in the following year. Nevertheless, Samuel Pepys found him ‘mighty busy’ to save his brother-in-law, Lord Sandwich (Edward Montagu) from the committee for miscarriages in 1668, and with his father ‘bemoaning my lord’s folly in leaving his old interest, by which he hath now lost all’. Although he appears on the list drawn up by Sir Thomas Osborne in 1669 as one who might be engaged for the Court by the Duke of York, he probably remained in opposition. He was noted as ‘thrice worthy’ by Shaftesbury in 1677.
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