1624-1697. An English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1654 and 1679 when he inherited the peerage Baron Crew. Son of John Crew, 1st Baron Crew of Stene.


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Thomas Crew, 2nd Baron Crew of Stene (1624-1697) (Peter Lely)

Thomas Crew, 2nd Baron Crew (1624 – 30 November 1697) of Steane, Northamptonshire was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1654 and 1679, when he inherited the peerage Baron Crew.


Jemima Waldegrave, Thomas Crew's mother

Crew was the son of John Crew, 1st Baron Crew and his wife Jemima Waldegrave, daughter of Edward Waldegrave of Lawford Hall, Essex. He was a student of Gray's Inn in 1641 and was studying in Padua in 1647.[1]

In 1656, Crew was elected Member of Parliament for Northamptonshire in the Second Protectorate Parliament. He was elected MP for Brackley in 1659 for the Third Protectorate Parliament.[1]

In 1660, Crew was elected MP for Brackley in the Convention Parliament. He was re-elected MP for Brackley for the Cavalier Parliament in 1661.[1] In 1679 he inherited the barony on the death of his father.

Crew died at the age of 73. As he had no male issue, his fortune was devolved upon his daughters as co-heiresses, while the barony passed to his brother, Rev. Nathaniel Crew.[2]


Crew married firstly Mary Townshend, the eldest daughter of Sir Roger Townshend, 1st Baronet of Raynham, Norfolk, by whom he had surviving issue:[2]

  • Anne Crew (d. bef 1696), married to John Jolliff Esq., of Coston.[2]
  • Temperance Crew (d. 18 October 1728), married firstly to Rowland, son and heir of Sir Alston Bart of Odell and secondly to Sir John Wolstenholme, 3rd Baronet of Enfield.[2]

Crew married secondly in 1674, Anne, daughter and co-heiress of Sir William Armine, 2nd Baronet. By her, he had four daughters:[2]


  1. ^ a b c History of Parliament Online - Crew, Thomas
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Sir Bernard Burke. A genealogical history of the dormant, abeyant, forfeited, and extinct peerages of the British empire, Harrison, 1866. pg 146. Google eBook

6 Annotations

First Reading

Paul Brewster  •  Link

Wheatley footnote
Thomas Crew, afterwards knighted, eldest son of John, afterwards Lord Crew, whom he succeeded in that title as second Lord. He died 1697.

vicenzo  •  Link

Crew, John (1598-1679) 1st Baron Crew of Stene:

Pauline  •  Link

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.

Pauline  •  Link

1650 married Mary Townsend
daughters Anne and Temperance, son Jack (died young)

1674 married Anne Armine/Armyne
daughters Jemima, Armine, Catherine, Elizabeth

Second Reading

Bill  •  Link

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.


Chris Squire UK  •  Link

DNB has:‘ . . In the king's coronation honours of 1661 [John Crew] was created Baron Crew of Steane, retiring from public prominence thereafter. However, he continued to feature in the political gambits of the Cavalier Parliament, is known to have frowned upon its Anglican policies, and was marked as ‘an opposition peer’ from 1675 . . Crew is frequently referred to by Pepys, who seems to have entertained a very high respect for him . . ‘.

We are in December 1661 so it seems obvious to me that when SP wrote ‘my Lord Crew’ he meant Lord Crew, who was still around, and not his son, ‘one of the least active Members of the Cavalier Parliament’.

So the link above is wrong and needs to be corrected [I humbly submit to our esteemed Editor] . .

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