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Christopher Musgrave

Birthplace: Edenhall, Cumberland, England
Death: January 03, 1736 (47)
Penwortham, Lancashire, England
Place of Burial: Penwortham, Lancashire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Philip Musgrave, MP; Philip Musgrave (Member of Parliament); Hon Mary Musgrave and Mary Legge
Husband of Julia Chardin
Father of Sir Philip Musgrave, 6th Baronet; Julia Hasell; Christopher Musgrave; Hans Musgrave; Chardin Musgrave and 6 others
Brother of Barbara Howard and George Musgrave

Occupation: Baronet, MP
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About Sir Christopher Musgrave, MP, 5th Baronet of Eden Hall

Sir Christopher Musgrave, 5th Baronet (25 December 1688 – 20 January 1736) of Eden Hall, Cumbria was an English baronet and politician.

He was born the son of Philip Musgrave and the grandson of Sir Christopher Musgrave, 4th Baronet. He succeeded his father in 1689 and his grandfather as 5th Baronet in 1704.

He was Clerk of the Privy Council from 1712 to 1716 and a commissioner Keeper of the Privy Seal in 1715. He was a Member of Parliament (MP) for Carlisle from 1713 to 1715 and for Cumberland from 1722 to 1727.

He married Julia, the daughter of Sir John Chardin of Kempton Park, Middlesex. They had 7 sons and 4 daughters. He was succeeded as baronet by his eldest son Philip.


Musgrave belonged to one of the chief Cumberland families. His grandfather, Sir Christopher Musgrave, a leading Tory politician, sat in Parliament for 43 years till his death in 1704. Under James II his father, Philip, M.P. Appleby 1685-7, obtained the post of clerk of the Privy Council, which descended to Musgrave via an uncle. In 1713 he was returned for Carlisle, where his family had a strong interest, though it was thought that if he had chosen to stand on the high Tory interest for the county he could easily have thrown out Gilfrid Lawson.1 He did not stand in 1715 on learning that he would be opposed by Lord Carlisle,2 but in 1722 he was returned for Cumberland, in the last contested election for that county for 46 years. In 1723 he and the Duke of Wharton are said to have taken an occasion of treating about three score of the country people and, after they had drunk a good deal, the Duke and Sir Christopher Musgrave pulled off their coats and waistcoats, fell down upon their knees, and drank the Pretender’s health. Knatchbull describes him as ‘a hot headed fellow’, who by his ‘heat’ was apt to play into the hands of the Government in the House of Commons and ‘spoil a fair game’. In 1725 he was one of five Tories who voted against the restoration of Bolingbroke’s estates. He did not stand again, and died 3 Jan. 1736.

Sir Christopher Musgrave, MP, 5th Baronet of Eden Hall, born 25 Dec. 1688, o.s. of Philip Musgrave, M.P., by Mary, da. of George Legge, M.P., 1st Baron Dartmouth. educ. Ch. Ch. Oxf. 1706. m. 21 June 1711, Julia, da. of Sir John Chardin of Kempton Park, Mdx., 11 ch. suc. fa. 1689, gd.-fa. as 5th Bt. 29 July 1704.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754 Author: Romney R. Sedgwick Notes 1. HMC Portland, v. 343. 2. R. S. Ferguson, Cumb. and Westmld. M.P.s, 101-4. 3. HMC Lonsdale, 123. 4. Knatchbull Diary, 23 Jan., 20 Apr. 1725

From the book "Baronetage of England," publ. 1806: V. Sir CHRISTOPHER, son of Philip, succeeded his grandfather, Sir Christopher. He married Julia, daughter of Sir John Chardin, Knt. and from Her brother, Sir John Chardin, Bart, who died without issue, her son, Sir Philip Musgrave, Bart, became possessed of Kempton Park, in Middlesex, in the year 1746. By her he had issue, 1, Philip ; 2, Christopher; 3, Hans; 4, Chardin; 5, Mary; 6, Julia; 7, Barbara; 8, Anne; 9, Elizabeth; 10, Charlotte; and 11, Dorothy. Sir Christopher died Jan. 3, 1736, and was succeeded in title and estate by his son, Sir Phillip.

MP for Carlisle 1713-1715 and Cumberland 1722-1727

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December 25, 1688
Edenhall, Cumberland, England
Edenhall, Cumberland, England (United Kingdom)
August 7, 1716
of, Edenhall, Cumberland , England
June 9, 1726
January 3, 1736
Age 47
Penwortham, Lancashire, England