Christopher Idle

1771 - 8th Mar 1819


Christopher Idle, one of the assignees of the Boldero bankruptcy (in partnership with William Timson junior and Joseph Marryat senior) in 1817.

  1. Born in Penrith, Cumbria, 3rd son of Christopher Idle, an innkeeper, and Grace nee Munkhouse. Became a London merchant, along with his brothers John (1768-1828) and George (1769-1808). 'Prospered as a wine merchant.' Director of the Society of British North American merchants 1817-1819. MP for Weymouth and Melcombe Regis 1813-1818. In a speech on the subject of trade 28/11/1813, 'he could not allow that the restrictions on the trade of the West Indies were so great as they had been represented... They were permitted to export sugar, coffee and cocoa to all parts south of Cape Finisterre, and the other restraints were only nominal'.


T71/267 pp. 97-100. London Gazette 06/05/1817, Issue 17248 p. 1098.

  1. History of Parliament Online, [accessed 01/05/2014].

Further Information

[With Jane} George, Christopher. 'Natural son Joseph Burrowes' born c. 1805.

Associated Estates (2)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1817 [EA] - → Assignee
1817 [EA] - 1820 [LA] → Assignee

Legacies Summary

Political (1)

election →
Weymouth and Melcombe Regis Dorset
1813 - 1818

Addresses (1)

North Frith (manor), Tonbridge, Kent, South-east England, England