Sir Charles Lemon

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Early photograph showing people, including Sir Charles Lemon, bottom left, at Carclew. Taken in August 1841 by Henry Fox Talbot, Charles' nephew
Born3 September 1784
Died13 February 1868(1868-02-13) (aged 83)
Spouse(s)Lady Charlotte Ann Foxstrangways
ChildrenCharles William
(died aged 13 months)
Charles William (died aged 12)
Charlotte Augusta Caroline (died aged 10)
Parent(s)William Lemon
Jane Buller

Sir Charles Lemon, 2nd Baronet (3 September 1784[1] – 13 February 1868) was a British Member of Parliament for several constituencies and a baronet.

Early life

He inherited his baronetcy in 1824 upon the death of his father Sir William Lemon, 1st Baronet and Carclew House. His mother was Lady Lemon, who had been the eldest daughter of James Buller MP for Cornwall and Jane, in turn eldest daughter of Allen Bathurst, 1st Earl Bathurst. He attended Harrow School[2]


Lemon served as Member of Parliament for Penryn in Cornwall from 1807 to 1812 and again from 1830 to 1831. In 1831, he became a Whig Member for Cornwall serving until the Reform Act 1832, whereafter he was Whig Member for West Cornwall until 1841. In 1842 he was again returned for West Cornwall, serving until 1857.

House in Lemon Street, Truro.
House in Lemon Street, Truro.

In 1827 he was appointed Sheriff of Cornwall.[3] In 1836, he headed the petitioners from the town of Falmouth, Cornwall to the Admiralty, seeking to prevent the removal of the Packet Service.[4]

In 1837, he was appointed to serve on the Transportation Committee of the House of Commons[5] In 1852 he became deputy Warden of the Stannaries and funded the establishment of what is now the Camborne School of Mines. The name "Lemon" lives on in Truro as "Lemon Street" and "Lemon Quay", and a rhododendron Sir Charles Lemon was bred by him from seeds collected by Joseph Dalton Hooker.[6]

He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society on 23 May 1822.[7] He was the second president (1836-8) of what is now the Royal Statistical Society. He spoke at the Newcastle Meeting of the British Association in 1838, during a meeting of the Statistical Section.[8] From 1840-1856 served as President of the Royal Geological Society of Cornwall.[9] He was President of the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society from its foundation until his death.[10] He was President of the Falmouth Board of Guardians from its foundation in 1837 until his death.[10]

He was on the committee of management of the South Western Railway in 1836.[11]

He was a notable Freemason in Cornwall, having been initiated into the Lodge of Love and Honour No. 75 in Falmouth in 1840, becoming its Worshipful Master in 1843, he was appointed the fifth Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Cornwall in 1844, after an interregnum of five years, following the death of his predecessor, Sir John St Aubyn, Bt in 1839. He held this position until he resigned in 1863.[12]


He married on 5 December 1810 to Lady Charlotte Ann Fox-Strangways, 4th daughter of Henry Thomas Fox-Strangways, 2nd Earl of Ilchester. They had two sons, both of whom died young and were named Charles William. The first son died at the age of 13 months. The second was drowned at the age of twelve, at Harrow School.[13] Their daughter, Charlotte Augusta Caroline died at the age of 10, in Aix-les-Bains in 1825.[14]


The baronetcy became extinct on his death on 13 February 1868, as he had no surviving children. The majority of his estate was inherited by Colonel Arthur Tremayne, Sir Charles Lemon's nephew,[10] the son of his sister, Caroline and her husband John Hearle Tremayne, of Heligan.[1][15][16][17] Tremayne was a hero of the Crimean War and a survivor of the Charge of the Light Brigade.[1][18][19]


  1. ^ a b c "Notes on the Parish of Mylor, published by Hugh Pengelly Olivey 1907". Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  2. ^ The Times, Saturday, 7 Nov 1835; p. 3; Issue 15941; col B Precis of the Remarkable Memoir of the Life of the Ref. Joseph Drury, D.D., Formerly Head-Master of Harrow; With Some Particulars in Addition To Those Given in The "Annual Obituary And Biography" For This Present Year. Ob. An. 1834; Aetat. Suae 84. (FROM A CORRESPONDENT.); YORICK. (Lists alumni of the School who were MPs.)
  3. ^ "Lemon, Charles (1784-1868), of Carclew, Cornw". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 20 July 2012.
  4. ^ The Times, 16 May 1836; p. 4; Issue 16104; col F: Packet service petition to the admiralty
  5. ^ The Times, Monday, 27 Nov 1837; p. 5; Issue 16584; col D: Transportation Committee named.
  6. ^ "Down the Trivia Trail with 'Sir Charles Lemon'". Virginia Tech.
  7. ^ Royal Society List of Fellows (accessed 8 December 2007)
  8. ^ The Times, Thursday, 23 Aug 1838; p. 5; Issue 16815; col C: "British Association for the Advancement of Science."
  9. ^ K. F. G. Hosking & G. J. Shrimpton, ed. (1964). "Patron and Presidents". Present Views of Some Aspects of the Geology of Cornwall and Devon. Penzance: Royal Geological Society of Cornwall. p. iii.
  10. ^ a b c The Times 17 February 1868, page 9, Column F "The Late Charles Lemon".
  11. ^ The Times, Wednesday, 11 May 1836; page 2; Issue 16100; col A, Advertisement for prospectus for the South Western Railway.
  12. ^ Province of Cornwall (2001) Thread of Gold: Celebrating the Unbroken History of 250 Years of Freemasonry in the Province of Cornwall 1752-2002 ISBN 0954085000
  13. ^ Debrett's Baronetage 7th edn. 1839, page 201, on Google Books (accessed 6 March 2008).
  14. ^ The Times, Wednesday, 1 Jun 1825; p. 4; Issue 12669; col F: Death Notices - Charlotte Lemon.
  15. ^ St Keverne History - Manors: Tregarne. Archived 12 September 2012 at
  16. ^ "Lemon Papers at Cornwall Record Office - Document Reference X62". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  17. ^ Talbot correspondence: Footnote "Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Tremayne (1827–1905), politician and his brother John Tremayne (1825–1901), politician who sat for Cornwall from 1874 until defeated in 1880".
  18. ^ Hart, H. G. (January 1860). The New Army List and Militia List; exhibiting the rank, standing and various services of every regimental officer in the army serving on full pay. London. p. 50.
  19. ^ Crider, Lawrence W. (2004). In Search of the Light Brigade. Lawrence Crider. p. 300. ISBN 978-1-898763-12-3.