Person:John Christian (35)

John Christian, MP
d.11 Dec 1828
m. 28 Sep 1745
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  2. Henry Christian1755 - 1760
  3. Frances Christianbef 1757 - 1787
  4. John Christian, MP1756 - 1828
  5. Dorothy Christian1757 -
  6. Henry Christian1761 - 1773
  7. Bridget Christian - 1793
  8. Julia Christian - 1793
  9. Jane Christian
m. 10 Sep 1775
  1. John Christian1776 - 1852
m. 5 Oct 1782
Facts and Events
Name[1] John Christian, MP
Alt Name[1] John Christian-Curwen
Gender Male
Birth? 1756
Christening[1] 13 Jul 1756
Marriage 10 Sep 1775 Maughold, Isle of Manto Margaret Taubman
Marriage 5 Oct 1782 Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotlandto Isabella Curwen
Death[1] 11 Dec 1828
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The greatest strides in Curwen initiative occurred during the lordship of John Christian Curwen. Workington changed radically both economically and socially, during the period when John Christian was lord of the manor (1783–1828).[2] A Curwen through his mother's side, ...he is the man who stands out...who must rank as one of the most interesting and progressive of Cumbrians of his day.[3] He was Member of Parliament for Carlisle from 1796 to 1812 and from 1816 to 1820, following this with a period as member for Cumberland from 1820 to 1828. He made a national mark in his campaigns for reform of the Corn Laws and Agrarian Laws, and for Catholic emancipation especially the Relief Act of 1791. His influence was such that he was offered peerages by both Addington and Castlereagh but he turned them down. His practical interest in agricultural reform can be traced in the proceedings of the Workington Agricultural Society, of which he was founder-president.[4] Cumbrian archive records contain reports on Curwen's experimental farm at the Schoose, and on such other items as the estate he purchased between Windermere and Hawkshead, Lancashire, in order to encourage forestry. By planting over 800,000 trees around Windermere he transformed that area of the Lake District. An active supporter of the abolition of slavery his friend and party activist William Wilberforce spent time with John Christian on Belle Isle.

To modern eyes, however, one of the most interesting of his projects was his introduction of social security and mutual benefit schemes for his farm and colliery workers.[5]

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  2. The Curwen Family of Workington hall 1358–1939,, retrieved 2009-08-24
  3. Extract: The Curwen Family of Workington hall 1358–1939,, retrieved 2009-08-24
  4. Schoose farm Records,, retrieved 2009-08-24
  5. Workington and other Friendly Societies,, retrieved 2009-08-24