Edward Cromwell Disbrowe

Sir Edward Cromwell Disbrowe GCG (1790–1851) was a British politician and diplomat.


Sir Edward Disbrowe was born at Walton Hall, Walton-on-Trent, South Derbyshire, the son of Colonel Edward Disbrowe, and his wife Lady Charlotte Hobart, fourth daughter of George Hobart, 3rd Earl of Buckinghamshire. He was a lineal descendant of John Desborough (or Disbrowe), a senior commander in the Parliamentary Army who was brother-in-law to Oliver Cromwell. His father was Vice-Chamberlain to Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III.

Disbrowe was Member of Parliament (MP) for Windsor (1823–26), and later served in the British diplomatic corps in positions in Switzerland, Russia, Sweden and other postings. He was British Ambassador to the Netherlands from 1836 to 1851, where he died at the Hague, and his body was returned to England on the ship HMS Lightning. He also served as a Deputy Lieutenant of the county of Derbyshire.[1]


Disbrowe was married to Anne Kennedy, daughter of the Hon. Robert Kennedy, son of Archibald Kennedy, 11th Earl of Cassilis.[2][3]

Disbrowe's eldest daughter Charlotte, who lived at the family home in Derbyshire, became a writer of note, publishing two volumes recounting her father's diplomatic service, with particular attention to his time in Russia. Disbrowe's younger daughter Jane Harriet married Henry Christopher Wise of Woodcote House, Leek Wootton, Warwickshire, member of Parliament.[4] Wise was the great-great-grandson of Henry Wise, gardener to Queen Anne, who laid out Kensington Gardens.[5]


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Herbert Taylor
John Ramsbottom
Member of Parliament for Windsor
1823 – 1826
With: John Ramsbottom
Succeeded by
Hussey Vivian
John Ramsbottom
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Edward Michael Ward
Minister Plenipotentiary to the Emperor of Russia
ad interim

Succeeded by
Hon. William Temple
Preceded by
The Lord Erskine
British Minister to Württemberg
1828 – 1833
Succeeded by
Lord William Russell
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