Robert Monsey Rolfe (1st Baron Cranworth of Cranworth)

1790–1868

Statesman and jurist. Whig MP for Penryn and Falmouth, 1832–9. Solicitor-general, 1834 and 1835–9. Created Baron Cranworth of Cranworth, 1850. Lord justice of appeal, 1851–2. Lord chancellor, 1852–8 and 1865–6. Holwood Park, his country residence, was a mile and a half north of Down House, the Darwins’ residence.

Sources: Dod’s parliamentary companion Freeman 1978, ODNB. (See the bibliography for full references to sources)