- Brass Crosby
Brass Crosby (
8 May 1725-1793) was an English radical lawyer, Member of Parliament and Lord Mayor of London.
Brass Crosby was born in
Stockton-on-Teesin 1725. He qualified in law and came to Londonto practise his chosen profession. In 1758 he was elected to the City Council and elected 'lay' Sheriffin 1764. In 1765 Crosby was elected an Aldermanand in 1768 he was elected as Member of Parliamentfor Honiton. In 1770 he was elected Lord Mayor of London. Crosby was a supporter of radical politician John Wilkes.
In February 1772 he married Mrs Mary Tattersall.
As Lord Mayor (and therefore chief magistrate for the City) one of his first acts was to refuse to enforce
Admiraltywarrants to press gang Londoners into the Royal Navyand he ordered constables to be positioned "at all avenues" of the City to prevent the seizure of men.
Crosby engaged in a famous battle with the House of Commons over publishing Parliamentary debates. In 1771 he had brought before him a printer who dared publish reports of Parliamentary proceedings. He released the man, but was subsequently ordered to appear before the House to explain his actions. Crosby was committed to the Tower of London, but when brought to trial several judges refused to hear the case and after protests from the public Crosby was released. No further attempts have ever been made to prevent the publication of Parliamentary debates, facilitating the emergence of
Hansard. Crosby's actions are reputed to be the inspiration for the phrase "Bold as Brass" [http://www.bbc.co.uk/tees/content/articles/2007/01/04/brass_crosby_feature.shtml] .
In July 1771, the newly constructed obelisk at
St George's Circusin Southwarkwas given an additional inscription. Below the text: ERECTED IN/ XIth Year/ OF THE REIGN/ OF KING GEORGE THE THIRD/ MDCCLXXI was added THE RIGHT HONOURABLE/BRASS CROSBY ESQUIRE/ LORD MAYOR. For many years, this somewhat squashed inscription was the only public commemoration of Crosby.
Crosby died in 1793 at
Chelsfieldwhich was then a separate Kentvillage outside London. The London Borough of Bromleyhas now erected a Blue Plaque to Crosby outside his former home, Court Lodge, in Church Road, Chelsfield.
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