The brother of Sir George Carew and cousin of the poet Thomas Carew, Richard Carew of Cornwall knew William Camden at Oxford and was a member of the Middle Temple (1574), JP (1581); Sheriff (1582); High Sheriff (1586). He was Member of Parliament for Saltash (1584) and St. Michaels' (1587). In 1588 Carew also served as a colonel under Sir Walter Raleigh. A noted scholar, he wrote a history of Cornwall and began the first translation of Tasso into English.
Godfrey of Bulloigne [Tasso, 5 cantos, trans.]. 1594.
Examen de ingenios: the examination of mens wits by John Hauarte, trans. 1594.
A Herrings tayle: contayning a poeticall fiction of divers matters. 1598.
The survey of Cornwall. 1602.
The excellencie of the English tongue [in Camden's Remains]. 1614.