Edward Conway, 1st Earl of Conway

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The Right Honourable
The Earl of Conway
Secretary of State for the Northern Department
In office
2 February 1681 – January 1683
Monarch Charles II
Preceded by Sir Leoline Jenkins
Succeeded by Sidney Godolphin
Personal details
Born Edward Conway
c. 1623 (1623)
Died 11 August 1683 (1683-08-12) (aged 60)
Resting place Arrow, Warwickshire, England
Nationality English
Political party Tory
Spouse(s) Anne Finch (m. 165179)
Elizabeth Booth (d. 1681)
Ursula Stawell
Occupation Politician

Edward Conway, 1st Earl of Conway PC, FRS (c. 1623 – 11 August 1683) was an English peer and politician who served as Secretary of State for the Northern Department between 1681 and 1683.


Conway was born circa 1623 to politician Edward Conway, 2nd Viscount Conway and Frances Popham, daughter of Sir Francis Popham. He married Anne Finch, daughter of Sir Heneage Finch, on 11 February 1651. He succeeded as 3rd Viscount Conway (in the Peerage of England) and 3rd Viscount Killultagh (in the Peerage of Ireland) following the death of his father in 1655.

Conway became a member of the Irish Privy Council in 1660 and was a confidant of James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society on 2 January 1668, became governor of Charlemont Fort in 1671 and served as Master of the Ordnance in Ireland from 1679.

On 3 December 1679, Conway was created Earl of Conway. On 2 February 1681, he joined the English Privy Council and became Secretary of State for the Northern Department. He resigned in January 1683 amid allegations that he was complicit in "crimes and misdemeanours ... either in relation to the King's person or his public negotiations or transactions with foreign ambassadors, or in not rightly pursuing the King's instructions to ambassadors abroad". He also served as Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire from 1682 to 1683.

His wife, Anne, died on 23 February 1679 and he retired to his family's seat, Ragley Hall in Warwickshire. He married Elizabeth Booth, daughter of George Booth, 1st Baron Delamer, who died in July 1681. He married for a third time, to Ursula Stawell (died 13 August 1697), daughter of George Stawell, before he died on 11 August 1683. He was buried in Arrow, Warwickshire, and with no heirs, his titles became extinct on his death. He was survived by his wife, who later married John Sheffield, later 1st Duke of Buckingham and Normanby.


Political offices
Preceded by
Leoline Jenkins
Secretary of State for the Northern Department
Succeeded by
Sidney Godolphin
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Northampton
Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire
Succeeded by
The Earl of Sunderland
Preceded by
The Earl of Denbigh
Custos Rotulorum of Warwickshire
Peerage of England
New creation Earl of Conway
Preceded by
Edward Conway
Viscount Conway
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Edward Conway
Viscount Killultagh