Granville Proby, 3rd Earl of Carysfort
|Granville Leveson Proby
3rd Earl of Carysfort
|Member of the United Kingdom Parliament
for County Wicklow
|Born||12 November 1782|
|Died||3 November 1868
Elton Hall, Huntingdonshire
|Spouse(s)||Isabella Howard (m. 1818–36)|
|Children||4 sons and 4 daughters|
|Alma mater||Rugby School|
|Years of service||1798–1816|
Proby entered the Navy on 21 March 1798 as a midshipman aboard the 74-gun ship Vanguard under the command of Captain Edward Berry, and serving as the flagship of Sir Horatio Nelson. Proby saw action at the Battle of the Nile on 1 August 1799, then transferred to the ship Foudroyant with Captain Berry, and while blockading Malta, took part in the capture, on 18 February 1800, of the ship Généreux and the armed store-ship Ville de Marseilles. He also took part in the action of 31 March 1800 in which Foudroyant, in company with the 64-gun ship Lion and frigate Penelope, captured the French ship Guillaume Tell, the flagship of Rear-Admiral Denis Decrès, during which Foudroyant sustained a loss of 8 men killed and 64, including Proby, wounded.
In 1801 he was present in Foudroyant under Admiral Lord Keith during the Egyptian campaign. He then served aboard the frigate Santa Teresa, under Captain Robert Campbell; the frigate Resistance, Captain Hon. Philip Wodehouse; and HMS Victory, flagship of Lord Nelson. There, on 24 October 1804, he was promoted to lieutenant, and transferred to the frigate Narcissus, Captain Ross Donnelly. In May 1805 he transferred to the 98-gun ship Neptune, Captain Thomas Fremantle, and was present on 21 October in the Battle of Trafalgar.
On 15 August 1806 Proby was appointed commander of the sloop Bergère, and promoted to post-rank on 28 November 1806, with command of the 54-gun ship Madras. From 7 January 1807 he commanded the frigate Juno in the Mediterranean, and from 1808 until 1810, the frigate Iris, in the Channel, North Sea, and Baltic. On 8 June 1813 he was appointed to Laurel, stationed at the Cape of Good Hope, and on 3 December 1814 to Amelia, in the Mediterranean. Amelia (the ship in which his eldest brother William had died in 1804) was paid off in July 1816, ending Proby's active naval career. However, the course of time brought promotion to rear-admiral on 23 November 1841, to vice-admiral in 16 June 1851, and finally admiral on 9 July 1857.
Apart from his military career Carysfort also represented County Wicklow in Parliament from 1816 to 1829 and served as High Sheriff of Wicklow for 1831. In 1855 he succeeded his elder brother to the earldom and entered the House of Lords.
Proby married Isabella, daughter of the Honourable Hugh Howard, in 1818. They had four sons and four daughters. She died in 1836, shortly after the birth of her youngest child. Carysfort died on 3 November 1868, aged 85, at the family estate of Elton Hall, and was succeeded in the earldom by his second but eldest surviving son Granville.
- Salmon, Philip (2013). "PROBY, Hon. Granville Leveson (1782-1868)". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
- O'Byrne, William Richard (1849). A Naval Biographical Dictionary: comprising the life and services of every living officer in Her Majesty's navy, from the rank of admiral of the fleet to that of lieutenant, inclusive. London: John Murray. p. 934. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
- The Navy List. London, England: John Murray. 1865. p. 71. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Granville Proby
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
William Hoare Hume
|Member of Parliament for County Wicklow
With: William Tighe 1816
George Ponsonby 1816–1817
William Parnell-Hayes 1817–1821
James Grattan 1821–1829
Sir Ralph Howard
|Peerage of Ireland|
|Earl of Carysfort
Granville Leveson Proby