Conyers Darcy

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Sir Conyers Darcy or Darcey, KB (c. 1685 – 1 December 1758) was a British politician and courtier of the 18th century. He was a younger brother of Robert Darcy, 3rd Earl of Holderness.

Biography[edit]

Darcy matriculated fellow-commoner from King's College, Cambridge in 1703.[1] From 1712 to 1714, and 1715 to 1717, he was one of the commissioners for the office of Master of the Horse.

He bought Aske Hall in 1722 and extensively remodelled it.

He was invested in 1725 as a Founder Knight of the Order of the Bath, and was sworn a Privy Counsellor in 1730.

He was a founding governor of the Foundling Hospital in London, a charity set up to care for foundlings (abandoned children).

Family[edit]

In August 1714 Darcy married Mary (died 20 August 1726), daughter of Hans William Bentinck, 1st Earl of Portland (and widow of Algernon Capell, 2nd Earl of Essex). On 12 September 1728 he married Elizabeth, daughter of John Rotherham of Much Waltham, Essex, (and widow of Sir Theophilus Napier, 5th Baronet, of Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire, and of Thomas Howard, 6th Lord Howard of Effingham).[2]

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Marquess of Hartington
The Lord Fairfax of Cameron
Member of Parliament for Yorkshire
17071708
With: The Viscount Downe
Succeeded by
The Viscount Downe
Sir William Strickland, Bt
Preceded by
Richard Newdigate
Richard Sutton
Member of Parliament for Newark
17151722
With: Richard Sutton
Succeeded by
Richard Sutton
James Pelham
Preceded by
Richard Steele
Sir Wilfrid Lawson, Bt
Member of Parliament for Boroughbridge
17221722
With: James Tyrrell
Succeeded by
James Tyrrell
Joseph Danvers
Preceded by
John Yorke
Richard Abell
Member of Parliament for Richmond
17221727
With: John Yorke
Succeeded by
Charles Bathurst
Sir Marmaduke Wyvill, Bt
Preceded by
Charles Bathurst
Sir Marmaduke Wyvill, Bt
Member of Parliament for Richmond
17281747
With: John Yorke
Succeeded by
John Yorke
Earl of Ancram
Preceded by
Sir Miles Stapylton, Bt
Cholmley Turner
Member of Parliament for Yorkshire
17471758
With: Sir Miles Stapylton, Bt 1747–1750
Henry Playdell Dawnay 1750–1758
Succeeded by
Henry Playdell Dawnay
Sir George Savile, Bt
Court offices
Preceded by
Edmund Dunch
Master of the Household
1720–1730
Succeeded by
George Treby
Preceded by
Lord Finch
Comptroller of the Household
1730–1754
Succeeded by
The Earl of Hillsborough
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The 3rd Earl of Holderness
Lord Lieutenant of the North Riding of Yorkshire
1722–1740
Succeeded by
The 4th Earl of Holderness
Preceded by
The Earl of Burlington
Custos Rotulorum of the North Riding of Yorkshire
1722
Succeeded by
The Earl of Burlington
Vice-Admiral of the North Riding of Yorkshire
1739–1755
Succeeded by
The Marquess of Rockingham
Preceded by
The 6th Viscount of Irvine
Lord Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire
1736–1738
Succeeded by
The 7th Viscount of Irvine