John Vaughan, 3rd Earl of Carbery

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The Earl Carbery

John Vaughan, 3rd Earl of Carbery by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt.jpg
Lieutenant Governor of Jamaica
In office
MonarchCharles II
Preceded byHenry Morgan
Succeeded byHenry Morgan
7th President of the Royal Society
In office
Preceded bySamuel Pepys
Succeeded byThomas Herbert
Personal details
Born(1639-07-08)8 July 1639
Died12 January 1713(1713-01-12) (aged 73)

John Vaughan, 3rd Earl of Carbery KB, PRS (baptised 8 July 1639 – 12 January 1713), styled Lord Vaughan from 1643 to 1686, was Governor of Jamaica between 1675–1678.


He was the second son of Richard Vaughan, 2nd Earl of Carbery, and his second wife Frances (c.1621 – 9 October 1650), daughter of Sir John Altham of Oxhey, Watford, Hertfordshire. He inherited his title and the Carmarthenshire estate (Golden Grove) in 1686 on the death of his father. His elder brother Francis had already died.

He was invested as a Knight, Order of the Bath (KB) in April 1661. He was Member of Parliament (MP) for Carmarthen between 1661 and 1679 and again for Carmarthenshire between 1679 and 1689.[citation needed] He was one of the Governors of Jamaica from 1674 to 1678.[1] His deputy was the celebrated privateer Sir Henry Morgan. He tried in vain to defeat the Jamaican Maroons, who were led by Juan de Serras.

He had a reputation for debauchery: Samuel Pepys called him "the lewdest fellow of the age". Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon, whose impeachment Vaughan strongly supported, called him a man who was "as ugly in face as in fame". As Governor of Jamaica he became notorious for corruption, and was even accused of selling his servants as slaves.

He was President of the Royal Society between 1686–1689, having been elected a Fellow in 1685. He was Colonel of the Regiment of Foot from 1673 to 1674 and Lord of the Admiralty from 1689 to 1690.

On his death his titles became extinct. His estates passed to a cousin, another John Vaughan (1693–1765), who rebuilt the Golden Grove mansion.


John Vaughan had two children with his second wife, Anne Savile: George and Anne (pictured).

Vaughan married twice, first to Mary Brown, daughter of George Brown of Green Castle; they had no children. He remarried on 10 October 1682 to Anne Savile, daughter of George Savile, 1st Marquess of Halifax and his first wife, Lady Dorothy Spencer. They had two children;


  • "Vaughan, Richard (1600?-1686)" . Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
  • Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages [self-published source][better source needed]
  • Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs


  1. ^ "The History and the State of Jamaica under Lord Vaughan". World Digital Library. 1678. Retrieved 19 April 2013.

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Parliament of England
Preceded by
Arthur Annesley
Member of Parliament for Carmarthen
Succeeded by
Altham Vaughan
Preceded by
Altham Vaughan
Member of Parliament for Carmarthenshire
Succeeded by
Sir Rice Rudd
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Carbery
Custos Rotulorum of Cardiganshire
Succeeded by
The Viscount Hereford
Custos Rotulorum of Carmarthenshire
Succeeded by
Marquess of Winchester
Preceded by
Sir Edward Mansel
Vice-Admiral of South Wales
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Mansel
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Edward Vaughan
Earl of Carbery
Professional and academic associations
Preceded by
Samuel Pepys
President of the Royal Society
1686 – 1689
Succeeded by
Thomas Herbert