The Earl of Holderness
|Secretary of State for the Southern Department|
6 April 1757 –27 June 1757
|Preceded by||William Pitt|
|Succeeded by||William Pitt|
18 June 1751 –23 March 1754
|Preceded by||The Duke of Bedford|
|Succeeded by||Thomas Robinson|
|Secretary of State for the Northern Department|
23 March 1754 –25 March 1761
|Monarch|| George II |
|Preceded by||The Duke of Newcastle|
|Succeeded by||The Earl of Bute|
|Born||17 May 1718|
|Died||16 May 1778 59) (aged|
Syon Hill, London, England
|Children||Amelia Osborne, Marchioness of Carmarthen|
Robert Darcy, 4th Earl of Holderness, – 16 May 1778), known before 1721 as Lord Darcy and Conyers, was a British diplomat and politician.(17 May 1718
In 1741 he collaborated with G.F. Handel in the production of Deidamia.From 1744 to 1746 he was ambassador at Venice and from 1749 to 1751 he represented his country at The Hague. In 1751 he became Secretary of State for the Southern Department, transferring in 1754 to the Northern Department, and he remained in office until March 1761, when he was dismissed by King George III in favour of Lord Bute, although he had largely been a cipher in that position to the stronger personalities of his colleagues, successively the Duke of Newcastle, Thomas Robinson, Henry Fox, and William Pitt the Elder. From 1771 to 1776 he acted as governor to two of the King's sons, a solemn phantom as Horace Walpole calls him. He left no sons who survived childhood, and all his titles became extinct except the Baronies of Darcy (de Knayth) and Conyers, which were Baronies by Writ, and the Portuguese countship of Mértola. In those peerages he was succeeded by his daughter, Amelia Osborne, Marchioness of Carmarthen.
David Hume wrote, "It is remarkable that this family of d'Arcy [sic] seems to be the only male descendant of any of the Conqueror's barons now remaining among the Peers. Lord Holdernessae [sic] is the heir of that family".
On 29 October 1743, Darcy married Mary Doublet, daughter of Francis Doublet and Constantia Van-der-Beck. The couple had three children, only one of whom survived childhood:
Francis Godolphin Osborne, 5th Duke of Leeds,, styled Marquess of Carmarthen until 1789, was a British politician. He notably served as Foreign Secretary under William Pitt the Younger from 1783 to 1791. He also was Governor of Scilly. As a statesman he is generally regarded as a failure and his hostility to the newly independent United States of America did little to foster good relations between the two countries
Baron Darcy de Knayth is a title in the Peerage of England. It was created in 1332 for John Darcy with remainder to his heirs general, allowing daughters to inherit.
Duke of Leeds was a title in the Peerage of England. It was created in 1694 for the prominent statesman Thomas Osborne, 1st Marquess of Carmarthen. He had already succeeded as 2nd Baronet, of Kiveton (1647) and been created Viscount Osborne, of Dunblane (1673), Baron Osborne, of Kiveton in the County of York and Viscount Latimer, of Danby in the County of York, Earl of Danby, in the County of York (1674), and Marquess of Carmarthen (1689). All these titles were in the Peerage of England, except for the viscountcy of Osborne, which was in the Peerage of Scotland. He resigned the latter title in favour of his son in 1673. The Earldom of Danby was a revival of the title held by his great-uncle, Henry Danvers, 1st Earl of Danby.
The title Earl of Holderness also known as Holdernesse existed in the late 11th and early 12th centuries as a feudal lordship and was officially created three times in the Peerage of England namely in 1621, in 1644 as a subsidiary title to that of the then-Duke of Cumberland and in 1682. The official creations lasted 5, 38 and 96 years respectively.
Baron Conyers is a title in the Peerage of England. It was created on 17 October 1509 for William Conyers, the son-in-law of William Neville, 1st Earl of Kent. The abeyance after the death of the 3rd baron was terminated for the 7th Baron Darcy de Knayth, these baronies were held together until the abeyance of 1888, after which the abeyance of these two baronies were separately terminated. Since 1509, the Barons Conyers had held a part of the "right" to the barony Fauconberg, i.e. the part for which the abeyance was terminated in 1903; and since the termination of the abeyance of the barony Fauconberg, the two baronies, Conyers and Fauconberg, had been held together; from 1948 they were abeyant between the two daughters of the 5th Earl of Yarborough. On the death of the younger daughter in 2012 the abeyance terminated automatically in favour of her elder sister, the 15th holder of the title. Since the death of the latter in 2013, the title is in abeyance once more.
George William Frederick Osborne, 6th Duke of Leeds,, styled Earl of Danby until 1789 and Marquess of Carmarthen from 1789 to 1799, was a British peer and politician. He served as Master of the Horse between 1827 and 1830. He also was Governor of Scilly.
Marcia Amelia Mary Pelham, Countess of Yarborough and 13th Baroness Conyers and 7th Baroness Fauconberg, OBE was a British peer who worked in politics for the Conservative Party.
Violet Ida Eveline Herbert, Countess of Powis and suo jure16th Baroness Darcy de Knayth was a British peeress in her own right.
Amelia Osborne, Marchioness of Carmarthen, 12th Baroness Darcy de Knayth, 9th Baroness Conyers, 5th Countess of Mértola, was a British peer and a Portuguese countess.
Sir Conyers Darcy or Darcey,, of Aske, near Richmond, Yorkshire, was a British Army officer, courtier and Whig politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1707 and 1758.
The title Count of Mértola was granted to Frederick, 1st Duke of Schomberg by Afonso VI of Portugal, in 1663, as a reward for the Duke's service with the Portuguese Army.
Conyers Darcy, 2nd Earl of Holderness was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1660 to 1679 and later became a peer.
Hornby Castle, Yorkshire is a grade I listed fortified manor house on the edge of Wensleydale between Bedale and Leyburn.
Francis George Godolphin D'Arcy D'Arcy-Osborne, 7th Duke of Leeds, styled Earl of Danby from birth until 1799 and Marquess of Carmarthen from 1799 until 1838, was a British peer and politician.
Sackville George Lane-Fox, 12th Baron Conyers and de jure 15th Baron Darcy de Knayth was a British peer and soldier.
Robert Darcy, 3rd Earl of Holderness, was a British peer and politician.
Captain John Byron was a British Army officer and writer, best known as the father of poet Lord Byron.
Conyers Darcy, 1st Earl of Holderness was a British noble; created Earl of Holderness in 1682.
Benjamin Mildmay, 1st Earl FitzWalter, styled The Honourable Benjamin Mildmay until 1728 and known as The Lord FitzWalter between 1728 and 1730, was a British politician. He served as First Lord of Trade between 1735 and 1737 and as Treasurer of the Household between 1737 and 1755.
Mary Darcy, Countess of Holderness, formerly Mary Doublet, was the wife of Robert Darcy, 4th Earl of Holderness.
| Minister at Venice |
Sir James Gray
| Minister at the Hague |
The Duke of Bedford
| Secretary of State for the Southern Department |
The Duke of Newcastle
| Secretary of State for the Northern Department |
The Earl of Bute
| Secretary of State for the Southern Department |
Sir Conyers Darcy
| Lord Lieutenant of the North Riding of Yorkshire |
The Earl Fauconberg
The Marquess of Rockingham
| Custos Rotulorum of the North Riding of Yorkshire |
The Marquess of Rockingham
| Vice-Admiral of Yorkshire |
The Duke of Dorset
| Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports |
The Lord North
|Peerage of England|
| Earl of Holderness |
| Baron Darcy de Knayth and Conyers |
|Titles of nobility|
| Count of Mértola |