CAREY, Sir Henry (1576-1633), of Aldenham, Herts.
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Family and Education
b. 1576, 1st s. of (Sir) Edward Carey of Aldenham by Catherine, da. of Henry Knyvet of Charlton, Wilts., wid. of Sir Henry Paget, 2nd Baron Paget; bro. of Adolphus and Phillip. educ. G. Inn 1590; Exeter, Oxf. 1593. m. 1602, Elizabeth, da. and h. of Lawrence Tanfield of Burford, Oxon., 5s. inc. Lucius 6da. Kntd. 1599, KB 1616; suc. fa. 1618; cr. Visct. Falkland [S] 1620.
J.p. Herts. 1601, jt. (with fa.) master of the jewels 21 June 1603; PC 1618; comptroller of the Household 1618-22; 1d. dep. [I] 1622-9.
Establishing the identity of the 1601 Hertfordshire MP has proved troublesome. Earlier authorities identified him as the son of John Carey, 3rd Baron Hunsdon, on the grounds that Henry Carey of Aldenham would have been unlikely to sit as knight of the shire so soon after his (as it was assumed) indictment for complicity in the Essex conspiracy. However, it now appears that there were two Henry Careys knighted by Essex in 1599 and that the rebel was the other one, about whom very little is known beyond the fact that he was a brother-in-law of