CAREY, Sir Henry (1576-1633), of Aldenham, Herts.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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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.

Offices Held

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 Israel Amyce who in 1601 wrote to Robert Cecil on his behalf. There is no evidence to suggest that Sir Henry Carey of Aldenham was involved in the Essex rebellion, and both he and his mother were on good terms with the other 1601 MP for Hertfordshire, Robert Cecil, to whom he wrote on 9 Jan. 1601, desiring to know his pleasure concerning the appointment o