DARCY, Sir Conyers (?1685-1758), of Aske, nr. Richmond, Yorks.
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b. ?1685, 2nd surv. s. of Hon. John Darcy, M.P., by Hon. Bridget Sutton, da. of Robert, 1st Baron Lexinton; gd.-s. of Conyers Darcy, 2nd Earl of Holdernesse, and uncle of Robert, 4th Earl. educ. prob. Eton 1698; King’s, Camb. 1703. m. (1) Aug. 1714, Mary (d. 20 Aug. 1726), da. of Hans William Bentinck, 1st Earl of Portland, wid. of Algernon Capell, 2nd Earl of Essex, s.p.; (2) 12 Sept. 1728, Elizabeth, da. of John Rotherham of Much Waltham, Essex, wid. of Sir Theophilus Napier, 5th Bt., of Luton Hoo, Beds., and of Thomas Howard, 6th Lord Howard of Effingham, s.p. K.B. 27 May 1725.
Commr. for the office of master of the horse 1712-1717; master of the Household 1720-30; ld. lt. N.R. Yorks. 1727-40; P.C. 11 June 1730; comptroller of the Household 1730-55.
Darcy belonged to the leading Whig family in the North Riding of Yorkshire, and had obvious claims to a county seat. In 1754 he was threatened with an opposition from a group of Yorkshire gentry, headed by Rockingham, who wished to have Sir George Savile as Member for the county. Darcy, wrote William Murray to Rockingham, 24 July 1753,1‘could not from age, purse and constitution have stood a poll’; but he had considerable credit in the county, and there was a general wish that he should not be disturbed. He was returned unopposed, and died 1 Dec. 1758.
Ref Volumes: 1754-1790
Author: John Brooke
- 1. Rockingham mss.