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Monmouth, Earl of (E, 1626 - 1661)


Creation: let.pat. 5 Feb 1625/6


Extinct: 13 Jun 1661


Family name: Carey




Quarterly:  1st and 4th, Argent on a Bend Sable three Roses of the field barbed and seeded proper (Carey);  2nd, Sable two Bars nebuly Ermine (Spencer of Spencercombe);  4th, France and England quarterly with a Bordure company Argent and Azure (Beaufort); a Crescent surmounted with a Mullet for difference


A Swan wings elevated Argent, beaked and legged Gules, a Crescent surmounted with a Mullet also Gules for difference


On either side a Bull Argent attired hoofed and membered Or collared Sable charged with three Roses Argent


 Comme Je Trouve



Robert [Carey], 1st Baron Carey later 1st Earl of Monmouth

10th but 4th surv. son of Henry [Carey], 1st Baron Hunsdon, by his wife Ann Morgan, dau. of Sir Thomas Morgan, of Arkestone, co. Hereford




20 Aug 1593 his cousin Elizabeth Widdrington (widow of Sir Henry Widdrington; bur. bef. Jul 1641), dau. of Sir Hugh Trevannion, of Caerhayes, co. Cornwall, by his wife Sybilla Morgan, dau. of Sir Thomas Morgan, of Arkestone, co. Hereford


1. Hon Henry Carey, later 2nd Earl of Monmouth

2. Hon Thomas Carey, a Groom of the Bedchamber (b. c. 1616; dspm. 1649), mar. Margaret Smith, dau. and hrss. of Sir Thomas Smith, Master of the Requests, of Parsons Green, co. Middlesex, by his wife Hon Frances Brydges, only dau. of William [Brydges], 4th Baron Chandos, and had issue:

1a. Elizabeth Carey (b. c. 1632; d. 5 Apr 1679), mar. c. 1656 John [Mordaunt], 1st Viscount Mordaunt, and had issue

1. Lady Philadelphia Carey (d. bef. 27 Feb 1654/5), mar. 11 Aug 1611 Hon Sir Thomas Wharton (b. 1587/8; dvp. 17 Apr 1622), 2nd but only surv. son and heir ap. by his first wife of Philip [Wharton], 3rd Baron Wharton, and had issue


12 Apr 1639


6 Feb 1621/2 Baron Carey, of Lepington in the County of York

5 Feb 1625/6 Earl of Monmouth

suc. by



Member of Parliament for Morpeth 1586-87 and 1588-89, for Callington 1593, for Northumberland 1597-98 and 1601, and for Grampound 1620-22; a volunteer against the Spanish Armada 1588; knighted 1591; Deputy Warden of the West and East Marches later Warden of the East and Middle Marches; Captain of Norham Castle 1595; first to announce the death of Queen Elizabeth I to King James I & VI 1603; a Gentleman of the Bedchamber 1603; a Gentleman of the Privy Chamber 1603; Master of the Household to Prince Charles 1605, Master of the Robes 1611 and Chamberlain 1617-25; a Gentleman of the Bedchamber 1625; Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire 1627-28; Counsellor of the North 1628; Captain of Tynemouth Castle


Henry [Carey], 2nd Earl of Monmouth


27 Jan 1595/6


16 Feb 1619/20 Lady Martha Cranfield (bapt. 12 Jul 1601; dspms. 10 Apr 1677), 1st dau. of Lionel [Cranfield], 1st Earl of Middlesex, by his first wife Elizabeth Shepherd, dau. of Richard Shepherd, grocer, of London


1. Hon Lionel Carey, styled Lord Leppington (dvp. fighting for the King at the Battle of Marston Moor 2 Jul 1644)

2. Hon Henry Carey, styled Lord Leppington (dvp. 1649), mar. Mary Scrope, 1st illegitimate dau. and cohrss. of Emmanuel [Scrope], 1st Earl of Sunderland, by his mistress Martha Jeanes (mar. (2) 12 Feb 1654/5 as his second wife Charles [Paulet], 1st Duke of Bolton; d. 1 Nov 1680), and had issue:

1a. Hon Henry Carey, styled Lord Leppington (bur. 24 May 1653)

1. Lady Anne Carey (d. 15 Jan 1688/9), mar. (1) 23 Sep 1641 James [Hamilton], 1st Earl of Clanbrassill, and (2) 1668 as his first wife Sir Robert Maxwell, 2nd Bt., of Waringstown, co. Down, and had issue by her first husband

2. Lady Philadelphia Carey

3. Lady Elizabeth Mary Carey (dsp. 9 Dec 1719), mar. as his second wife William [Feilding], 3rd Earl of Denbigh

4. Lady Trevaniana Carey

5. Lady Martha Carey (dspms. 23 Jan 1705/6), mar. 16 Dec 1667 as his second wife John [Middleton], 1st Earl of Middleton, and had issue

6. Lady Theophila Carey

7. Lady Magdalen Carey


s.p.m.s. 13 Jun 1661


Knight of the Bath at the creation of the Prince of Wales 1616; Member of Parliament for Camelford 1620-22, for Beverley 1624-25, for Tregony 1625, for St Mawes 1626 and for Grampound 1628-29


On the death of the 2nd Earl of Monmouth both his titles became extinct. His great-nephew, Charles [Mordaunt], 2nd Viscount Mordaunt, was created Earl of Monmouth on 9 Apr 1689.


 First written 18 Mar 2003



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