Conyers Darcy, 2nd Earl of Holderness

Conyers Darcy, 2nd Earl of Holderness

Conyers Darcy, 2nd Earl of Holderness (1622 – 13 December 1692) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1660 to 1679 and later became a peer.


Darcy was the eldest son of Conyers Darcy, 8th Lord Darcy of Knayth and 5th Lord Conyers and his wife Grace Rokeby, daughter of Thomas Rokeby of Skiers. He was a student of University College, Oxford in 1637 and of Gray's Inn in 1640.[1]

In 1660, Darcy was elected Member of Parliament for Boroughbridge in the Convention Parliament. He was elected MP for Yorkshire in 1661 for the Cavalier Parliament. In November 1680 he was elevated to the House of Lords by Writ of acceleration, sitting as Baron Conyers. On his father's elevation to an earldom in 1682, he acquired the courtesy title Lord Darcy de Knayth. He succeeded as 2nd Earl of Holderness, 9th Baron Darcy de Knayth and 6th Baron Conyers on his father's death on 14 June 1689.[1]


Darcy married four times; firstly to Lady Catherine Fane, daughter of Francis Fane, 1st Earl of Westmorland. His second marriage took place on 8 February 1650 to Lady Frances Howard (c. 1627-1670), daughter of Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Berkshire. He married thirdly in 1676 Lady Frances Seymour, daughter of William Seymour, 2nd Duke of Somerset. His fourth and final marriage was on 8 January 1685 to The Hon. Elizabeth Frescheville (1635–1690), daughter of John Frescheville, 1st Baron Frescheville.[1]

Darcy's eldest son and heir apparent was John Darcy, Lord Conyers (c. 1659-1689) who was by his second marriage to Frances Howard. John Darcy married Bridget, daughter of Robert 1st Baron Lexington. However, this son John, predeceased his father, and so, upon the death of Lord Holderness in 1692, the earldom passed to Robert Darcy, 3rd Earl of Holderness (1681–1722), John's second but oldest surviving son.



Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Henry Stapylton
(Second seat vacant)
Member of Parliament for Boroughbridge
With: Sir Henry Stapylton
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Mauleverer
Robert Long
Preceded by
The Lord Fairfax
Sir John Dawnay
Member of Parliament for Yorkshire
With: Sir John Goodricke 1661–1670
Sir Thomas Slingsby 1670–1679
Succeeded by
The Lord Fairfax
Viscount Dungarvan
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Conyers Darcy
Earl of Holderness
Succeeded by
Robert Darcy
Baron Conyers
(writ in acceleration)


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