John Proby, 1st Baron Carysfort

John Proby, 1st Baron Carysfort KB PC (25 November 1720 – 18 October 1772) was a British Whig politician.

Carysfort was the son of John Proby, of Elton Hall, Huntingdonshire, and his wife Jane, daughter of John Leveson-Gower, 1st Baron Gower, and was educated at Jesus College, Cambridge.[1]

He was returned to Parliament for Stamford in 1747, a seat he held until 1754, and then represented Huntingdonshire from 1754 to 1768. Carysfort served as a Lord of the Admiralty under the Duke of Devonshire in 1757 and under George Grenville from 1763 to 1765. In 1752 he was raised to the Peerage of Ireland as Baron Carysfort, of Carysfort in the County of Wicklow, and in 1758 he was admitted to the Irish Privy Council. In 1761 he was further honoured when he was made a Knight of the Order of the Bath.

Lord Carysfort married the Hon. Elizabeth, daughter of Joshua Allen, 2nd Viscount Allen, in 1750. He died in October 1772, aged 51, and was succeeded in the barony by his son John, who was created Earl of Carysfort in 1789. Lady Carysfort died in March 1783, aged 60.

The HMS Carysfort (1766) was the first ship named in his honour following his service as Lord of the Admiralty. In 1941, HMS Carysfort (R25) was named in his honour as the fifth Royal Navy warship to carry the name Carysfort.


  1. "Proby, John (PRBY737J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
William Noel
John Proby
Member of Parliament for Stamford
with Lord Burghley 1747
Robert Barbor 17471754

Succeeded by
Robert Barbor
John Harvey-Thursby
Preceded by
Coulson Fellowes
Edward Wortley Montagu
Member of Parliament for Huntingdonshire
with Coulson Fellowes 17541761
Viscount Mandeville 17611762
Lord Charles Montagu 17621765
Robert Bernard 17651768

Succeeded by
Viscount Hinchingbrooke
The Earl Ludlow
Masonic offices
Preceded by
The Lord Byron
Grand Master of the Premier Grand Lodge of England
Succeeded by
The Marquess of Carnarvon
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
New Creation
Baron Carysfort
Succeeded by
John Joshua Proby
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