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Robert Darcy, 4th Earl of Holderness, 1775, by Sir Joshua Reynolds

Robert Darcy, 4th Earl of Holderness PC (17 May 1718 – 16 May 1778), known before 1721 as Lord Darcy and Conyers, was a British diplomatist and politician. From 1744 to 1746 he was ambassador at Venice and from 1749 to 1751 he represented his country at The Hague. In 1751 he became Secretary of State for the Southern Department, transferring in 1754 to the Northern Department, and he remained in office until March 1761, when he was dismissed by King George III in favor of Lord Bute, although he had largely been a cipher in that position to the stronger personalities of his colleagues, successively the Duke of Newcastle, Thomas Robinson, Henry Fox, and William Pitt the Elder. From 1771 to 1776 he acted as governor to two of the King's sons, a solemn phantom as Horace Walpole calls him. He left no sons, and all his titles became extinct except the Baronies of Darcy (de Knayth) and Conyers, which were Baronies by Writ, and the Portuguese countship of Mértola. In those peerages he was succeeded by his daughter, Amelia Osborne, Marchioness of Carmarthen.

David Hume wrote, "It is remarkable that this family of d'Arcy [sic] seems to be the only male descendant of any of the Conqueror's barons now remaining among the Peers. Lord Holdernessae [sic] is the heir of that family".[1]

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References

  1. ^ History of England (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1975), p. 16 n. 14.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
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Minister at Venice
1744-1746
Succeeded by
Sir James Gray
Preceded by
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Minister at the Hague
1749-1751
Succeeded by
Joseph Yorke
Political offices
Preceded by
The Duke of Bedford
Secretary of State for the Southern Department
1751–1754
Succeeded by
Thomas Robinson
Preceded by
The Duke of Newcastle
Secretary of State for the Northern Department
1754–1761
Succeeded by
The Earl of Bute
Preceded by
William Pitt
Secretary of State for the Southern Department
1757
Succeeded by
William Pitt
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Conyers Darcy
Lord Lieutenant of the North Riding of Yorkshire
1740–1778
Succeeded by
The Earl Fauconberg
Preceded by
The Marquess of Rockingham
Custos Rotulorum of the North Riding of Yorkshire
1762–1765
Succeeded by
The Marquess of Rockingham
Vice-Admiral of Yorkshire
1763–1776
Preceded by
The Duke of Dorset
Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports
1765–1778
Succeeded by
The Lord North
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Robert Darcy
Earl of Holderness
1722–1778
Extinct
Baron Darcy de Knayth and Conyers
1722–1778
Succeeded by
Amelia Osborne
Titles of nobility
Preceded by
Frederica Mildmay
Count of Mértola
1751–1778
Succeeded by
Amelia Osborne
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