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Sir Edward Carne (c.1500-1561) was a Welsh Renaissance scholar, diplomat and English Member of Parliament.

Life history

Carne was born around 1500 to Howel Carne of Cowbridge in Glamorgan, and his wife Cicily, the daughter of William Kemys. Carne was descended from Thomas Le Carne, who was the second son of Ithyn, King of Gwent. He was educated at Oxford University, and became principal of Greek Hall. He was made Doctor of Civil Law in 1524.

Carne became known as an erudite and eloquent speaker and became attached to the court of Henry VIII. In 1530 he was selected in a legal capacity to represent the embassy of the Earl of Wiltshire, Anne Boleyn's father.

Carne profited from the Dissolution of the Monasteries in Glamorgan, where he purchased Ewenny Priory. He served on embassies to Emperor Charles V and to Rome, where he chose to remain on the accession of Elizabeth I. He is buried in the narthex of the Church of St.Gregory on the Caelian Hill in Rome.


  • C. J. O. Evans (1938), Glamorgan, its History and Topography

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Parliament of England
Preceded by
Member of Parliament for Glamorganshire
1554 – 1555
Succeeded by


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