The Right Honourable The Earl of Holderness PC

Secretary of State for the Southern Department
In office
6 April 1757 – 27 June 1757
Monarch George II
Preceded by William Pitt
Succeeded by William Pitt
In office
18 June 1751 – 23 March 1754
Monarch George II
Preceded by The Duke of Bedford
Succeeded by Thomas Robinson

Secretary of State for the Northern Department
In office
23 March 1754 – 25 March 1761
Monarch George II
George III
Preceded by The Duke of Newcastle
Succeeded by The Earl of Bute


Robert Darcy, 4th Earl of Holderness, 8th Lord Conyers, 11th Lord Darcy de Knayth, Count of Mértola, was born 17 May 1718 to Robert Darcy, 3rd Earl of Holdernesse (1681-1722) and Frederica Susanna Schomberg (c1687-1751) and died 16 May 1778 of unspecified causes. He married Mary Doublet (c1721-1801) 29 October 1743 . Willem van Oranje (1533-1584), Alfred the Great (849-899)/s, Charlemagne (747-814)/s, Henry II of England (1133-1189)/s, Hugh Capet (c940-996)/s, William I of England (1027-1087)/s, Robert I of Scotland (1274-1329)/s, Rollo of Normandy (860-932)/s.

On his death, his earldom became extinct. His daughter inherited the Baronies by Writ, and the Portuguese countship of Mértola.


Offspring of Robert Darcy, 4th Earl of Holderness and Mary Doublet (c1721-1801)
Name Birth Death Joined with
George Darcy (1745-1747)
Thomas Darcy (1750-1750)
Amelia Darcy (1754-1784) 12 October 1754 26 January 1784 Francis Godolphin Osborne, 5th Duke of Leeds (1751-1799)
John Byron (1756-1791)

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