Proby, John Joshua

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John Joshua
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1st Earl of Carysfort
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John Joshua Proby was the only son of John Proby, 1st Baron Carysfort, and Elizabeth Allen, elder daughter of John, 2nd Viscount Allen. He was educated at Westminster School, and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated M.A. in 1770. He succeeded his father 18 October 1772, took his seat in the Irish House of Lords 12 October 1773, and rapidly made his mark as a speaker. Although he had supported Grattan, he was elected a Knight of St Patrick 5 February 1784, appointed Joint Keeper of the Rolls ,and a member of the Irish Privy Council 15 July 1789. He was created Earl of Carysfort on the 20 August 1789. In February 1790, he was elected a Member of the British Parliament for East Looe, and at the election in June that year was returned for Stamford, a seat which he held until he was made a peer of Great Britain in 1801. He was Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Berlin 1800 1802, and was created Baron Carysfort of Norman Cross in Huntingdonshire 21 January 1801. Joint Postmaster General 20 February 1806, a member of the Board of Trade 18 June 1806, and a Commissioner of the Board of Control on 16 July, he resigned all these posts at the beginning of the following year. He married, firstly, 18 March 1774, Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Sir William Osborne Baronett. She died in November 1783, and he married, secondly, 12 April 1787, Elizabeth, second daughter of George Grenville. Books from his library were sold in London in 1921.

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Elton Hall, Cambridgeshire