Carey, John, third Lord Hunsdon d. 1617, second son of Henry, first lord Hunsdon [qv.], was deputy warden of the eastern marches under his father, and M.P. for Buckingham 1584, 1588-9, and 1592. As marshal of Berwick he proclaimed James I king of England, when his brother Sir Robert Carey [qv.] rode north with news of Queen Elizabeth's death. He was esteemed by James I, and appears to have conducted some diplomatic business between the king and Queen Elizabeth with rare sagacity and tact. His brother Sir Robert mentions him once or twice in his autobiographical memoirs, and always with respect, though he had little to thank him for in the bargain the brothers made for the possession of Norham Castle. On the death of his brother George, second lord Hunsdon [qv.], without male issue, he succeeded to the title in September 1603 (ib. p. 263). His name appears occasionally in the court pageants of James I's reign. He married Mary, daughter of Leonard Hyde of Throcking, Hertfordshire, and, dying in April 1617, left behind two sons, Henry and Charles, of whom the elder, Henry, succeeded to the title, and became subsequently Viscount Rochfort and Earl of Dover.

     Memoirs of Sir Robert Carey
     Nichols's Progresses of King James I
     Banks's Dormant and Extinct Baronage
     Calendar of State Papers, Scotland, 1509-1603.

Contributor: A. J. [Augustus Jessopp]

Published: 1886