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First Reading

Paul Brewster  •  Link

Marmaduke, fifth son of Conyers, Lord Darcy, one of the companions of Charles's exile, whom the King was wont to call "'Duke Darcey," and he is so styled in Charles's narrative of his escape, as given to Pepys. On the pavement in the south aisle of St. George's Chapel, Windsor, is the following inscription: -- "Here lyeth the body of the Honourable Marmaduke Darcy, Esq., brother to the Earl of Holderness, first gentlemen usher of the privy-chamber to his Majesty, who died in this castle on Sunday, the 3rd of July, in the seventy-third year of his age, A.D. 1687"
per Wheatley

Second Reading

Bill  •  Link

Marmaduke Darcy, born 1615, a gallant gentleman, as my Lord Clarendon writes, who was sent by the Earl of Rochester into the north to prepare the way for the restoration of King Charles the second; where he brought many who would have rose for the King, had not the Earl, who came there, discouraged them. He was Gentleman usher of the privy chamber to King Charles the second, and dying unmarried on the 3d of July 1687, aged 72, was buried at Windsor.
---Peerage of England. A. Collins, 1756.

Third Reading

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Marmaduke Darcy, always ‘Duke’ to his friends, served in the King’s army under his cousin Lord Belasyse [Baron John Belasyse of Worlaby] until the surrender of Newark [in June, 1645].

"Duke" Darcy was one of Charles II’s followers expelled from Scotland in 1650,

He lived peacefully in exile at Regensburg (AKA Ratisbon -- a Bavarian city on the Danube River in southeast Germany), until 1655.

Then, as ‘a gallant gentleman and nobly allied in the northern parts’, he was selected to lead a 1655 royalist rising in Yorkshire [Penruddock's Uprising]. Which failed.

"Duke" Darcy fled and joined the exiled Court, and was given the post of Gentleman Usher of the Privy Chamber to Charles II, which he retained for the rest of his life.

Marmaduke Darcy returned to England with Charles II at the Restoration,

Marmaduke Darcy was elected MP for Richmond on the family interest in 1665 [he was a younger brother of the 1st Earl of Holdernesse].

An inactive Member of the Cavalier Parliament, "Duke" Darcy MP was appointed to 19 committees at most, but only the committee of elections and privileges in 3 sessions and 2 private bill committees can be certainly assigned to him.

In consideration of his ‘services and sufferings’ "Duke" Darcy was given £1,050 in 1667, but a further £3,000 long remained unpaid.

As a court dependant, Marmaduke Darcy MP’s name appeared on both lists of the court party in 1669-71, and also in Flagellum Parliamentarium, although the author confused him with his brother James, the Master of the Royal Stud. [That has to do with horse breeding, folks.]

In 1672 Marmaduke Darcy MP succeeded Bullen Reymes MP as Surveyor of the Great Wardrobe, with a salary of £300 p.a.

Marmaduke Darcy MP was noted as one of the officials in the Commons in 1675, classed as ‘thrice vile’ by Anthony Ashley-Cooper, Earl of Shaftesbury, and listed as a government supporter by the Court in 1678.6

Although not blacklisted in the ‘unanimous club’, "Duke" Darcy MP was overwhelmingly defeated by Humphrey Wharton MP at the general election and never stood again,

Marmaduke Darcy MP presented the loyal address from Richmond in 1681 and succeeded the exclusionist Thomas Cradock MP as recorder under the new charter.

With strong support from James Butler, Duke of Ormonde, Darcy’s claims on the crown were settled in 1684 by the grant of £3,600 spread over 6 years.

Marmaduke Darcy MP died in his bed in Windsor Castle on 3 July 1687, and was buried in St. George’s chapel.


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