Walter Carey (politician)

Walter Carey (also spelt 'Cary') FRS (17 October 1685 – 27 April 1757), of West Sheen, Surrey, was a British administrator and politician who sat in the House of Commons for 35 years from 1722 to 1757.

Carey was the eldest son of Walter Carey of Everton, Bedfordshire and his wife Annabella Halford, daughter of Sir William Halford. He matriculated at New College, Oxford on 14 December 1704, aged 18 and was awarded B.A. in 1708, and created M.A. on 15 September 1730.[1] He succeeded his father in 1714.

Cary was an extraordinary Clerk of the Privy Council from 1717 to 1729 and Clerk of the Privy Council in ordinary from 1729 to his death. He was surveyor general to the Prince of Wales (1723–25), Warden of the Mint (1725–27) and a Lord of Trade (1727–30).[2]

He was a Member of Parliament in the Parliament of Great Britain for Helston from 1722 to 1727 and for Dartmouth from 1727 to 1757. He was also a Member of the Parliament of Ireland for Clogher from 1731 to 1757[3] and Chief Secretary to the Duke of Dorset as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland from 1730 to 1737.[4]

In 1727 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.[5] He was a Clerk of the Green Cloth from 1738 to his death.

Carey died in 1757. He had married twice: firstly Elizabeth, the daughter of Anthony Stuart, MP, of London and widow of John Jeffreys, MP and secondly Elizabeth, the daughter and coheiress of Anthony Collins of Baddow Hall, Essex. He had no children of his own with either wife.


  1. ^ Foster, Joseph. "Cabell-Chafe in Alumni Oxonienses 1500-1714 pp. 228-254". British History Online. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  2. ^ "CAREY, Walter (1685-1757), of West Sheen, Surr". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  3. ^ Ulster Historical Foundation - Biographies of Members of the Irish Parliament 1692-1800
  4. ^ Moody, T. W.; Martin, F. X.; Byrne, F. J., eds. (1984). Maps, Genealogies, Lists: A Companion to Irish History, Part II. A New History of Ireland. Volume IX. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 530. ISBN 0-19-821745-5.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  5. ^ "Fellows details". Royal Society. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir Gilbert Heathcote
Sidney Godolphin
Member of Parliament for Helston
With: Sir Robert Raymond 1722–1724
Sir Clement Wearg 1724–1726
Exton Sayer 1726–1727
Succeeded by
John Evelyn
John Harris
Preceded by
George Treby III
Thomas Martyn
Member of Parliament for Dartmouth
With: George Treby II 1727–1742
Lord Archibald Hamilton 1742–1747
John Jeffreys 1747–1757
Succeeded by
John Jeffreys
Hon. Richard Howe
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Sir Ralph Gore, 4th Baronet
Silvester Crosse
Member of Parliament for Clogher
With: Sir Ralph Gore, 4th Baronet 1731–1733
Richard Vincent 1733–1757
Succeeded by
Richard Vincent
Nehemiah Nixon Donnellan
Political offices
Preceded by
William Thompson
Warden of the Mint
Succeeded by
Sir Andew Fountaine
Preceded by
Thomas Clutterbuck
Chief Secretary for Ireland
Succeeded by
Sir Edward Walpole