George Carey, 2nd Baron Hunsdon
d.9 Sep 1603
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George Carey, 2nd Baron Hunsdon KG (1547 – 9 September 1603) was the eldest son of Henry Carey, 1st Baron Hunsdon and Anne Morgan. His father was first cousin to Elizabeth I of England.
In 1560, at the age of 13, George matriculated at Trinity College, Cambridge. In 1566 he accompanied the Earl of Bedford on an official mission to Scotland, to attend the baptism of the future King James VI.
During the Northern Rebellion of 1569, George was knighted in the field by the Earl of Sussex for bravery. George had challenged Lord Fleming, the commander of Dunbar Castle, to single combat.
George served as a member of Parliament in the Commons for several terms (for Hertfordshire in 1571, for Hampshire in 1584, 1586, 1588–1589, 1592).
George was sent to Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight and later assumed command of the Isle's defenses during the Spanish Armada threat.
In July 1596, when his father died, George became the second Baron Hunsdon, and the following year he was appointed Lord Chamberlain, a position which had been held by his father.
Both Henry and George Carey were patrons of the professional theatre company in London known as "the Lord Chamberlain's Men". Talents such as William Shakespeare and Richard Burbage were among the writers and performers of the company. In 1597 George was invested as a Knight of the Garter, and it is generally agreed that the first performance of William Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor was held to commemorate the occasion.
George married Elizabeth Spencer (related to poet/author Edmund Spenser), who like her husband was a patron of the arts. They had one daughter, Elizabeth.
He died on 9 September 1603 (from venereal disease and mercury poisoning), and his brother John (the next eldest) became the third Lord Hunsdon.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 CAREY, Sir George (1547-1603), in The History of Parliament.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 George Carey, 2nd Baron Hunsdon, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. (Online: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.).