Edward Conway, 1st Viscount Conway

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The Right Honourable
The Viscount Conway
Lord President of the Council
In office
Monarch Charles I
Preceded by The Earl of Marlborough
Personal details
Born Edward Conway
1564 (1564)
Died 3 January 1631 (1631-01-04)
St Martin's Lane, London, England
Resting place Arrow, Warwickshire, England
Nationality English

Edward Conway, 1st Viscount Conway PC (1564 – 3 January 1631) was an English soldier and statesman. Notable among his descendants are Queen Elizabeth II and Barack Obama.[1] He was the son and heir of Sir John Conway of Arrow, and his wife Ellen or Eleanor, daughter of Sir Fulke Greville of Beauchamp's Court, Warwickshire.[2]

He commanded a foot regiment at the sack of Cadiz in 1596, where he was knighted. He then served as governor of Brill, an English Cautionary Town near Rotterdam in the Netherlands, where his daughter Brilliana (who married Robert Harley) was born. In the first parliament held in the reign of James I, he sat as member for Penryn. When Brill was handed back to the States of Holland in 1616, he was given a pension.

He was appointed to the Privy Council in 1622 and made a Secretary of State in January 1623 for five years. In the parliament which convened on 19 February 1624 he was returned for Evesham. He was created Baron Conway, of Ragley, in 1624 or 1625 and Viscount Conway in 1627, and received the Irish peerage title of Viscount Killultagh. No doubt as a result of his time in the Netherlands, he was a supporter of a 'Protestant' foreign policy; he was sent as ambassador to Prague. In 1628, he was appointed Lord President of the Council, a post he held until his death on 3 January 1631. By his wife Dorothy, daughter of Sir John Tracy of Tedington, Gloucestershire, and widow of Edmund Bray, he had three sons and four daughters. He was succeeded by his son Edward.[2]


  1. ^ https://www.geni.com/path/Queen+Elizabeth+II+is+related+to+Barack+H+Obama+44th+President+of+the+USA?from=6000000003075071669&to=6000000010349180549
  2. ^ a b s:Conway, Edward (DNB00)


  • Kelsey, Sean (May 2008). "Conway, Edward, first Viscount Conway and first Viscount Killultagh (c.1564–1631)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/6120. Retrieved 28 June 2009. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Thomas Prowse
William Maynard
Member of Parliament for Penryn
With: William Maynard
Succeeded by
William Maynard
Sir Francis Crane
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Biggs, 1st Baronet
Anthony Langston
Member of Parliament for Evesham
With: Richard Cresheld
Succeeded by
Richard Cresheld
Anthony Langston
Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Southampton
Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire
Succeeded by
The Lord Weston
Preceded by
Robert Naunton
George Calvert
Secretary of State
With: George Calvert 1623–1625
Albertus Morton 1625
John Coke 1625–1628
Succeeded by
The Viscount Dorchester
John Coke
Preceded by
The Earl of Marlborough
Lord President of the Council
Next known title holder:
The Earl of Shaftesbury
Preceded by
Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter
Governor of Brill, The Netherlands.
Next known title holder:
Peerage of England
New creation Viscount Conway
Succeeded by
Edward Conway
Baron Conway
(descended by acceleration)

Peerage of Ireland
New creation Viscount Killultagh
Succeeded by
Edward Conway
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