Carolina Lords Proprietors

William Craven, 1st Baron Craven


June 1608 to April 9, 1697

William Craven, 1st Baron Craven (June 1608-April 9, 1697), was a devoted follower of the Stuarts. The sums he spent on defending King Charles I were enormous. He had a distinguished military career in Germany. He was a patron of the arts and letters, an early member of the Royal Society (for scientific research) and was rewarded by King Charles II with many honors and much wealth.

He outlived all the other Lords Proprietors and died a bachelor, at the age of almost 89.


William, Lord Craven, also called Baron Craven (from 1627 to 1665), was an English courtier known for his long association with the “winter queen” of Bohemia, the English princess, Elizabeth, who was the consort of Frederick V, the elector Palatine. A Royalist during the English Civil Wars, Craven provided considerable financial support for both King Charles I and King Charles II.

Upon the death of Sir George Carteret, Baronet on January 14, 1680, William Craven, 1st Baron Craven was named the fourth Palatine of Carolina, and he held this position the longest of any of the Lords Proprietors before him or after him.


Upon his death in 1697, his share of Carolina was inherited by his grand-nephew, William Craven, 2nd Baron Craven. Also upon his death, John Grenville, 1st Earl of Bath was named the fifth Palatine of Carolina.
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