COKE, Hon. Edward (1719-53).
Available from Boydell and Brewer
Family and Education
b. 2 Feb. 1719, o.s. of Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester. educ. Westminster 1729-35; Ch. Ch. Oxf. 1735; Grand Tour 1737-41.1 m. 1 Apr. 1747, Lady Mary Campbell, da. and coh. of John, 2nd Duke of Argyll [S], s.p. Styled Visct. Coke 1744-d.
Shortly before Coke’s return from the grand tour, his father described him as ‘sober as to wine and of a meek temper’, adding that as soon as he got back he proposed to marry him ‘to a lady of sober and good character, that would prevent his falling into the vices of the times’. Elected unopposed for his county, he showed himself ‘as warm as possible’ for Sir Robert Walpole; made a successful maiden speech in which he stressed ‘how great Sir Robert’s character is abroad’; and cried when he heard of Walpole’s resignation. He subsequently supported Pelha