ASHLEY (ASHLEY COOPER), Hon. Cropley (1768-1851), of Wimborne St. Giles, Dorset.
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Family and Education
b. 21 Dec. 1768, 2nd s. of Anthony, 4th Earl of Shaftesbury, by his 2nd w. Hon. Mary Bouverie, da. of Jacob, 1st Visct. Folkestone. educ.Winchester 1778; Ch. Ch. Oxf. 1785-7. m. 10 Dec. 1796, Lady Anne Spencer, da. of George, 4th Duke of Marlborough, 6s. 4da. suc. bro. as 6th Earl of Shaftesbury 14 May 1811.
Clerk of deliveries of the Ordnance 1804-6, Mar.-July 1807; clerk of the Ordnance 1807-11; P.C. 22 July 1814; chairman of committees House of Lords 1814-51.
Ashley was returned on the family interest at Dorchester shortly before the dissolution. Defeated at the general election of 1790, he was returned on petition.
He died 2 June 1851.