COOTE, Eyre (1726-83), of West Park, nr. Rockbourn, Hants.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1768 - 1774
1774 - 1780

Family and Education

b. 1726, 4th s. of Rev. Chidley Coote of Ash Hill, co. Limerick by Jane, da. of George Evans of Bulgaden Hall, co. Limerick. m. 6 July 1763, a da. of Charles Hutchinson, gov. of St. Helena, s.p.  K.B. 28 June 1770.

Offices Held

Went out to India 1754; capt. 39 Ft. 1755; lt.-col. 84 Ft. 1759; col. 1765; col. 27 Ft. 1771-3; col. 37 Ft. 1773- d.; maj.-gen. 1775; lt.-gen. 1777; c.-in-c. Madras 1769-70, Bengal 1777- d.


In 1762 Coote, after having served under Clive at Plassey and gained a considerable reputation by his own victories at Wandewash and Pondicherry, returned to England and bought the estate of West Park in Hampshire. Before the general election of 1768 he was encouraged by his friend Welbore Ellis 1 to stand at Aylesbury, but finding that he was to be opposed by Joh