LOVEDEN, Edward Loveden (?1750-1822), of Buscot Park, Berks.
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Family and Education
b. ?1750, o. surv. s. of Thomas Townshend of Cirencester by Jane, da. of Thomas Baker of Buscot (by Martha, da. of Edward Loveden of Buscot). educ. Winchester 1762-5; Trinity, Oxf. 1767. m. (1) 15 July 1773, Margaret (d. 30 Jan. 1784), da. and h. of Lewis Pryse of Gogerddan, Card., 3s. 3da.; (2) 20 Aug. 1785, Elizabeth (d. 25 Jan. 1788), da. and h. of John Darker, wid. of Joseph Nash, s.p.; (3) Anne, da. of Thomas Linthall of Great Marlow, Bucks., s.p. suc. fa. Jan. 1767; maternal uncle 1772, and assumed name of Loveden.
Sheriff, Berks. 1781-2, Brec. 1799-1800.
Loveden’s inheritance of the Buscot Park estate, where between 1780 and 1783 he built one of the finest houses in the county, gave him a preponderant influence at Abingdon, and at the by-election of 1783 and again in 1784 he was returned there unopposed as an opponent of the Coalition.1 He did not vote on Fox’s East India bill, 27 Nov. 1783, but in Robinson’s list of January 1784 he was classed as an Administration supporter. He himself told the House on 27 Feb. that ‘he had never enlisted under the banners of party’, and consequently he ‘would give his reasons for supporting the present minister in preference to those who had been dismissed’: he was, he declared, opposed to the unconstitutional attempts by the House to interfere with the rightful exercise of the prerogative; and he concluded with ‘a handsome compliment to Mr. Pitt, [and] said an unblemished moral character was a sine qua non in a minister. He was very severe on the Coalition.’2Loveden voted for Richmond’s fortifications plan, 27 Feb. 1786. But on 18 Apr. 1788, while professing great admiration for Pitt, he supported Bastard’s motion condemning Howe’s naval promotions, and on its defeat, declared the Administration ‘had not much to boast or plume themselves upon ... A victory gained at the expense of honour and justice, he considered virtually as a defeat.’ In May 1788 he was a signatory to the third party circular. He voted against Pitt on the Regency 16 Dec.