ASHLEY COOPER, Hon. Anthony Henry (1807-1858).
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Family and Educationb. 5 May 1807, 3rd s. of Cropley Ashley†, 6th earl of Shaftesbury (d. 1851), and Lady Anne Spencer, da. of George, 4th duke of Marlborough; bro. of Anthony Ashley Cooper, Lord Ashley*, Hon. Anthony John Ashley Cooper* and Hon. Anthony William Ashley Cooper*. educ. Eton 1817. m. 2 Oct. 1835, Jane Frances, da. of Robert Pattison, banker, of Wrackleford House, nr. Dorchester, Dorset, 2da. d. 30 Nov. 1858.
Ensign 85 Ft. 1825, lt. 1826, capt. 1831; capt. Staff Corps (half-pay) 1834; capt. 9 Drag. and res. 1841.
Henry Ashley, as he was called, entered the 85th Foot in 1825 while still under age and, according to his eldest brother Lord Ashley’s journal, 28 Apr. 1826, bore ‘a good character at Malta’.1 In 1827 Lord Ashley sought and received the advice of the duke of Wellington, the commander-in-chief, on how his brother could advance his career.