ASHLEY (ASHLEY COOPER), Hon. Cropley (1768-1851), of Wimborne St. Giles, Dorset.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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30 Jan. - 11 June 1790
14 Apr. 1791 - 14 May 1811

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.

Offices Held

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.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: E. A. Smith