FOLEY, Edward (1747-1803), of Stoke Edith, Herefs.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1768 - May 1774
30 May 1774 - 22 June 1803

Family and Education

b. 16 Mar. 1747, 2nd s. of Thomas Foley (d. 1777), and bro. of Andrew and Thomas. educ. Westminster 1764; B.N.C. Oxf. 1764; L. Inn. 1768. m. (1) 24 Oct. 1778, Lady Anne Margaret Coventry (div. 21 May 1787), da. of George William, 6th Earl of Coventry, 1s. d.v.p.; (2) 21 Mar. 1790, Elizabeth Maria, da. and h. of Thomas Hodgetts of Prestwood, Staffs., 3s. 2da.

Offices Held


Foley sat on the family interest at Droitwich; and at the by-election of 1774 was returned unopposed for Worcestershire, as he was again at the general elections of 1774, 1780, and 1784. In Parliament he conformed to the family pattern of voting: opposed North, supported the Coalition, and opposed Pitt. There is no record of his having spoken in the House before 1790.

Like his brother Thomas he became overwhelmed by gambling debts, and participated with his brother in the attempt to upset their father’s will.

Foley died 22 June 1803.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: John Brooke