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Leicester, Earl of (GB, 1744 - 1759)


Creation: let.pat. 9 May 1744


Extinct: 20 Apr 1759


Family name: Coke




 See Earl of Leicester



Edward Coke, of Holkham, co. Norfolk

only son of Robert Coke, of Thorington and Holkham, co. Norfolk, by his wife Lady Anne Osborne, 1st dau. of Thomas [Osborne], 1st Duke of Leeds



c. 1696 Cary Newton (d. 4 Aug 1707), only dau. of Sir John Newton, 3rd Bt., of Barr's Court, co. Gloucester, by his first wife Abigail Heveringham, dau. of William Heveringham, of Heveringham, co. Suffolk


1. Thomas Coke, later 1st Baron Lovel later 1st Earl of Leicester

2. Edward Coke, of Langford, co. Derby (d. Aug 1733)

3. Robert Coke, of Hillingdon, co. Middlesex, and of Langford, co. Derby, Vice Chamberlain to Queen Anne (dsp. 1750), mar. 13 Jun 1733 Lady Jane Holt, suo jure Baroness Wharton, 1st dau. of Thomas [Wharton], 1st Marquess of Wharton, by his second wife Hon Lucy Loftus, only surv. dau. and hrss. of Adam [Loftus], 1st Viscount Lisburn

1. Cary Coke (dsp. 11 Jun 1734), mar. 1716 Sir Marmaduke Wyvill, 6th Bt., of Constable Burton Hall, co. York

2. Anne Coke, mar. Maj Philip Roberts, and had issue:

1a. Wenman Roberts later Coke, of Langford, co. Derby, and Holkham Hall, co. Norfolk, mar. Elizabeth Denton (d. 1810), dau. of George Chamberlayne later Denton, of Hillesden, co. Buckingham, and had issue:

1b. Thomas William Coke, later 1st Earl of Leicester

2b. Edward Coke, of Langford, co. Derby, mar. 1792 Grace Colhoun, dau. of William Colhoun, of Wrotham, co. Norfolk, and had issue

1b. Margaret Coke (d. 22 Jan 1821), mar. 21 Dec 1760 Sir Henry Hunloke, 4th Bt., and had issue

2b. Elizabeth Coke (d. 17 Dec 1824), mar. 7 Jul 1774 James [Naper later Dutton], 1st Baron Sherborne, and had issue


13 Apr 1707

suc. by



Thomas [Coke], 1st Baton Lovel later 1st Earl of Leicester, KB


17 Jun 1697


3 Jul 1718 Lady Margaret Tufton, suo jure Baroness de Clifford (b. 16 Jun 1700; d. 28 Feb 1775), 3rd dau. and cohrss. of Thomas [Tufton], 6th Earl of Thanet, by his wife Lady Catherine Cavendish, 4th dau. and cohrss. of Henry [Cavendish], 2nd Duke of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

only child

1. Hon Edward Coke, styled Viscount Coke, Member of Parliament (Whig) for Norfolk 1741-47 and for Harwich 1747-53 (b. 2 Feb 1718/9; dvp. and sp. 31 Aug 1753), mar. 1 Apr 1747 Lady Mary Campbell (b. 6 Feb 1726/7; dsp. 30 Apr 1811), 5th dau. and cohrss. of John [Campbell], 2nd Duke of Argyll, by his second wife Jane Warburton, dau. of Thomas Warburton, of Winnington, co. Chester


s.p.s. 20 Apr 1759


28 May 1728 Baron Lovel, of Minster Lovel in the County of Oxford

9 May 1744 Viscount Coke, of Holkham in the County of Norfolk, and Earl of Leicester


Member of Parliament (Whig) for Norfolk 1722-28; Knight of the Bath 1725; Grandmaster of English Freemasons 1731-32; Joint Postmaster General 1733-45 and 1745-58; Postmaster General 1745 and 1758-59


On the death of the Earl of Leicester all his titles became extinct and the Holkham Hall estates passed to his nephew, Wenman Roberts later Coke. In 1837 Thomas William Coke, elder son of Wenman Coke, was created Earl of Leicester.




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