Thomas William Coke

6th May 1754 - 30th Jun 1842

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Trustee of the marriage settlement of Sir Francis Ford and Mary Anson (who was the sister of his son-in-law Thomas 1st Viscount Anson) and one of a group, alongside Sir George Anson, the Earl of Lichfield and the Rt Hon Anne Margaret Viscountess Anson, who lodged a counterclaim on Barbados claim no. 270 in this capacity.. 

'Coke of Norfolk'. Agricultural improver and MP. Firmly Whig and as such supporter of Whig schemes for Parliamentary reform for example and 'regarded as a staunch friend of the abolition of the slave trade' (Thorne, p. 479) while also being opposed, for instance, to the West India sugar planters on the question of distillation - that is the substitution of sugar and molasses for barley in distillation, a scheme proposed to help the West India planters in 1808 and again in 1811. 

Created Earl of Leicester of Holkham and Viscount Coke on 12 August 1837, following Queen Victoria's accession.


T71/895 Barbados claim no. 270 (Lewis [Lear's?] Plantation). 

J.V. Beckett, ‘Coke, Thomas William, first earl of Leicester of Holkham (1754–1842)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2004); online edn, Jan 2008 [ [accessed 06/08/2012]; R. G. Thorne (ed.), The House of Commons, 1790-1820 (5 vols., London, Secker & Warburg for the History of Parliament Trust, 1986), vol. 3, pp. 477-80.

Further Information

(1) Jane Dutton (2) Lady Anne Amelia Keppel
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Associated Claims (1)

£6,956 0s 4d
Unsuccessful claimant (Trustee)

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Cultural (3)

Prints, Drawings & Paintings
Print, half-length portrait of Thomas William Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester of Holkham (1754-1842), when Member of Parliament. Mezzotint by Charles Turner after Sir Thomas Lawrence,... 
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Richard Ramsay Reinagle. Thomas William Coke, Earl of Leicester. Dated 1815. 1 of 42 portraits in A Collection of Original Portraits, 1819 collected by Dawson... 
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Prints, Drawings & Paintings
Print, whole-length portrait of Thomas William Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester, mezzotint by Charles Turner after Thomas Lawrence,... 
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Political (1)

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Norfolk Norfolk
1776 - 1784
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Norfolk Norfolk
1790 - 1807
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Derby Derbyshire
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Norfolk Norfolk
1807 - 1832

Relationships (1)

Husband → Wife
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26th Feb 1822

Addresses (1)

Holkham, Norfolk, East Anglia, England