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Albert Edmund Parker, 3rd Earl of Morley PC, DL, JP (11 June 1843 – 26 February 1905), styled Viscount Boringdon until 1864, was a British peer[1] and Liberal, later Liberal Unionist politician.

The Earl of Morley

Albert Edmund Parker, 3rd Earl of Morley by Thomas Dewell Scott (Illustrated London News, 1866-02-10).jpg
1866 engraving after a photograph
Under-Secretary of State for War
In office
1 May 1880 – 9 June 1885
MonarchQueen Victoria
Prime MinisterWilliam Ewart Gladstone
Preceded byViscount Bury
Succeeded byViscount Bury
First Commissioner of Works
In office
17 February 1886 – 16 April 1886
MonarchQueen Victoria
Prime MinisterWilliam Ewart Gladstone
Preceded byHon. David Plunket
Succeeded byThe Earl of Elgin
Personal details
Born(1843-06-11)11 June 1843
Died26 February 1905(1905-02-26) (aged 61)
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Margaret Holford (d. 1908)
Alma materBalliol College, Oxford


Background and educationEdit

Morley was the son of Edmund Parker, 2nd Earl of Morley, and Harriet Sophia (née Parker).[2] He was educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford.[3][4]

Political careerEdit

Morley succeeded his father as third Earl of Morley in 1864 and took his seat on the Liberal benches in the House of Lords. He served under William Ewart Gladstone as a Lord-in-waiting from 1868 to 1874 and as Under-Secretary of State for War from 1880 to 1885.[5] In February 1886 he was admitted to the Privy Council and appointed First Commissioner of Works,[6] a position he only held until April of the same year. He broke with Gladstone over Irish Home Rule and joined the Liberal Unionists.[4] From 1889 to 1905 Morley was Chairman of committees and a Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords.[3]

Apart from his career in national politics Morley was Chairman of Devon County Council and a Justice of the Peace and Deputy Lieutenant for Devon.[3] He also served as President of the first day of the 1886 Co-operative Congress.[7]

Marriage & ChildrenEdit

Lord Morley married Margaret Holford, eldest daughter of Robert Stayner Holford, in 1876. They had three sons and a daughter:[8]

Lord Morley died in February 1905, aged 61, and was succeeded in his titles by his eldest son, Edmund. Lady Morley died in 1908.[2]


  1. ^ "Morley, 3rd Earl of (cr. 1815), Albert Edmund Parker". Who's who biographies, 1901. pp. 809–810.
  2. ^ a b Lundy, Darryl. "Albert Edward Parker, 3rd Earl of Morley". The Peerage.[unreliable source]
  3. ^ a b c Moseley, Brian (18 March 2011). "The Earls of Morley". The Encyclopaedia of Plymouth History. Archived from the original on 17 April 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  4. ^ a b The New York Times, 27 February 1905
  5. ^ Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990,[page needed]
  6. ^ "No. 25560". The London Gazette. 19 February 1886. p. 796.
  7. ^ Congress Presidents 1869-2002 (PDF), February 2002, archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-05-28, retrieved 2008-05-10
  8. ^ The Peerage, entry for 3rd Earl of Morley
Political offices
Preceded by
The Viscount Strathallan
The Viscount Hawarden
The Lord Bagot
The Lord Crofton
The Lord Skelmersdale
The Lord Raglan
The Earl of Haddington
with The Marquess of Normanby 1868–1869
The Earl of Camperdown 1868–1870
The Lord Camoys 1868–1874
The Lord Suffield 1868–1872
The Lord Methuen 1868–1874
The Lord Lurgan 1869–1874
The Lord Wrottesley 1869–1874
The Marquess of Huntly 1870–1873
The Earl of Kenmare 1872–1874
The Earl of Breadalbane and Holland 1873–1874

Succeeded by
The Earl of Dunmore
The Earl of Roden
The Viscount Hawarden
The Lord Bagot
The Lord de Ros
The Lord Elphinstone
The Lord Walsingham
Preceded by
Viscount Bury
Under-Secretary of State for War
Succeeded by
Viscount Bury
Preceded by
Hon. David Plunket
First Commissioner of Works
Succeeded by
The Earl of Elgin
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Edmund Morley
Earl of Morley
Succeeded by
Edmund Robert Parker