Edward Harley (1664–1735)

Edward Harley (7 June 1664 – 30 August 1735), of Eywood, Titley, Herefordshire was a British Member of Parliament and Auditor of the Imprests. [1]

He was second son of Edward Harley of Brampton Bryan, Herefordshire and the younger brother of Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer. He was educated at Westminster School and the Middle Temple (1681), where he was called to the bar in 1688.

He represented Droitwich in Parliament from 1695 to 1698, after which he was a member for Leominster, almost continuously until 1722. He was appointed Recorder of Leominster for 1692-1732 and joint Auditor of the Imprests for life in 1702.

He purchased the Eywood estate at Titley, Herefordshire and there around 1705 built a new house, which was demolished in 1958.[2]

He married Sarah Foley, third daughter of Thomas Foley. Their eldest son (Edward) succeeded as 3rd Earl of Oxford on the death of his brother Robert's son Edward, the 2nd earl, without male issue. Their second son Robert died in infancy, after which came a daughter named Abigail and finally another son Robert Harley, Recorder of Leominster and twice Member of Parliament for that town.

SourcesEdit

  1. ^ "HARLEY, Edward (1664-1735), of Eywood, Herefs". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Eywood". Lost Heritage. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by
Brook Bridges
Thomas Done
Auditor of the imprests
1703–1735
With: Brook Bridges (1703–1705)
Arthur Mainwaring (1705–1712)
Thomas Foley (1713–1735)
Succeeded by
William Benson
Thomas Foley
Parliament of England
Preceded by
The Lord Coote
Philip Foley
Member of Parliament for Droitwich
1695–1698
With: Charles Cocks
Succeeded by
Charles Cocks
Thomas Foley
Preceded by
The Lord Coningsby
John Dutton Colt
Member of Parliament for Leominster
1698–1701
With: The Lord Coningsby
Succeeded by
The Lord Coningsby
John Dutton Colt
Preceded by
The Lord Coningsby
John Dutton Colt
Member of Parliament for Leominster
1701–1707
With: The Lord Coningsby
Succeeded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Parliament of England
Member of Parliament for Leominster
1707–1722
With: The Lord Coningsby 1707–1710
Edward Bangham 1710–1713
Henry Gorges 1713–1715
The Lord Coningsby 1715–1717
George Caswall 1717–1721
William Bateman 1721–1722
Succeeded by
Sir Archer Croft, Bt
Sir George Caswall