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Edward Hopkins (c. 1675 – 17 January 1736), of Coventry, was an English Whig politician who sat in the English and British House of Commons between 1701 and 1727 and in the Parliament of Ireland from 1721 to 1727. He held a number of government posts in Ireland.

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Early lifeEdit

Hopkins was the son of Richard Hopkins of Coventry, who was MP for that city. He was educated at Eton College between 1687 and 1692 and matriculated at Trinity College, Oxford on 2 July 1692.[1] Between 1696 and 1700 he went on a Grand Tour through Flanders, France and Italy.[2]

CareerEdit

Hopkins was elected as a Whig Member of Parliament for Coventry at the second general election of 1701, but lost the seat at the 1702 English general election. He stood for Coventry again at the 1705 English general election, although he could not attend the poll as he had fallen off his horse in Pall Mall. However the election turned into a riot, in which Hopkins and his fellow Whig candidate were defeated. A re-run of the election was held in 1707 and this time Hopkins was returned. He was elected again at the 1708 general election. In Parliament he was a teller for the Whigs on divisions, he voted for the naturalization of the Palatines in 1709 and for the impeachment of Dr Sacheverell in 1710. At the 1710 he was defeated in another hard contest. He transferred to Eye at the 1713 general election, where he was brought in on the interest of Lord Cornwallis.[2]

Hopkins was returned unopposed as MP for Eye at the 1715 general election. Although returned at the 1722 general election, he spent time in Ireland,[3] He was Irish Commissioner of Revenue from 1716 to 1722 and was a Member of the Parliament of Ireland for Dublin University from 1721 to 1727.[4] He was Chief Secretary to the Duke of Grafton when the latter was Lord Lieutenant of Ireland between 1721 and 1724.[5] He was also appointed Master of the Revels for Ireland for life in 1722 and a Privy Counsellor for Ireland the same year. He did not stand in the1727 British general election.[3]

Later life and legacyEdit

Hopkins married Anna Maria Chamberlayne, the daughter and coheiress of Dr. Hugh Chamberlayne of Alderton Manor and Hinton Hall, Suffolk on 1 March 1725.[3] He died on 17 January 1736, at Ewell in Surrey and was buried at St Michael's church, Coventry, where the family monument described him as ‘a person eminently distinguished for parts, politeness and all other amiable qualities’. He and his wife had three sons, who all died childless, and two daughters. He was succeeded by his eldest son Richard Hopkins, an MP for more than 30 years. His daughter Anne married William Northey, MP.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Foster, Joseph. "Wasborow-Wesley in Alumni Oxonienses 1500-1714 pp.1577-1600". British History Online. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b "HOPKINS, Edward (1674/75-1736), of Coventry, Warws". History of Parliament Online (1690-1715). Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "HOPKINS, Edward (?1675-1736), of Coventry". History of Parliament Online (1715-1754). Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  4. ^ Ulster Historical Foundation - Biographies of Members of the Irish Parliament 1692-1800
  5. ^ Moody, T. W.; Martin, F. X.; Byrne, F. J., eds. (1984). Maps, Genealogies, Lists: A Companion to Irish History, Part II. A New History of Ireland. Volume IX. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 530. ISBN 0-19-821745-5.
  6. ^ Burke, John. Encyclopædia of Heraldry, Or General Armory of England, Scotland and Ireland.
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Christopher Hales, Bt
Thomas Hopkins
Member of Parliament for Coventry
1701–1702
With: Sir Christopher Hales, Bt
Succeeded by
Sir Christopher Hales, Bt
Thomas Gery
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir Christopher Hales, Bt
Thomas Gery
Member of Parliament for Coventry
1707 –1710
With: Sir Orlando Bridgeman, Bt
Succeeded by
Robert Craven
Thomas Gery
Preceded by
Sir Joseph Jekyll
Thomas Maynard
Member of Parliament for Eye
17131727
With: Thomas Maynard 1713-1715
Thomas Smith 1715-1722
Hon. Spencer Compton 1722
James Cornwallis 1722-1727
Succeeded by
Stephen Cornwallis
John Cornwallis
Political offices
Preceded by
Horatio Walpole
Chief Secretary for Ireland
1721–1724
Succeeded by
Thomas Clutterbuck
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Marmaduke Coghill
Samuel Dopping
Member of Parliament for Dublin University
1721-27
With: Marmaduke Coghill
Succeeded by
Marmaduke Coghill
Samuel Molyneux