Thomas Coke, 2nd Earl of Leicester

Thomas William Coke, 2nd Earl of Leicester KG DL (26 December 1822 – 24 January 1909), known as Viscount Coke from 1837 to 1842, was a British peer.

The Earl of Leicester

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Thomas Coke, second Earl of Leicester, by George Richmond, 1858.
2nd Earl of Leicester
In office
30 June 1842 – 24 January 1909
Preceded byThomas Coke
Succeeded byThomas Coke
Chancellor of the Duchy of Cornwall
In office
Preceded byHerbert William Fisher
Succeeded byThe Earl Spencer
Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk
In office
Preceded byThe Lord Wodehouse
Succeeded byViscount Coke
Personal details
Thomas William Coke

(1822-12-26)26 December 1822
Died24 January 1909(1909-01-24) (aged 86)
Spouse(s)Juliana Whitbread
Georgina Cavendish
ParentsThomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester
Lady Anne Amelia Keppel
Coat of arms of Thomas Coke, 2nd Earl of Leicester, Knight of the Garter: Per pale gules and azure, three eagles displayed argent[1]


Holkham Hall remains the family seat of the Earls of Leicester.

Leicester was the son of Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester, by his second wife Lady Anne Amelia Keppel. He succeeded to the earldom and Holkham Hall on his father's death in 1842.

Public lifeEdit

Lord Leicester served as Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk from 1846 to 1906 and was a member of the Council of the Duchy of Cornwall and Keeper of the Privy Seal. In 1873 he was made a Knight of the Garter.[2]


Lord Leicester married firstly, Juliana Whitbread (1825–1870), daughter of Samuel Charles Whitbread and Hon. Julia Trevor (d. 1858), on 20 April 1843. They had nine children:

Lord Leicester married secondly, Hon. Georgina Cavendish, daughter of William Cavendish, 2nd Baron Chesham, on 26 August 1875. They had six children:

  • Major Hon. Richard Coke (20 August 1876 – 14 June 1964) he married Hon. Doreen O'Brien (niece of The Honorable Alice White though her eldest sister) on 21 December 1907 and they were divorced in 1927. They have five children. He remarried Elizabeth Vera Catherine Alice de Beaumont (maternal grandfather Thomas O'Hagan, 1st Baron O'Hagan) on 19 July 1932. They have three children.
  • Lady Mabel Coke ( 1878 – 29 January 1967) she married James Luddington on 8 August 1929.
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Hon. Edward Coke (17 October 1879 – 4 September 1944), died unmarried.
Thomas Coke, second Earl of Leicester, by Leslie Ward, 1883

  • Captain Hon. Reginald Coke (10 November 1883 – 30 April 1969) he married Katharine Ryder (granddaughter of Henry Ryder, 4th Earl of Harrowby) on 17 July 1924. They have two daughters.
  • Hon. Henry Coke ( 1888 – 1892).
  • Commander Hon. Lovel William Coke (19 August 1893 – 16 March 1966), died unmarried.


  1. ^ Debrett's Peerage, 1967, p.669
  2. ^ Clarke, Ernest (1912). "Coke, Thomas William" . Dictionary of National Biography (2nd supplement). London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  3. ^ Kidd, C. (1990). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage 1990. Debrett's Peerage 1990. ISBN 9780333388471. Retrieved 3 August 2016. Rosemary Olive (Baroness Hamilton of Dalzell), b 1910: m 1935, 3rd Baron Hamilton of Dalzell. Residence – Garden Cottage, Snowdenham House, Bramley, Guildford.— Celia Dorothy, b 1919: m 1942, Stamp Godfrey Brooksbank, Capt ...
  4. ^ Burgess, K. (22 January 2018). "Princess Eugenie to marry in autumn". The Times. Retrieved 11 October 2018. He is a descendant of the Brooksbank baronets and his ancestors include Stamp Brooksbank, a governor of the Bank of England in the 18th century, Thomas Coke, the second Earl of Leicester, and Sir John (Jack) Spencer Coke, who was gentleman usher to King George VI.
  5. ^ Black, A and C (1961). "Who was who: A Companion to Who's Who". A. & C. Black, 1961. Retrieved 11 October 2018. COKE, Major Hon. Sir John (Spencer), K.C.V.O., or. 1953 (C.V.O. 1946); Scots Guards, retired ; Extra Gentleman Usher to the Queen since 1952 (Gentleman Usher In Ordinary, ...
  6. ^ "COURT AND PERSONAL Marlborough House, Monday. Queen Mary, attended by Lady Cecily Vesey and Major the Hon. John Coke..." Belfast News-Letter Antrim, Northern Ireland – November 27 1951. Retrieved 24 June 2016. (The Queen), attended by Lady Cecily Vesey and Major the Hon. John Coke, this afternoon visited the annual exhibition of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters at the Royal Institute Galleries, 195, Piccadilly. The King has approved that the honour of knighthood (be) bestowed (upon the Major...)
  7. ^ Harris, K. "Princess Eugenie's fiancé Jack is NOT a commoner - unseen photos REVEALED ahead of wedding". UK Daily Express. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  8. ^ Malvern, Jack (22 January 2018). "Jack Brooksbank: the former waiter marrying Princess Eugenie". The Times. Retrieved 23 January 2018.


Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Lord Wodehouse
Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk
Succeeded by
Viscount Coke
Court offices
Preceded by
Herbert William Fisher
Chancellor of the Duchy of Cornwall
Succeeded by
The Earl Spencer
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thomas Coke
Earl of Leicester
Succeeded by
Thomas Coke