Edward Coke (1824–89)

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The Hon. Edward Keppel Wentworth Coke (20 August 1824 – 26 May 1889) was a British soldier and Whig politician.


Coke was the second son of Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester, by his second wife Lady Anne Amelia, daughter of William Keppel, 4th Earl of Albemarle. Thomas Coke, 2nd Earl of Leicester was his elder brother and the Hon. Wenman Coke was his younger brother.

The bowler hat was created for Edward Coke in 1849.

Military and political career

Coke was a Captain in the Scots Fusiliers. He was returned to Parliament for Norfolk West in 1847, a seat he held until 1852.[1] He also served as High Sheriff of Derbyshire in 1859.


Coke married the Hon. Diana Agar-Ellis,[2] daughter of George Agar-Ellis, 1st Baron Dover, in 1851. He died in May 1889, aged 64. His wife survived him by just over a year and died in July 1890.


  1. Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. pp. 429–430. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 
  2. thepeerage.com Hon. Diana Mary Blanche Georgiana Agar-Ellis

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Bagge
William Lyde Wiggett Chute
Member of Parliament for Norfolk West
With: William Bagge
Succeeded by
William Bagge
George Bentinck