Charles Cocks, 1st Baron Somers

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Charles Cocks, 1st Baron Somers (29 June 1725 – 30 January 1806), known as Sir Charles Cocks, 1st Baronet, from 1772 to 1784, was a British politician.

Cocks was the son of John Cocks and his wife Mary (née Cocks). His paternal grandfather Charles Cocks was the husband of Mary, sister and co-heiress of John Somers, 1st Baron Somers, Lord Chancellor of England. He was elected to the House of Commons for Reigate in 1747, a seat he held until 1784. Cocks was created a baronet, of Dumbleton in the County of Gloucester, in 1772 and in 1784 the barony held by his great-uncle was revived when he was raised to the peerage as Baron Somers, of Evesham in the County of Worcester.

Lord Somers married, firstly, Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Eliot, in 1759. After her death in 1771 he married, secondly, Anne, daughter of Reginald Pole, in 1772. There were children from both marriages. Lord Somers died in January 1806, aged 80, and was succeeded in his titles by his son from his first marriage, John, who was created Earl Somers in 1821. Anne, Lady Somers, died in 1833.



Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
James Cocks
Philip Yorke
Member of Parliament for Reigate
With: Philip Yorke 1747
Charles Yorke 1747–1768
John Yorke 1768–1784
Succeeded by
William Bellingham
Edward Leeds
Political offices
Preceded by
John Staunton Charlton
Clerk of the Deliveries of the Ordnance
Succeeded by
Benjamin Langlois
Preceded by
William Rawlinson Earle
Clerk of the Ordnance
Succeeded by
Gibbs Crawfurd
Peerage of Great Britain
New creation Baron Somers
Succeeded by
John Somers Cocks
Baronetage of Great Britain
New creation Baronet
(of Dumbleton)
Succeeded by
John Somers Cocks