Edward Coke, 7th Earl of Leicester

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Edward Douglas Coke, 7th Earl of Leicester, CBE, DL (born 6 May 1936), styled Viscount Coke between 1976 and 1994, is an English nobleman.[1]

Lord Leicester is the son of the 6th Lord Leicester and Moyra Joan Crossley, Countess of Leciester. He has spent great effort in restoring the family home Holkham Hall, and is a former president of the Historic Houses Association. He ran the Holkham Hall house and estate until his retirement in October 2005. [2]

He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to Heritage in 2005. He was also appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Norfolk in the same year.

Marriage and children[edit]

Lord Leicester married, firstly, Valerie Potter, daughter of Leonard A. Potter, on 28 April 1962. He and Valerie Potter were divorced in 1985. They had three children:

  • Thomas Edward Coke, Viscount Coke (b. 6 July 1965), the heir to the earldom
  • Lady Susan Elizabeth Coke (b. 1968), married Jonathan Paul, 1993
  • The Hon. Rupert Henry John Coke (b. 1975)

He married, secondly, Sarah Forde, daughter of Noel Henry Boys Forde, in 1986, her third marriage. [3] The Countess serves as High Sheriff of Norfolk.[4]


  1. ^ "Edward Douglas Coke, 7th Earl of Leicester of Holkham". thePeerage.com. 13 Apr 2009. Retrieved 7 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Welcome to Holkham". Holkham Hall. 
  3. ^ "Sarah Forde". ThePeerage.com. 
  4. ^ "A year of honour". Norfolk Magazine. 

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Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Anthony Louis Lovel Coke
Earl of Leicester
Succeeded by
Current incumbent