|The Right Honourable
|"Palmerston's Secretary". Caricature by Spy published in Vanity Fair in 1883.|
|Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies|
12 May 1882 – 9 June 1885
|Prime Minister||William Ewart Gladstone|
|Preceded by||Leonard Courtney|
|Succeeded by||The Earl of Dunraven|
|Born||24 July 1836|
|Died||16 November 1907|
|Spouse(s)||(1) Sybella Charlotte Farquhar (d. 1886)
(2) Lady Alice Cole (d. 1931)
|Alma mater||Trinity College, Cambridge|
(Anthony) Evelyn Melbourne Ashley (24 July 1836 – 16 November 1907), was British barrister and Liberal politician. He was private secretary to Lord Palmerston and later published a biography of him. After entering Parliament in 1874, Ashley served under William Ewart Gladstone as Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade from 1880 to 1882 and as Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies from 1882 to 1885.
Background and education
Ashley was the third child and second son of Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury and Lady Emily Cowper, eldest daughter of Peter Cowper, 5th Earl Cowper and sister of William Cowper-Temple, 1st Baron Mount Temple. He was educated at Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge.
On William Cowper-Temple's death in 1888, he inherited a 10,000 acre estate on the Mullaghmore peninsula in Sligo, based around Classiebawn Castle. He would spend part of every year there.
Legal and political career
Ashley was private secretary to Lord Palmerston from 1858 to 1865 and worked as a barrister on the Oxford Circuit from 1865 to 1874. He sat as Liberal Member of Parliament for Poole from 1874 to 1880 and for Isle of Wight from 1880 to 1885 and served under William Ewart Gladstone as Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade from 1880 to 1882 and as Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies from 1882 to 1885. He was also an Ecclesiastical and Church Estates Commissioner from 1880 to 1885 and a Verderer of the New Forest. In 1891 he was sworn of the Privy Council. His publications include the Life of Lord Palmerston.
Ashley married Sybella Charlotte Farquhar, daughter of daughter of Sir Walter Farquhar, 3rd Baronet, on 28 July 1866. They had two children:
- Wilfred William Ashley, later Baron Mount Temple (13 September 1867 – 3 July 1939)
- Lillian Blanche Georgiana Ashley (27 June 1875 – 14 September 1939), married Hercules Pakenham.
Following Sybella's death on 31 August 1886 he married Lady Alice Cole, daughter of William Cole, 3rd Earl of Enniskillen on 30 June 1891. Ashley died in November 1907, aged 71. Lady Alice Ashley died on 25 August 1931.
- "Ashley, Evelyn (ASLY854AE)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "P" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "I" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
- The London Gazette: . 26 June 1891.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Evelyn Ashley
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|Member of Parliament for Poole
|Member of Parliament for Isle of Wight
Sir Richard Webster
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|Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade
|Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies
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