Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 8th Earl of Shaftesbury

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The Earl of Shaftesbury
Born Anthony Ashley-Cooper
(1831-06-27)27 June 1831
England
Died 13 April 1886(1886-04-13) (aged 54)
Title 8th Earl of Shaftesbury
Nationality English
Predecessor Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury
Successor Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 9th Earl of Shaftesbury
Spouse(s) Lady Harriet Chichester

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 8th Earl of Shaftesbury Bt DL (27 June 1831 – 13 April 1886), styled Lord Ashley between 1851 and 1885, was a British peer.

Ashley was the son of Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury. He was commissioned a cornet in the Dorsetshire Yeomanry on 26 July 1856[1] and was promoted lieutenant on 21 January 1857.[2] On 27 January 1857, he was appointed a deputy lieutenant of Dorset.[3] He resigned his Yeomanry commission in April 1859.[4] He was Member of Parliament for Hull from 1857 to 1859[5] and Cricklade from 1859 to 1865.[6] He was a patron and member of the Society for the Suppression of the Opium Trade.[7]

On 7 June 1858, he was commissioned a lieutenant in the Antrim Royal Rifle Regiment of Militia.[8] On 16 March 1860, he was commissioned a lieutenant in the South Middlesex Rifle Volunteer Corps.[9] He resigned his commission in the South Middlesex on 6 September 1860 to become a captain in the London Irish Volunteer Corps on 17 September.[10][11]

On 7 September 1860, he was promoted to a captaincy in the Antrim Militia,[12] which he resigned in early 1862.[13] He resigned his commission in the London Irish Volunteer Corps on 1 April 1863.[14] On 6 February 1862, he was promoted lieutenant-colonel of the Dorsetshire Regiment of Militia,[15] a position he held until 1 June 1872.[16]

On 12 May 1875, he was appointed lieutenant-commanding of the London Corps of Royal Naval Artillery Volunteers,[17] and on 7 June 1880, he became honorary commander of the London Brigade, RNAV.[18]

Family[edit]

Lord Shaftesbury married Lady Harriet Augusta Anna Seymourina Chichester (d. 14 April 1898), only daughter (and only surviving child) of George Chichester, 3rd Marquess of Donegall, on 22 August 1857. They had six children:

Styles of address[edit]

  • 1831–1851: The Honourable Anthony Ashley-Cooper
  • 1851–1857: Lord Ashley
  • 1857: Lord Ashley DL
  • 1857–1865: Lord Ashley MP DL
  • 1865–1885: Lord Ashley DL
  • 1885–1886: The Right Honourable The Earl of Shaftesbury DL

Death[edit]

Lord Shaftesbury committed suicide six months after succeeding to the title.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No. 21910". The London Gazette. 5 August 1856. p. 2712. 
  2. ^ "No. 21962". The London Gazette. 27 January 1857. p. 278. 
  3. ^ "No. 21968". The London Gazette. 17 February 1857. p. 540. 
  4. ^ "No. 22253". The London Gazette. 22 April 1859. p. 1663. 
  5. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 4)
  6. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 6)
  7. ^ Kathleen L. Lodwick (1996). Crusaders Against Opium: Protestant Missionaries in China, 1874–1917. University Press of Kentucky. pp. 55–66. ISBN 978-0-8131-1924-3. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "No. 6821". The Edinburgh Gazette. 9 July 1858. p. 1295. 
  9. ^ "No. 22369". The London Gazette. 23 March 1860. p. 1174. 
  10. ^ "No. 22422". The London Gazette. 14 September 1860. p. 3370. 
  11. ^ "No. 22431". The London Gazette. 5 October 1860. p. 3590. 
  12. ^ "No. 7058". The Edinburgh Gazette. 16 October 1860. p. 1254. 
  13. ^ "No. 7231". The Edinburgh Gazette. 13 June 1862. p. 998. 
  14. ^ "No. 22725". The London Gazette. 10 April 1863. p. 1971. 
  15. ^ "No. 22422". The London Gazette. 14 September 1860. p. 3370. 
  16. ^ "No. 23863". The London Gazette. 31 May 1872. p. 2577. 
  17. ^ "No. 24208". The London Gazette. 14 May 1875. p. 2627. 
  18. ^ "No. 24853". The London Gazette. 8 June 1880. p. 3371. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Digby Seymour
James Clay
Member of Parliament for Hull
18571859
With: James Clay
Succeeded by
Joseph Hoare
James Clay
Preceded by
John Neeld
John Neeld
Member of Parliament for Cricklade
18591865
With: Ambrose Lethbridge Goddard
Succeeded by
Sir Daniel Gooch
Ambrose Lethbridge Goddard
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Anthony Ashley-Cooper
Earl of Shaftesbury
1885–1886
Succeeded by
Anthony Ashley-Cooper