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 who sat in the House of Commons from 1747 to 1784.

Cocks was the son of John Cocks and his wife Mary Cocks who was his cousin and daughter of Thomas Cocks of Castleditch and was born on 29 June 1725. His paternal grandfather Charles Cocks was the husband of Mary Somers, sister of John Somers, 1st Baron Somers, Lord Chancellor of England. He matriculated at Worcester College, Oxford in 1742 and entered Lincoln's Inn in 1745, where he was called to the bar in 1750.[1]

Cocks was elected Member of Parliament for Reigate in the 1747 general election and held the seat until 1784. He was appointed Clerk of Deliveries of the Ordnance for 1758 to 1772 and Clerk of the Ordnance from 1772 to 1782.[1]

He succeeded his father in 1771 and the following year was created a baronet of Dumbleton in the County of Gloucester, and on 17 May 1784 the barony inherited from his great-uncle was revived when he was raised to the peerage as Baron Somers, of Evesham in the County of Worcester.[1]

Lord Somers married, firstly, Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Eliot and Harriot, natural daughter of James Craggs the Younger, 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.[1]


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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
James Cocks
Philip Yorke
Member of Parliament for Reigate
1747– 1784
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