Edward Foley (1747–1803)

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Edward Foley (16 March 1747 – 22 June 1803) was the second son of Thomas, 1st Lord Foley.

Like his brother, he was profligate with the great family wealth. His father's will settled the paternal estate at Stoke Edith, Herefordshire together with the manor of Malvern and property bought from Lord Montfort, but limited him to an annuity from the estate, the balance of the income being applied to pay his debts.

He married firstly Lady Anne Coventry (daughter of George Coventry, 6th Earl of Coventry) without having children before the marriage was dissolved by Act of Parliament in 1786. In 1790, he married his distant cousin Eliza Maria Foley Hodgetts, by whom he had two sons, Edward Thomas Foley and John Hodgetts Hodgetts-Foley. She was the heiress of the Prestwood estate, formerly owned by Philip Foley. On their marriage, the Stoke Edith estate was settled to go to their eldest son and the Prestwood estate to their second.

Edward Foley sat as Member of Parliament for Droitwich from April 1768 to May 1774; then for Worcestershire until his death.

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Robert Harley
Thomas Foley
Member of Parliament for Droitwich
1768–1774
With: Robert Harley 1768–1774
Andrew Foley 1774
Succeeded by
Andrew Foley
Rowland Berkeley
Preceded by
John Ward
William Dowdeswell
Member of Parliament for Worcestershire
1774–1801
With: William Dowdeswell 1774–1775
William Lygon 1775–1801
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Member of Parliament for Worcestershire
1801–1803
With: William Lygon
Succeeded by
William Lygon
John Ward