Edward Harley, 3rd Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer

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Edward Harley, 3rd Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer (c. 1699 – 11 April 1755, in Bath) was a British peer and Member of Parliament.

Brampton Bryan Hall

Harley was the son of Edward Harley and his wife Sarah Foley and was educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford. He succeeded his father in 1735 to the Eywood estate at Titley, Herefordshire and his cousin Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer in 1741 to the earldom and the family seat at Brampton Bryan. [1]

One of his first acts on succeeding his brother was to auction off his predecessor's art and coin collection through the auctioneer Cock, at an art sale held under the Piazza, Covent Garden, on 8 March 1741/2 and the five following days, with six more days being required by the coins. Nearly all the leading men of the day, including Horace Walpole, attended or were represented at this sale, and the prices varied from five shillings for an anonymous bishop's "head" to 165 guineas for van Dyck's group of "Sir Kenelm Digby, lady, and son".

He was returned to Parliament as the member for Herefordshire in 1727, sitting until 1741. [1]


On 16 March 1724 or 1725, at St. Anne's Church, Soho, he married Martha Morgan (daughter of John Morgan and Martha Vaughan). They had several children:


  1. ^ a b "HARLEY, Edward (?1699-1755), of Eywood, Herefs". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  2. ^ Gregory, Grace. Book of Remembrance. pp. 193, 197.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Velters Cornewall
Sir Edward Goodere
Member of Parliament for Herefordshire
With: Velters Cornewall
Succeeded by
Velters Cornewall
Thomas Foley
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Edward Harley
Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer
Succeeded by
Edward Harley