Edward Harley, 5th Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer
|The Right Honourable
The Earl of Oxford
and Earl Mortimer
Arms of the Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer: Or, a bend cotised sable
20 February 1773
|Died||30 December 1848 (aged 75)
Brampton Park, Herefordshire
|Spouse(s)||Jane Elizabeth Scott|
|Children||8, including Alfred Harley, 6th Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer and Lady Charlotte Bacon|
Edward Harley, 5th Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer (20 February 1773 – 30 December 1848) was an English nobleman.
Harley was the son of John Harley (dean of Windsor) and Roach Vaughan. His father died in 1788, and Edward succeeded to the titles of his father's elder brother Edward Harley, 4th Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer on the 4th Earl's death without issue in 1790.
In 1803 Henry Bickersteth became the Earl's medical attendant whilst the Earl was on a tour of Italy, staying with him until 1805. Edward became Bickersteth's friend and patron and in 1835 Bickersteth married the earl's eldest daughter. In 1804 he sold the Ewyas Lacy tithes by auction. He commissioned work from the architect Robert Smirke.
- Lady Jane Elizabeth Harley (2 March 1796 – 1 September 1872), married Henry Bickersteth, 1st Baron Langdale.
- Edward Harley, Lord Harley (20 January 1800 – 1 January 1828)
- Lady Charlotte Mary Harley (12 December 1801 – 1880), in 1823 married Anthony Bacon
- Lady Anne Harley (31 July 1803) married Signor Giovanni Battista Rabitti, Cavaliere San Giorgio (her husband died before 1845, leaving her a widow with three children)
- Lady Frances Harley (26 January 1805 – 15 October 1872) married Lt.-Col. Henry Vernon Harcourt, the son of the Archbishop of York
- Alfred Harley, 6th Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer (10 January 1809 – 19 January 1853)
- Hon. Mortimer (17 December 1811 – 3 April 1812)
- Lady Louisa, died young.
Due to his wife's infidelity, doubts were expressed about the paternity of many of the children, who were unkindly referred to as "the Harleian Miscellany."
The earl died on 30 December 1848 at his seat at Brampton Park, Herefordshire.
- "Death of the Earl of Oxford". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 1 January 1949. p. 8.
- Burke, Bernard (1866). A Genealogical History of the Dormant, Abeyant, Forfeited, and Extinct Peerages of the British Empire. Harrison. p. 266. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
- Innes, Anne; Innes, Eliza; Innes, Maria (1844). The Peerage of the British Empire as at Present Existing: Arranged and Printed from the Personal Communications of the Nobility. Saunders and Otley. p. 413. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
- Law Journal Reports, vol. 26. Courts of Chancery: Michaelmas 1856 to Michaelmas 1857. p. 33.
- LordByron.org: Lady Frances Venables-Vernon- Harcourt (née Harley), Lt.-Col. Henry Venables-Vernon- Harcourt
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