Edward Harley, 5th Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer

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The Right Honourable
The Earl of Oxford
and Earl Mortimer
COA - Harley, Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer.svg
Arms of the Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer: Or, a bend cotised sable
Personal details
Born Edward Harley
20 February 1773
Died 30 December 1848 (aged 75)[1]
Brampton Park, Herefordshire
Spouse(s) Jane Elizabeth Scott
Children 8, including Alfred Harley, 6th Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer and Lady Charlotte Bacon
Parents John Harley

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.[2] He commissioned work from the architect Robert Smirke.[3]


The Countess of Oxford and her daughter, Lady Jane Elizabeth Harley (follower of John Hoppner)

He and his wife Jane Elizabeth Scott (a notable mistress of Lord Byron) married 3 March 1794 and had eight children, including the following:[4][5]

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.[1]


Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Edward Harley
Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer
Succeeded by
Alfred Harley