George Coventry, 6th Earl of Coventry

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The 6th Earl of Coventry.

George William Coventry, 6th Earl of Coventry (26 April 1722 – 3 September 1809), styled Viscount Deerhurst from 1744 to 1751, was a British peer and Tory politician.

Early life[edit]

Coventry was the second but eldest surviving son of William Coventry, 5th Earl of Coventry, and his wife Elizabeth (née Allen), and was educated at Winchester and University College, Oxford.


Croome Court

He was elected to the House of Commons for Bridport in 1744 (succeeding his elder brother Viscount Deerhurst), a seat he held until 1747, and then represented Worcestershire from 1747 to 1751. The latter year he succeeded his father in the earldom and entered the House of Lords. He also served as Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire from 1751 to 1808 and was a Lord of the Bedchamber to George II from 1752 to 1760 and to George III from 1760 to 1770.

He inherited Croome Court, near Pershore, Worcestershire from his father and commissioned Capability Brown to redesign both the house and surrounding parkland.

Private life[edit]

Lord Coventry married firstly Maria, daughter of Colonel John Gunning, in 1752. She died in 1760, having produced a son and 2 daughters. He married secondly the Hon. Barbara, daughter of John St John, 11th Baron St John of Bletso, in 1764, with whom he had a further 2 sons and a daughter. Lady Coventry died in 1804.

Lord Coventry survived his second wife by five years and died in September 1809, aged 87. He was succeeded in his titles by his son from his first marriage, George Coventry, 7th Earl of Coventry. His youngest son was Thomas William Coventry.


See also[edit]


  • Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990.

External links[edit]

Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
George Richards
Viscount Deerhurst
Member of Parliament for Bridport
With: George Richards 1744–1746
Thomas Grenville 1746–1747
James Grenville 1747
Succeeded by
James Grenville
John Frederick Pinney
Preceded by
Edmund Lechmere
Edmund Pytts
Member of Parliament for Worcestershire
With: Edmund Pytts
Succeeded by
Edmund Pytts
John Bulkeley Coventry
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Coventry
Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire
Succeeded by
Viscount Deerhurst
Peerage of England
Preceded by
William Coventry
Earl of Coventry
Succeeded by
George William Coventry