John Parker, 1st Earl of Morley

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The Right Honourable
The Earl of Morley
Personal details
Born (1772-05-03)3 May 1772
Died 14 March 1840(1840-03-14) (aged 67)
Nationality British
Political party Whigs
Spouse(s) Lady Augusta Fane
Frances Talbot
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford

John Parker, 1st Earl of Morley FRS (3 May 1772 – 14 March 1840), known as Lord Boringdon from 1788 to 1815, was a British peer and politician.

Background and education[edit]

Morley was the only son of John Parker, 1st Baron Boringdon, and his second wife the Honourable Theresa Robinson, daughter of Thomas Robinson, 1st Baron Grantham. His mother died when he was three years old and his father when he was fifteen. He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford.[1]

Political career[edit]

Morley took his seat in the House of Lords on his 21st birthday in 1793. He was an active member of the House of Lords, initially supporting government policies until the death of William Pitt the Younger in 1806. After Pitt's death he supported George Canning, with whom he corresponded on political matters for many years. In 1815, he was created Viscount Boringdon, of North Molton in the County of Devon, and Earl of Morley, in the County of Devon. After Canning's death in 1827 he began to support the Whigs, and voted for the Great Reform Act of 1832. Apart from his involvement in national politics, Morley was also a great benefactor to public works in his home county of Devon and was a Fellow of the Royal Society.[1]


Lord Morley married, firstly, Lady Augusta Fane, second daughter of John Fane, 10th Earl of Westmorland, in 1804. They had one son, who died young,[2] and were divorced in 1809. [1]

He married, secondly, Frances Talbot, daughter of Thomas Talbot, in 1809. They had one son and one daughter. Lord Morley died at his seat of Saltram House in March 1840, aged 67, and was succeeded in his titles by his only son Edmund. Lady Morley died in 1857.


  1. ^ a b c Norgate 1895.
  2. ^ Viscount Boringdon died in Paris in 1817 and has a monument at St Mary's Church, Plympton, Devon (Pevsner, N. (1952) South Devon. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books; pp. 245)


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Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
John Parker
Baron Boringdon
Succeeded by
Edmund Parker
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Earl of Morley
Succeeded by
Edmund Parker