Thomas Coke, 2nd Earl of Leicester

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The Earl of Leicester
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Thomas Coke, second Earl of Leicester, by Leslie Ward, 1883.
Born (1822-12-26)26 December 1822
Died 24 January 1909(1909-01-24) (aged 86)
Term 30 June 1842 – 24 January 1909
Spouse(s) Juliana Whitbread
Georgina Cavendish
Arms of Coke, Earls of Leicester: Per pale gules and azure, three eagles displayed argent[1]

Thomas William Coke, 2nd Earl of Leicester KG DL (26 December 1822 – 24 January 1909), known as Viscount Coke from 1837 to 1842, was a British peer.


Leicester was the son of Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester, by his second wife Lady Anne Amelia Keppel. He succeeded in the earldom on his father's death in 1842.

Public life[edit]

Lord Leicester served as Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk from 1846 to 1906 and was a member of the Council of the Duchy of Cornwall and Keeper of the Privy Seal. In 1873 he was made a Knight of the Garter.[2]


Lord Leicester married firstly, Juliana Whitbread (1825-1870), daughter of Samuel Charles Whitbread and Hon. Julia Trevor (d. 1858), on 20 April 1843. They had nine children:

Lord Leicester married secondly, the honourable Georgina Cavendish, daughter of William Cavendish, 2nd Baron Chesham, on 26 August 1875. They had six children:


  1. ^ Debrett's Peerage, 1967, p.669
  2. ^  Clarke, Ernest (1912). "Coke, Thomas William". In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography, 1912 supplement​. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 


Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Lord Wodehouse
Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk
Succeeded by
Viscount Coke
Preceded by
The Lord Templemore
Father of the House of Lords
Succeeded by
The Earl Nelson
Court offices
Preceded by
Herbert William Fisher
Chancellor of the Duchy of Cornwall
Succeeded by
The Earl Spencer
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thomas Coke
Earl of Leicester
Succeeded by
Thomas Coke