The British Empire and its effect on Plymouth


Second Earl of Morley


Edmund Parker second earl of Morley (1810–1864), politician and courtier, was born on 10 June 1810, matriculated at Christ Church, Oxford, on 21 January 1828, and graduated BA on 11 November 1830. On 8 January 1845 he was gazetted colonel of the South Devon militia. In politics Morley was a Liberal, but, having been attacked by paralysis in early life, he was prevented from taking much part in public affairs. He was, however, gentleman of the bedchamber to Prince Albert (1840–41), and lord-in-waiting to the queen from 24 July 1846 to February 1852; in October 1852 he was appointed special deputy warden of the stannaries. He married, on 1 March 1842, his second cousin, Harriet Sophia (d. 1897), daughter of Montagu Edmund Parker of Whiteway, Chudleigh, Devon, and Harriet Newcombe of Starcross; she was the widow of William Coryton of Pentillie Castle, Cornwall. Their son and Morley's successor was Albert Edmund Parker, third earl of Morley. Morley died on 28 August 1864.


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