Thomas Coventry, 1st Earl of Coventry

Thomas Coventry, 1st Earl of Coventry

Thomas Coventry, 1st Earl of Coventry ("c."1629 – 15 July 1699), known as the Hon. Thomas Coventry from 1640 to 1687 and as the Lord Coventry from 1687 to 1697, was an English politician.

Coventry was the younger son of Thomas Coventry, 2nd Baron Coventry, and his wife Mary (née Craven). Thomas Coventry, 1st Baron Coventry, was his grandfather. He was elected to the House of Commons for Droitwich in 1660, a seat he held until 1661, and later represented Camelford from 1661 to 1679 and Warwick from 1681 to 1687. The latter year he succeeded his nephew as fifth Baron Coventry and entered the House of Lords. In 1697 he was made Viscount Deerhurst, of the hundred of Deerhurst in the County of Gloucester, and Earl of Coventry.

Lord Coventry married firstly Winifred, daughter of Pierce Edgcumbe, in circa 1660. She died in 1694. He married secondly Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Grimes, in 1695. He died in July 1699 and was succeeded in the earldom by his eldest son from his first marriage, Thomas. Lady Coventry later remarried and died in 1724.

References

*Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). "Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage" (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990.
* [http://www.angeltowns.com/town/peerage/ Leigh Rayment's Peerage Page]
* [http://www.thepeerage.com/ www.thepeerage.com]


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