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George Coventry, 8th Earl of Coventry

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The Earl of Coventry
Lord Lieutenant and Custos Rotulorum of Worcestershire
In office
Member of Parliament for Worcester
In office
Serving with William Gordon, Thomas H. H. Davies
Preceded byAbraham Robarts
William Gordon
Succeeded byThomas H. H. Davies
George Richard Robinson
Personal details
Born(1784-10-16)16 October 1784
Died15 May 1843(1843-05-15) (aged 58)
Political partyTory
Hon. Emma Susanna Lygon
(m. 1808; her death 1810)

Lady Mary Beauclerk
(m. 1811; his death 1843)
RelationsGeorge Coventry, 6th Earl of Coventry (grandfather)
ParentsGeorge Coventry, 7th Earl of Coventry
Peggy Pitches
Alma materChrist Church, Oxford

George William Coventry, 8th Earl of Coventry (16 October 1784 – 15 May 1843), styled Viscount Deerhurst from 1809 to 1831, was a British peer and Tory Member of Parliament.

Early life

Coventry was the eldest son of George Coventry, 7th Earl of Coventry, and his wife Peggy (née Pitches). His younger brother was the Hon. William Coventry and his sisters were Lady Augusta Coventry (wife of Gen. Sir Willoughby Cotton), Lady Barbara Coventry (wife of Lt. Col. Alexander Gregan-Crauford) and Lady Sophia Coventry (wife of Sir Roger Gresley, 3rd Bt and Sir William Des Voeux, 3rd Bt).[1]

His paternal grandparents were George Coventry, 6th Earl of Coventry and the former Maria Gunning (eldest daughter of Col. John Gunning of Castle Combe and Hon Bridget Bourke, a daughter of Theobald Bourke, 6th Viscount Mayo).[1] His mother was the second daughter and co-heiress of Sir Abraham Pitches, former High Sheriff of Surrey, and Jane Hassel (daughter of Robert Prowse Hassel of Wraytesbury).[1]

He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford.


He was elected to the House of Commons as one of two representatives for Worcester in 1816, a seat he held until 1826. In 1831, he succeeded his father in the earldom and entered the House of Lords. In 1838, he served as Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire.[2]

Personal life

On 16 January 1808, Lord Coventry married the Hon. Emma Susanna Lygon, daughter of William Lygon, 2nd Baron Beauchamp, subsequently created 1st Earl Beauchamp. At around the time of his marriage, he was also involved with Sophia Dubochet, a girl in her early teens with whom he eloped and whom he subsequently kept as a mistress while she was courted by Thomas Noel Hill, 2nd Baron Berwick, who married her in 1812. Her relationship with Coventry (then Viscount Deerhurst) is recorded in some detail by Sophia's sister, the noted courtesan Harriette Wilson.[3] Before her death in 1810, Emma and George were the parents of:[1]

On 6 November 1811, Coventry married secondly to Lady Mary Beauclerk, daughter of Aubrey Beauclerk, 6th Duke of St Albans.[4] Together, they were the parents of:[1]

He died in May 1843, aged 58. His son from his first marriage had predeceased him and he was succeeded in his titles by Viscount Deerhurst's son, his grandson, George. Lady Coventry died on 11 September 1845, aged 54.[1]


Through his second son Henry, he was a grandfather of Mary Eleanor Lauderdale Coventry (1847–1928), who married Henry Howard, 18th Earl of Suffolk and was the mother of his great-grandchildren, Henry Howard, 19th Earl of Suffolk, Hon. James Knyvett Estcourt Howard, Lady Mary Howard, Lady Eleanor Howard, Lady Agnes Howard, and Lady Katharine Howard.[5]

His granddaughter, Mary Augusta Henrietta Coventry (1841–1894), married John Turner Hopwood. His great-granddaughter, Geraldine Sarah Ponsonby (d. 1944), married Dermot Bourke, 7th Earl of Mayo.[1]

  • Memorial to Viscount Deerhurst, eldest son of the 8th Earl of Coventry, in the church at Croome Court
    Memorial to Viscount Deerhurst, eldest son of the 8th Earl of Coventry, in the church at Croome Court
  • Memorials to  the 8th (1784–1843) and the 10th Earl of Coventry (1900–1940) in the church at Croome Court
    Memorials to the 8th (1784–1843) and the 10th Earl of Coventry (1900–1940) in the church at Croome Court


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Coventry, Earl of (E, 1697)". Heraldic Media Limited. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  2. ^ Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990,[page needed]
  3. ^ Harriette Wilson's Memoirs; selected and edited by Lesley Blanch. London: Phoenix Press, 2003
  4. ^ G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume III, p. 475.
  5. ^ "Suffolk, Earl of (E, 1603)". Heraldic Media Limited. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
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