Cropley Ashley-Cooper
Member of the British Parliament
for Dorchester
In office
30 January 1790 – 11 June 1790
In office
14 April 1791 – 14 May 1811[1]
6th Earl of Shaftesbury
In office
Succeeded byAnthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury
Personal details
Born21 December 1768
Died2 June 1851
Spouse(s)Lady Anne Spencer

Cropley Ashley-Cooper, 6th Earl of Shaftesbury Bt (21 December 1768 – 2 June 1851),[1] styled The Honourable Cropley Ashley-Cooper until 1811, was a British politician. He was the father of the social reformer Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury.


Shaftesbury was a younger son of Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 4th Earl of Shaftesbury, by his second wife the Hon. Mary, daughter of Jacob Bouverie, 1st Viscount Folkestone. He was educated at Winchester School and Christ Church, Oxford.[1]

Political career

Shaftesbury was elected Member of Parliament for Dorchester in 1790, a seat he held until 1811.[2] The latter year he succeeded his elder brother in the earldom and entered the House of Lords, in which he served as Chairman of Committees.[3]


Lord Shaftesbury married Lady Anne, daughter of George Spencer, 4th Duke of Marlborough, on 10 December 1796.[1] They had ten children. Their second daughter Lady Harriet Anne married Henry Lowry-Corry and was the mother of Montagu Corry, 1st Baron Rowton. Their fifth and penultimate son, Anthony Francis Ashley Cooper (1810–25), while at Eton was killed in a pugilistic contest. Two of Shaftesbury's other sons were Anthony Henry Ashley-Cooper and Anthony William Ashley.[4][5]

Lord Shaftesbury died in June 1851, aged 82, and was succeeded in the earldom by his son, Anthony, the noted social reformer.


  1. ^ a b c d Smith, E.A. "ASHLEY (ASHLEY COOPER), Hon. Cropley (1768-1851), of Wimborne St. Giles, Dorset". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  2. ^ "". Archived from the original on 11 October 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2009.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  3. ^ "The Royal Kalendar, and Court and City Register for England, Scotland, Ireland, and the Colonies". 1835.
  4. ^ Lodge, Edmund (1872). The Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire. Hurst & Blackett. pp. 55, 510–511.
  5. ^ Farrell, Stephen. "ASHLEY COOPER, Anthony John (1808-1867)". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 8 August 2021.
Parliament of Great Britain Preceded byGeorge DamerThomas Ewer Member of Parliament for Dorchester 1790 With: Hon. George Damer Succeeded byHon. George DamerFrancis Fane Preceded byHon. George DamerFrancis Fane Member of Parliament for Dorchester 1791–1801 With: Francis Fane Succeeded byParliament of the United Kingdom Parliament of the United Kingdom Preceded byParliament of Great Britain Member of Parliament for Dorchester 1801–1811 With: Francis Fane 1801–1807Robert Williams 1807–1811 Succeeded byRobert WilliamsCharles Henry Bouverie Political offices Preceded byJoseph Hunt Clerk of the Deliveries of the Ordnance 1804–1806 Succeeded byJames Martin Lloyd Preceded byJames Martin Lloyd Clerk of the Deliveries of the Ordnance 1807 Succeeded byThomas Thoroton Preceded byHon. William Wellesley-Pole Clerk of the Ordnance 1807–1811 Succeeded byRobert Plumer Ward Peerage of England Preceded byAnthony Ashley-Cooper Earl of Shaftesbury 1811–1851 Succeeded byAnthony Ashley-Cooper