COKE, Wenman (1717-1776), of Longford, Derbys.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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21 Nov. 1753 - 1761
1761 - 1768
31 Jan. 1772 - 1774
1774 - 10 Apr. 1776

Family and Education

bap. 7 Jan. 1717, 1st s. of Philip Roberts of Husborne Crawley, Beds. by Anne, da. of Edward Coke of Holkham, Norf., sis. of Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester. m. (2) bef. 1754, Elizabeth, da. of George Chamberlayne of Hillesden, Bucks., 2s. 3da. suc. to Longford estate of uncle Robert Coke, M.P., 1750; to Holkham, the estate of Thomas, Earl of Leicester, on d. of his wid. 28 Feb. 1775.

Offices Held

Gent. usher to Prince of Wales 1738-51.


Wenman Roberts was the grandson of Gabriel Roberts. His mother, who eloped with his father in 1715,1 was the sister of Thomas Coke, created Earl of Leicester in 1744. On the death of his first cousin, Edward, Viscount Coke, in 1753, he became heir to the estates of his uncle, Lord Leicester, assumed the name of Coke and was returned in succession to his cousin at Harwich on Pelham’s nomination.2 The father of the well-known ‘Coke of Norfolk’, he died 11 Apr. 1776.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Romney R. Sedgwick


  • 1. C. W. James, Chief Justice Coke, his Family and Descendants, 197-200.
  • 2. Namier, Structure, 365.