Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 2nd Earl of Shaftesbury

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 2nd Earl of Shaftesbury Bt (16 January 1652 – 2 November 1699), known as Lord Ashley from 1672 to 1683, was an English peer and Member of Parliament.

Shaftesbury was the son of Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury, and Lady Frances Cecil. He was elected to the House of Commons for Weymouth and Melcombe Regis in 1673, a seat he held until 1679. In 1683 he succeeded his father in the earldom and entered the House of Lords.

Lord Shaftesbury married Lady Dorothy Manners, daughter of John Manners, 8th Earl of Rutland, in 1669. He died in November 1699, aged 47, and was succeeded in his titles by his son Anthony, who became a noted philosopher and writer.


  • Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990.
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir William Penn
Bullen Reymes
Winston Churchill
Sir John Coventry
Member of Parliament for
Weymouth and Melcombe Regis

With: Bullen Reymes 1670–1673
Winston Churchill 1670–1679
Sir John Coventry 1670–1679
John Man 1673–1679
Thomas Browne 1679
Michael Harvey 1679
Succeeded by
Sir John Coventry
Thomas Browne
Michael Harvey
Sir John Morton
Military offices
Title last held by
Bullen Reymes
Vice-Admiral of Dorset
Succeeded by
Thomas Strangways
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Anthony Ashley-Cooper
Earl of Shaftesbury
Succeeded by
Anthony Ashley-Cooper

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