Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 5th Earl of Shaftesbury

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 5th Earl of Shaftesbury DL FRS (17 September 1761  14 May 1811) was a British peer.

Ashley-Cooper was the son of Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 4th Earl of Shaftesbury and Mary Pleydell-Bouverie. He was educated at Winchester and served as Deputy Lieutenant of Dorset. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1785.

Lord Shaftesbury married Barbara Webb, daughter of Sir John Webb, 5th Baronet and Mary Salvain, of Odstock House, Wiltshire, on 17 July 1786. His only child, a daughter, was Lady Barbara Ashley-Cooper (19 October 1788  5 June 1844),[1][2] who married the Baron de Mauley.

Lord Shaftesbury died on 14 May 1811 at age 49 and was buried at St Giles Parish in Wimborne St Giles in Dorset. On his death, having no male heir, the title passed to his younger brother, the Honourable Cropley Ashley-Cooper.[1][2]

Styles of address

  • 1761–1771: Lord Ashley
  • 1771–1785: The Right Honourable The Earl of Shaftesbury
  • 1785–1811: The Right Honourable The Earl of Shaftesbury FRS


  1. Anthony Ashley-Cooper on
  2. Mosley, Charles, editor. Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes. Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003.
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Anthony Ashley Cooper
Earl of Shaftesbury
Succeeded by
Cropley Ashley-Cooper

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