Edward Rich, 6th Earl of Warwick

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Edward Rich, 8th Baron Rich, 6th Earl of Warwick and 3rd Earl of Holland (1673 – 31 July 1701), of Holland House, Kensington, Middlesex, was an English peer and member of the House of Lords, styled Lord Rich until 1675.[1]

Origins[edit]

He was the son and heir of Robert Rich, 5th Earl of Warwick, 2nd Earl of Holland (1620–1675).

Career[edit]

In 1675 he succeeded his father to the titles. In 1699, together with his friend Charles Mohun, 4th Baron Mohun, Warwick was tried for the murder of Richard Coote and was found guilty of manslaughter. He escaped punishment by pleading the privilege of peerage. He and Mohun had killed Coote in a duel and it was common for a seventeenth-century jury in such cases to take a lenient view of such matters.

Marriage & progeny[edit]

In early 1697 he married Charlotte Myddelton, a daughter of Sir Thomas Myddelton, 2nd Baronet, who survived him and re-married to the celebrated writer Joseph Addison, who had been her son's tutor. By her husband she had one son:

Death & burial[edit]

He died in 1701 and was succeeded by his son Edward Rich, 7th Earl of Warwick (1698–1721).[1]

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Doyle, James William Edmund (1886). The Official Baronage of England, v. 3. London: Longmans, Green. p. 600.
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Robert Rich
Earl of Warwick
1675–1701
Succeeded by
Edward Rich
Preceded by
Robert Rich
Baron Rich
1675–1701
Succeeded by
Edward Rich