The title of Earl of Athlone has been created three times. It was created first in the Peerage of Ireland in 1692 by King William III for the Dutch General Baron Godard van Reede, Lord of Ginkel, to honour him for his successful battles in Ireland. The title also had the subsidiary title of Baron Aghrim. These titles became extinct in 1844 upon the death of the 9th Earl. The Earls did bear the Dutch nobility title Baron van Reede as well (hereditary in male line; still existing in the Netherlands).