Earl of Howth

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Howth Castle, the seat of the St Lawrence family.

Earl of Howth was a title in the Peerage of Ireland. It was created in 1767 for Thomas St Lawrence, 15th Baron Howth, who was elevated to Viscount St Lawrence at the same time, also in the Peerage of Ireland. The St Lawrence family descended from Christopher St Lawrence who was elevated to the Peerage of Ireland as Baron Howth in circa 1425. The third and fourth Barons both served as Lord Chancellor of Ireland.

The fourth baron was also a distinguished soldier who fought at the Battle of Knockdoe; his grandson the seventh baron was also a distinguished soldier. The eighth baron, commonly known as "the blind lord", led the opposition to the Government's taxation policy in the 1570s. The ninth baron was openly Roman Catholic who led opposition to the Penal Laws in the early 1600s. The tenth baron was a notable military commander who served with the Earl of Essex and Lord Mountjoy. The fourteenth Baron represented Ratoath in the Irish House of Commons. The third Earl served as Lord-Lieutenant of Dublin.[citation needed]

The fourth Earl sat as Member of Parliament for Galway Borough, and in 1881 he was created Baron Howth, of Howth in the County of Dublin, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. All these titles became extinct upon his death in 1909 as he left no heir. The family seat, Howth Castle, still belongs to their descendants, the Gaisford-St Lawrence family.[citation needed]

Barons Howth (c. 1425)[edit]

Earls of Howth (1767)[edit]

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