Earl of Wilton

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Arms of the Earls of Wilton.

Earl of Wilton, of Wilton Castle in the County of Hereford, is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created in 1801 for Thomas Egerton, 1st Baron Grey de Wilton, along with the subsidiary title of Viscount Grey de Wilton, also in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. Both titles were created with remainder to the second and all younger sons successively of his daughter Lady Eleanor, wife of Robert Grosvenor, 1st Marquess of Westminster. Egerton had already succeeded as seventh Baronet of Egerton and Oulton in 1756 and been created Baron Grey de Wilton, of Wilton Castle in the County Hereford, in the Peerage of Great Britain, in 1784, with remainder to the heirs male of his body. Lord Wilton, who had earlier resided at Heaton Hall near Manchester and represented Lancashire in Parliament, was a descendant of Sir Roland Egerton, 1st Baronet, who married Bridget, sister and co-heir of Thomas Grey, 15th Baron Grey de Wilton, who was attainted in 1603 and forfeited his title. On the Earl's death in 1814 the barony of Grey de Wilton became extinct as he had no male heirs, while the baronetcy was passed on to his kinsman, the eighth Baronet (see Grey Egerton Baronets for additional information on this title).

He was succeeded in the viscountcy and earldom according to the special remainder by his grandson, the second Earl. He was the second son of Lady Eleanor and the first Marquess of Westminster, the younger brother of Richard Grosvenor, 2nd Marquess of Westminster and the elder brother of Lord Robert Grosvenor, who was created Baron Ebury in 1857. The second Earl notably served as Lord Steward of the Household in 1835 in the Tory administration of Sir Robert Peel. His eldest son, the third Earl, represented Weymouth and Bath in Parliament as a Conservative. In 1875, seven years before he succeeded his father, he was himself raised to the peerage Baron Grey de Radcliffe, in the County Palatine of Lancaster. However, Lord Wilton was childless and on his death in 1885 the Barony became extinct. He was succeeded in the other titles by his younger brother, the fourth Earl. On the death in 1999 of his great-grandson, the seventh Earl, the line of the second Earl failed. He was succeeded according to the special remainder by his kinsman the sixth Baron Ebury, a great-great-grandson of the aforementioned Robert Grosvenor, 1st Baron Ebury, who became the eighth Earl of Wilton.

Earls of Wilton (1801)[edit]

The heir apparent is the present holder's only son Julian Francis Martin Grosvenor, Viscount Grey de Wilton (b. 1959)

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