Duke of Exeter

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The title Duke of Exeter was created several times in England in the later Middle Ages, when Exeter was the main town of Devon. It was first created for John Holland, the half-brother of King Richard II in 1397. That title was rescinded upon Henry IV's accession to the throne two years later, and the title was subsequently granted to Henry V's uncle, Thomas Beaufort, 1st Earl of Dorset. Following this Duke's death without heirs in 1426, the title was restored to the Holland family, which held it until the 3rd Duke was attainted in 1461 as a Lancastrian, dying in 1475.

Dukes of Exeter, first creation (1397)[edit]

Coat of arms of the Dukes of Exeter of the Holland family

Coat of arms[edit]

Dukes of Exeter, second creation (1416)[edit]

Coat of arms of Thomas Beaufort (1377–1427), Duke of Exeter, and son of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster

Coat of arms[edit]

  • Arms: The arms of England (quarterly: first and fourth, azure, three fleurs-de-lis; second and third, gules, three lions passant or), within a border gobony azure and ermine.[1]
  • Crest: A portcullis or, nailed azure, chains of the first.

Dukes of Exeter, first creation (restored 1439)[edit]

Coat of arms[edit]

As the first creation above.


  1. ^ Bennett, Matthew (1991). Agincourt 1415: Triumph against the odds. Osprey Publishing. p. 33. ISBN 1-85532-132-7.