Earl Annesley

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Earldom of Annesley
Coronet of a British Earl.svg
Arms of Earl Annesley
Arms: Paly of six Argent and Azure, over all a Bend Gules. Crest: A Moor's Head couped at the shoulders in profile proper, wreathed about the temples Argent and Azure. Supporters: Dexter: a Roman Knight in armour Or, short sleeves and apron Azure, face arms and legs bare, the latter sandalled Or, on his head a Helmet (or Cap) Gold, on top thereof three Feathers Argent and Azure, in his exterior hand an Antique Shield proper. Sinister: A Moorish Prince in armour Or, short sleeves and apron Azure, face neck arms and legs proper, on the latter Boots Gold, behind him a Sheaf of Arrows proper, fastened by a Pink Ribbon, wreathed about the temples Argent and Azure, in his exterior hand a Bow proper.
Creation date17 August 1789
MonarchKing George III
PeeragePeerage of Ireland
First holderFrancis Annesley 2nd Viscount Glerawly
Present holderMichael Annesley, 12th Earl Annesley
Heir apparentMichael Annesley, Viscount Glerawly
Remainder tothe 1st Earl's heirs male of the body lawfully begotten, with special remainder, failing male heirs of his body, to his brother, Hon Richard Annesley, in like manner.
Subsidiary titlesViscount Glerawly
Baron Annesley
(By love of virtue)

Earl Annesley, of Castlewellan in the County of Down, is a title in the Peerage of Ireland. It was created on 17 August 1789 for Francis Annesley, 2nd Viscount Glerawly, with special remainder to his younger brother the Honourable Richard Annesley.[1] He had previously represented Downpatrick in the Irish House of Commons. The titles of Baron Annesley, of Castlewellan in the County of Down, and Viscount Glerawly, in the County of Fermanagh, were created in the Peerage of Ireland on 20 September 1758 and 14 November 1766 respectively for his father William Annesley, who sat as Member of the Irish Parliament for Midleton. Annesley was the sixth son of the Honourable Francis Annesley, fourth son of Francis Annesley, 1st Viscount Valentia.

The first Earl Annesley had several illegitimate children but no legitimate issue. He was succeeded (in the earldom according to the special remainder) by his younger brother, the second Earl. He had earlier represented seven different constituencies in the Irish Parliament and served as a Commissioner of Customs for Ireland. His eldest son, the third Earl, sat in the British House of Commons as the representative for Downpatrick. On his death the titles passed to his eldest son, the fourth Earl. He sat as Conservative Member of Parliament for Great Grimsby and was an Irish Representative Peer in the House of Lords from 1857–74.

He never married and was succeeded by his younger brother, the fifth Earl. He was a soldier and also represented County Cavan in Parliament as a Conservative. Between 1877 and 1908 he sat in the House of Lords as an Irish Representative Peer. His line of the family failed on the death of his only son, the sixth Earl, who was killed during the First World War. The late Earl was succeeded by his first cousin, the seventh Earl. He was the son of the Hon. William Octavius Beresford Annesley, sixth son of the third Earl. This line of the family failed in 1957 on the death of his son, the eighth Earl. He was succeeded by his third cousin once removed, the ninth Earl. He was the great-great-grandson of the Hon. Robert Annesley, second son of the second Earl. As of 2014 the titles are held by the ninth Earl's third son, the twelfth Earl, who succeeded his elder brother in 2011.

Viscounts Glerawly (1766)[edit]

Earls Annesley (1789)[edit]

The heir apparent is the present holder's son Michael Stephen Annesley, Viscount Glerawly (born 1957).

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  1. ^ "No. 13124". The London Gazette. 22 August 1789. p. 557.
  • Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990
  • Reference, London Gazette; accessed 12 July 2014.