Earl of Dumbarton

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Earldom of Dumbarton
Coat of Arms of Harry, Duke of Sussex.svg
Arms of Prince Harry, the present Earl of Dumbarton
Creation date9 March 1675[1]
CreationSecond
MonarchElizabeth II
PeeragePeerage of the United Kingdom
First holderLord George Douglas
Present holderPrince Harry
Heir apparentArchie Mountbatten-Windsor
Remainder tothe 1st Earl's heirs male of the body lawfully begotten[2]
StatusExtant[3]

Earl of Dumbarton is a title of Scottish nobility, referring to Dumbarton in the area West Dunbartonshire, Scotland. The title has been created twice, once in the Peerage of Scotland in 1675 and once in the Peerage of the United Kingdom in 2018.

History[edit]

The title was first created in the Peerage of Scotland on 9 March 1675 for Lord George Douglas, son of the Marquess of Douglas and younger brother of the Earl of Selkirk, for services fighting in the Franco-Dutch War. Lord Dumbarton was also created Lord Douglas of Ettrick. He was married to Anne Douglas (née Wheatley), the first Countess of Dumbarton, who was the sister of Catherine Fitzroy, Duchess of Northumberland. Following the death of their only son, the unmarried second Earl, both titles became extinct on 7 January 1749.[1][4]

On 16 July 2018, the title was recreated in the Peerage of the United Kingdom by Queen Elizabeth II as one of the two subsidiary titles for her grandson Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, on the occasion of his wedding, when he was also created Baron Kilkeel. The title was announced on 19 May 2018.[5][2] The heir to the earldom is his son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.

Earls of Dumbarton, first creation, 1710[edit]

Earl Portrait Birth Marriages Death
George Douglas
1675—1692
George Douglas 1635
Douglas Castle
son of William Douglas, 1st Marquess of Douglas, and Lady Mary Gordon
Anne Wheatley
1 child
1692
St-Germain-en-Laye, Paris, France
aged 56–57 years
George Douglas
1692—1749
1687
son of George Douglas, 1st Earl of Dumbarton, and Anne Wheatley
Unmarried 1749
Douai, France
aged 61–62 years

Earl of Dumbarton, second creation, 2018[edit]

Earl Portrait Birth Marriages Death
Prince Harry
House of Windsor
2018–present
also: Duke of Sussex and Baron Kilkeel (2018)
Prince Harry 15 September 1984
St Mary's Hospital, London
son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer
Meghan Markle
19 May 2018
1 child, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor
 –
now 34 years, 337 days old

Line of succession[edit]

Heraldic banner of Prince Harry as Earl of Dumbarton

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Balfour Paul, James (1904). The Scots Peerage. Edinburgh: D. Douglas. pp. 216–217. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b "No. 62358". The London Gazette. 20 July 2018. p. 12928.
  3. ^ Royal.UK — Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: Announcement of Titles (Accessed 19 May 2018)
  4. ^ Emerson, Stephen (19 May 2018). "Prince Harry given Earl of Dumbarton title". The Scotsman. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Prince Harry to be Earl of Dumbarton". BBC News. 19 May 2018. Retrieved 19 May 2018.