Earl of Dumfries

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Earldom of Dumfries
Marquess of Bute COA.svg
Creation date 12 June 1633
Monarch Charles I
Peerage Peerage of Scotland
First holder William Crichton, 1st Earl of Dumfries
Present holder John Crichton-Stuart, 7th Marquess of Bute, 12th Earl of Dumfries
Heir apparent John Bryson Crichton-Stuart, Earl of Dumfries[1]
Remainder to heirs male bearing the name and arms of Crichton and, through a novadamus (amendment) issued on November 3, 1690, with the former precedency by which, failing himself and his grandson and the heirs male of the body of the latter, the remainder was extended to Penelope, eldest daughter of his son Charles, Lord Crichton, and the heirs of her body, succeeding to the family estates, and similarly to his son's other daughters, whom failing, to his son's nearest heirs whatsoever.
Subsidiary titles Lord Crichton of Sanquhar and Cumnock, Viscount of Ayr
Currently the Earldom resides with the Marquesses of Bute. However, the title, can be inherited through the female line through an amendment to the original creation and the title could be separated from the Marquesses of Bute should heirs presumptive to the titles of Bute and Dumfries be male and female, respectively, inherit.

Earl of Dumfries is a title in the Peerage of Scotland. It was originally created for William Crichton, 9th Lord Crichton of Sanquhar, in 1633, and stayed in the Crichton family until the death of the fourth countess in 1742, at which point the title passed to first the Dalrymple and then the McDouall families before finally being inherited by the Marquesses of Bute, where it remains today.

The subsidiary titles of the Earl of Dumfries are: Viscount of Ayr (created 1622), Lord Crichton of Sanquhar (1488), Lord Sanquhar (1622), and Lord Crichton of Cumnock (1633), all in the Peerage of Scotland.

Lords Crichton of Sanquhar (1488)[edit]

Earls of Dumfries (1633)[edit]

The heir apparent to both titles is the present holder's son John Bryson Crichton-Stuart, Earl of Dumfries (b. 1989).[4]

The heir presumptive to the heir apparent for the Marquessate of Bute is Lord Anthony Crichton-Stuart (b.1961), second son of the 6th Marquess and uncle of the heir apparent.

The heir presumptive to the heir apparent for the Earldom of Dumfries is Lady Caroline Crichton-Stuart (b. 1984), eldest daughter of the 12th Earl (7th Marquess) and elder sister of the heir apparent.

Family Tree[edit]

William Crichton
1st Earl of Dumfries
Sir James Stuart
1st Baronet
(died 1662)
William Crichton
2nd Earl of Dumfries

Sir Dugald Stuart
2nd Baronet
(died 1670)
The Hon. Charles Chricton
Lord Crichton
John Dalrymple
1st Earl of Stair

James Stuart
1st Earl of Bute

(died 1710)
William Crichton
3rd Earl of Dumfries
(died 1694)
Penelope Crichton
suo jure
4th Countess of Dumfries
(died 1641/2)
William Dalrymple
of Glenmure
(died 1744
James Stuart
2nd Earl of Bute

(died 1722/3)
William Dalrymple-Crichton
5th Earl of Dumfries

4th Earl of Stair
Elizabeth Daylrymple
John Stuart
3rd Earl of Bute

6th Earl of Dumfries

John Stuart
1st Marquess of Bute

Elizabeth Penelope
John Stuart
Viscount Mount Stuart

John Crichton-Stuart
7th Earl of Dumfries
2nd Marquess of Bute

John Patrick Crichton-Stuart
8th Earl of Dumfries
3rd Marquess of Bute

John Patrick Crichton-Stuart
9th Earl of Dumfries
4th Marquess of Bute

John Crichton-Stuart
10th Earl of Dumfries
5th Marquess of Bute

John Crichton-Stuart
11th Earl of Dumfries
6th Marquess of Bute

John Colum Crichton-Stuart
12th Earl of Dumfries
7th Marquess of Bute

(born 1958)
John Bryson Crichton-Stuart
Lord Mount Stuart
(born 1989)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ As his father uses the Marquessate as the title of precedence, the heir apparent is entitled to use the lesser title by courtesy and style.
  2. ^ http://www.cracroftspeerage.co.uk/online/content/index1671.htm#CRICHTONS_1488_5
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-08-16. Retrieved 2011-04-22. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-02. Retrieved 2011-04-22.