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Earl of Eglinton

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Earldom of Eglinton


Quarterly 1st and 4th grand quarters counterquartered 1st and 4th Azure three fleur-de-lys Or (Montgomerie); 2nd and 3rd Gules three annulets Or stoned Azure (Eglinton), all within a bordure Or charged with a double treasure flory counter-flory Gules; 2nd and 3rd grand quarters counterquartered 1st and 4th Or three crescents within a double treasure flory counterflory Gules (Seton); 2nd and 3rd Azure three garbs Or (Buchan) over all an escutcheon parted per pale Gules and Azure the dexter charged with a sword in pale proper pommelled and billed Or supporting an imperial crown the sinister charged with a star of twelve points Argent, all within a double treasure flory counterflory Gold.

Creation date1507[1]
Created byJames IV of Scotland
PeeragePeerage of Scotland
First holderHugh Montgomerie, 3rd Lord Montgomerie[2]
Present holderHugh Archibald William Montgomerie, 19th Earl of Eglinton, 7th Earl of Winton
Heir apparentRhuridh Seton Archibald Montgomerie, Lord Montgomerie
Subsidiary titlesLord Montgomerie
Seat(s)Balhomie House
Former seat(s)Eglinton Castle
Skelmorlie Castle

Earl of Eglinton is a title in the Peerage of Scotland.[a] It was created by James IV of Scotland in 1507 for Hugh Montgomerie, 3rd Lord Montgomerie.[2][1]

In 1859, the thirteenth Earl of Eglinton, Archibald Montgomerie, was also created Earl of Winton in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, which gave him an automatic seat in the House of Lords, and both earldoms have been united since. Furthermore, other titles held with the earldoms are: Lord Montgomerie (created 1449), Baron Ardrossan (1806) and Baron Seton and Tranent (1859). The first is in the Peerage of Scotland, while the latter two are in the Peerage of the United Kingdom.

William Dunbar mentions a Sir Hugh of Eglinton in his Lament for the Makaris, citing him as a fellow poet. He has sometimes been tentatively identified as Huchown, but this is not certain.

The Earl of Eglinton is the hereditary Clan Chief of Clan Montgomery. The ancestral seat was Eglinton Castle in Kilwinning, North Ayrshire.

Lords Montgomerie (1449)


Earls of Eglinton (1507)


The heir apparent is the present holder's son, Rhuridh Seton Archibald Montgomerie, Lord Montgomerie (born 2007).

Family tree

Arms of the Earl of Eglinton and Winton
The 1764 coat of arms of Alexander Montgomerie, 10th Earl of Eglinton
Montgomerie family crests in 1843
The Eglinton Tournament Bridge and Eglinton Castle in 1876

See also



  1. ^ Some authorities spell the title as Earl of Eglintoun[3]


  1. ^ a b "Earl of Eglinton". Debrett's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage and Companionage. 1878. Retrieved 17 April 2021.
  2. ^ a b c "Hugh Montgomerie, 1st Earl of Eglinton". The Book of Scotsmen Eminent for Achievements. 1881. Retrieved 17 April 2021.
  3. ^ Burke 1832, p. 425.
  4. ^ "Alexander Montgomerie". Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage. 1848. Retrieved 17 April 2021.
  5. ^ Henderson 1894.

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