Earl of Lisburne

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Earldom of Lisburne
Coronet of a British Earl.svg
Earl of Lisburne COA.svg
Arms of the Earls of Lisburne: Sable, a chevron between three fleurs-de-lis argent [1]
Creation date 1776
Monarch George III
Peerage Peerage of Ireland
First holder Wilmot Vaughan, 4th Viscount Lisburne
Present holder David Vaughan, 9th Earl of Lisburne
Heir presumptive Hon. Michael Vaughan
Subsidiary titles Viscount Lisburne
Baron Fethard
Former seat(s) Trawsgoed
Mamhead Park

Earl of Lisburne is a title in the Peerage of Ireland. It was created in 1776 for Wilmot Vaughan, 4th Viscount Lisburne. He represented Cardiganshire and Berwick-upon-Tweed in the House of Commons and held minor governmental office.[2]

Not satisfied with the Irish title, Lisburne attempted to cajole his way into a title in the Peerage of England through his support of the Prime Minister the Duke of Portland. He quite unsuccessfully suggested in a letter that he would withdraw his support if he did not receive a peerage; Lisburne was horrified when his threat reached the ears of the king. "... his Majesty observed upon it that he could not have supposed that Lord Lisburne would have imagined that he was to be frightened into giving peerages—the moment was not open for explanation—your opinion, the declaration of your intentions, was in writing."[2]

His younger son, the third Earl, sat as Member of Parliament for Cardigan. He was succeeded by his son, the fourth Earl. He also represented Cardiganshire in Parliament.[1] His great-grandson, the seventh Earl, served as Lord Lieutenant of Cardiganshire. As of 2015 the titles are held by the latter's grandson, the ninth Earl, who succeeded in 2014.[3]

The titles of Baron Fethard (or Baron Fethers), of Feathered in the County of Tipperary, and Viscount Lisburne, were created in the Peerage of Ireland in 1695 for John Vaughan, Member of Parliament for Cardiganshire and also Lord Lieutenant of that county. His son, the second Viscount, also represented Cardiganshire in Parliament and was Lord-Lieutenant of Cardiganshire. His younger brother, the third Viscount, was he too Lord Lieutenant of Cardiganshire. He was succeeded by his son, the aforementioned fourth Viscount, who was created Earl of Lisburne in 1776.[4]

The heir apparent to the earldom uses the invented courtesy title Viscount Vaughan.

The family seat traditionally was Trawsgoed (Crosswood) in Ceredigion (Cardiganshire), Wales.[5]

Viscounts Lisburne (1695)[edit]

Earls of Lisburne (1776)[edit]

The heir presumptive is the current holder's brother, the Hon. Michael John Wilmot Vaughan (born 1948).

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  1. ^ a b Debrett, John (1847). Debrett's Genealogical Peerage of Great Britain and Ireland. p. 472. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "VAUGHAN, Wilmot, 1st Earl of Lisburne [I] (1728-1800), of Crosswood, Card". History of Parliament Online. The History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "The Earl of Lisburne - obituary". The Daily Telegraph. 17 November 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  4. ^ Debrett, John (1820). Debrett's Peerage of England, Scotland, and Ireland. p. 992. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  5. ^ Aslet, Clive (29 December 2007). "Village voice: Trawsgoed". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  • Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990