Earl of Listowel
Arms: Gules, two Bars Or, a Chief indented Or. Crest: A Demi-Lion couped Argent, ducally gorged Or. Supporters: On either side a Dragon wings elevated Ermine, armed and langued Gules.
|Creation date||5 February 1822|
|Peerage||Peerage of Ireland|
|First holder||William Hare, 1st Viscount Ennismore and Listowel|
|Present holder||Francis Hare, 6th Earl of Listowel|
|Heir presumptive||Hon. Timothy Hare|
|Subsidiary titles||Viscount Ennismore and Listowel |
|Former seat(s)||Convamore House|
|Motto||ODI PROFANUM |
(I hate whatever is profane)
Earl of Listowel (pronounced "Lish-toe-ell") is a title in the Peerage of Ireland. It was created in 1822 for William Hare, 1st Viscount Ennismore and Listowel, who had earlier represented Cork City and Athy in the Irish House of Commons.
He had already been created Baron Ennismore, of Ennismore in the County of Kerry, in 1800, and Viscount Ennismore and Listowel, in 1816, also in the Peerage of Ireland. His grandson, the second Earl, represented Kerry and St Albans in the British House of Commons. He was succeeded by his eldest son, the third Earl. In 1869 he was created Baron Hare, of Convamore in the County of Cork, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, which gave him an automatic seat in the House of Lords. Lord Listowel later held minor office in the second administration of William Ewart Gladstone. His grandson, the fifth Earl, was a Labour politician and notably served as the last Secretary of State for India and Burma.
As of 2017[update] the titles are held by the latter's eldest son, the sixth Earl, who succeeded in 1997. Lord Listowel is one of the ninety elected hereditary peers that remain in the House of Lords after the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999, and sits as a cross-bencher.
Earls of Listowel (1822)
- William Hare, 1st Earl of Listowel (1751–1837)
- William Hare, 2nd Earl of Listowel (1801–1856)
- William Hare, 3rd Earl of Listowel (1833–1924)
- Richard Granville Hare, 4th Earl of Listowel (1866–1931)
- William Francis Hare, 5th Earl of Listowel (1906–1997)
- Francis Michael Hare, 6th Earl of Listowel (b. 1964)
The heir presumptive is the present holder's brother the Hon. Timothy Patrick Hare (b. 1966).
The next in line is the present holder's cousin Caspar John Hare, 3rd Viscount Blakenham (born 1972), a philosophy professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has a son, the Hon. Inigo Hare.