Earl of Northesk

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William Carnegie,
7th Earl of Northesk

Earl of Northesk is a title in the Peerage of Scotland. It was created in 1662 for John Carnegie, who notably served as Sheriff of Forfarshire. He was given the subsidiary title of Lord Rosehill and Eglismauldie (or Inglismaldie) at the same time. Carnegie had already been created Earl of Ethie and Lord Lour in 1647 but relinquished those titles in exchange for the 1662 creations. For the purposes of precedence and seniority, the earldom of Northesk is treated as having been created in 1647, the date of the creation of the earldom of Ethie. Lord Northesk's great-grandson, the fourth Earl, sat in the House of Lords as a Scottish Representative Peer from 1708 to 1715. His younger son, the sixth Earl, was an Admiral in the Royal Navy.

He was succeeded by his son, the seventh Earl. He was also an Admiral in the Navy and was third in command at the Battle of Trafalgar. Lord Northesk was also a Scottish Representative Peer between 1796 and 1807 and 1830 and 1831. His grandson, the ninth Earl, was a Scottish Representative Peer from 1885 to 1891. He was succeeded by his son, the tenth Earl, who served as a Scottish Representative Peer from 1900 to 1921. His son, the eleventh Earl, was a Scottish Representative Peer from 1959 to 1963, when all Scottish peers were given an automatic seat in the House of Lords. He was succeeded by his first cousin, the twelfth Earl. He was the son of the Hon. Douglas George Carnegie, second son of the ninth Earl. The fourteenth Earl was one of the ninety elected hereditary peers that were allowed to remain in the House of Lords after the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999, and sat on the Conservative benches. He died without surviving male issue, so the title passed to a distant cousin through the second Earl.

David Carnegie, 1st Earl of Southesk, was the elder brother of the first Earl. Another member of the Carnegy family is Elizabeth Patricia Carnegy, Baroness Carnegy of Lour. She is a descendant of the Hon. Patrick Carnegie of Lour, third son of the second Earl of Northesk.

The earldom is named after the River Esk in Angus. The family seat was Ethie Castle, near Arbroath, Scotland.[1]

Earls of Northesk (1647/1662)[edit]

Coat of Arms of the Earls of Northesk

The heir presumptive is the present holder's brother, Hon. Colin David Carnegy (b. 1942)

The heir presumptive's heir apparent is his son, Charles Alexander Carnegy (b. 1975), who married Abigail Sophie Draper in 2008.[2]

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  2. ^ Earl of Northesk, Peerage News, Google Groups, 30 March 2010