List of marquesses in the peerages of Britain and Ireland

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This is a list of the 34 present and extant Marquesses in the Peerages of the Kingdom of England, Kingdom of Scotland, Kingdom of Great Britain, Kingdom of Ireland, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland which became the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in 1922. Note that it does not mention any Marquessates held as a subsidiary title of a Duke. For a more complete listing, which adds these "hidden" Marquessates as well as extant, extinct, dormant, abeyant, and forfeit ones, see List of Marquessates.

They were a relatively late introduction to the British peerage, and on the evening of the Coronation of Queen Victoria in 1838, the Prime Minister Lord Melbourne explained to her why (from her journals):

"I spoke to Ld M. about the numbers of Peers present at the Coronation, & he said it was quite unprecedented. I observed that there were very few Viscounts, to which he replied "There are very few Viscounts," that they were an old sort of title & not really English; that they came from Vice-Comites; that Dukes & Barons were the only real English titles; — that Marquises were likewise not English, & that people were mere made Marquises, when it was not wished that they should be made Dukes".[1]

Order of precedence[edit]

Heraldic representation of the Coronet of a British Marquess.

The general order of precedence among Marquesses is:

  1. Marquesses in the Peerage of England
  2. Marquesses in the Peerage of Scotland
  3. Marquesses in the Peerage of Great Britain
  4. Marquesses in the Peerage of Ireland created before 1801
  5. Marquesses in the Peerage of the United Kingdom and Marquesses in the Peerage of Ireland created after 1801

Marquesses in the peerages of Britain and Ireland[edit]

Number Title Date of creation Arms Current holder Peerage Notes
1. The Marquess of Winchester (1551) Marquess of Winchester COA.svg Nigel Paulet, 18th Marquess of Winchester England
2. The Marquess of Huntly (1599) Marquess of Huntly arms.svg Granville Gordon, 13th Marquess of Huntly Scotland
3. The Marquess of Queensberry (1682) Coat of arms of the Marquess of Queensberry.svg David Douglas, 12th Marquess of Queensberry Scotland
4. The Marquess of Tweeddale (1694) Marquess of Tweeddale arms.svg David Hay, 14th Marquess of Tweeddale Scotland
5. The Marquess of Lothian (1701) Ker.svg Michael Kerr, 13th Marquess of Lothian (known as Michael Ancram) Scotland
6. The Marquess of Lansdowne (1784) Marquess of Lansdowne.svg Charles Petty-Fitzmaurice, 9th Marquess of Lansdowne Great Britain
7. The Marquess Townshend (1787) Marquess of Townshend COA.svg Charles Townshend, 8th Marquess Townshend Great Britain
8. The Marquess of Salisbury (1789) Marquess of Salisbury COA.svg Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 7th Marquess of Salisbury Great Britain
9. The Marquess of Bath (1789) Thynne-Botteville arms.svg Alexander Thynn, 7th Marquess of Bath Great Britain
10. The Marquess of Hertford (1793) Marquess of Hertford.svg Henry Seymour, 9th Marquess of Hertford Great Britain
11. The Marquess of Bute (1796) Marquess of Bute COA.svg John Crichton-Stuart, 7th Marquess of Bute Great Britain
12. The Marquess of Waterford (1789) Marquess of Waterford COA.svg Henry Beresford, 9th Marquess of Waterford Ireland
13. The Marquess of Downshire (1789) Arms of Hill, Marquess of Downshire.svg Nicholas Hill, 9th Marquess of Downshire Ireland
14. The Marquess of Donegall (1791) Marquess of Donegall COA.svg Patrick Chichester, 8th Marquess of Donegall Ireland
15. The Marquess of Headfort (1800) Marquess of Headfort COA.svg Thomas Taylour, 7th Marquess of Headfort Ireland
16. The Marquess of Sligo (1800) Coat of arms of the Marquess of Sligo.svg Sebastian Browne, 12th Marquess of Sligo Ireland
17. The Marquess of Ely (1800) Coat of arms of the Marquess of Ely.svg John Tottenham, 9th Marquess of Ely Ireland
18. The Marquess of Exeter (1801) Marquess of Exeter COA.svg Michael Cecil, 8th Marquess of Exeter United Kingdom
19. The Marquess of Northampton (1812) Coat of arms of the Marquess of Northampton.svg Spencer Compton, 7th Marquess of Northampton United Kingdom
20. The Marquess Camden (1812) Marquess of Camden COA.svg David Pratt, 6th Marquess Camden United Kingdom
21. The Marquess of Anglesey (1815) Arms of Paget.svg Charles Paget, 8th Marquess of Anglesey United Kingdom
22. The Marquess of Cholmondeley (1815) Marquess of Cholmondeley COA.svg David Cholmondeley, 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley United Kingdom Holds higher rank as Lord Great Chamberlain
23. The Marquess of Londonderry (1816) Marquess of Londonderry COA.svg Frederick Aubrey Vane-Tempest-Stewart, 10th Marquess of Londonderry Ireland
24. The Marquess Conyngham (1816) Coat of arms of Marquess Conyngham.svg Henry Conyngham, 8th Marquess Conyngham Ireland
25. The Marquess of Ailesbury (1821) Arms of the Marquess of Ailesbury.svg Michael Brudenell-Bruce, 8th Marquess of Ailesbury United Kingdom
26. The Marquess of Bristol (1826) Marquess of Bristol COA.svg Frederick Hervey, 8th Marquess of Bristol United Kingdom
27. The Marquess of Ailsa (1831) Marquess of Ailsa COA.svg David Kennedy, 9th Marquess of Ailsa United Kingdom
28. The Marquess of Normanby (1838) Marquess of Normanby COA.svg Constantine Phipps, 5th Marquess of Normanby United Kingdom
29. The Marquess of Abergavenny (1876) Arms of Neville, Marquess of Abergavenny.svg Christopher Nevill, 6th Marquess of Abergavenny United Kingdom
30. The Marquess of Zetland (1892) Marquess of Zetland COA.svg Mark Dundas, 4th Marquess of Zetland United Kingdom
31. The Marquess of Linlithgow (1902) Marquess of Linlithgow Arms.svg Adrian Hope, 4th Marquess of Linlithgow United Kingdom
32. The Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair (1916) Arms of the Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair.svg Alexander Gordon, 7th Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair United Kingdom
33. The Marquess of Milford Haven (1917) Arms of Louis Mountbatten, Earl of Burma.svg George Mountbatten, 4th Marquess of Milford Haven United Kingdom
34. The Marquess of Reading (1926) Arms of Isaacs.svg Simon Isaacs, 4th Marquess of Reading United Kingdom


List of heirs of Marquesses in the Peerages of the British Isles[edit]

Heirs apparent[edit]

1. Christopher Paulet, Earl of Wiltshire, eldest son of the Marquess of Winchester

2. Alastair Gordon, Earl of Aboyne, eldest son of the Marquess of Huntly

3. Sholto Douglas, Viscount Drumlanrig, eldest son of the Marquess of Queensberry

4. Simon Petty-Maurice, Earl of Kerry, eldest son of the Marquess of Lansdowne

5. Thomas Townshend, Viscount Raynham, eldest son of the Marquess Townshend

6. Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, Viscount Cranborne, eldest son of the Marquess of Salisbury

7. Ceawlin Thynn, Viscount Weymouth, eldest son of the Marquess of Bath

8. William Seymour, Earl of Yarmouth, eldest son of the Marquess of Hertford

9. John Crichton-Stuart, Earl of Dumfries, eldest son of the Marquess of Bute

10. Richard de la Poer Beresford, Earl of Tyrone, eldest son of the Marquess of Waterford

11. Edmund Hill, Earl of Hillsborough, eldest son of the Marquess of Downshire

12. James Chichester, Earl of Belfast, eldest son of the Marquess of Donegall

13. Thomas Taylour, Earl of Bective, eldest son of the Marquess of Headfort

14. Christopher Browne, Earl of Altamont, eldest son of the Marquess of Sligo

15. Anthony Cecil, Lord Burghley, eldest son of the Marquess of Exeter

16. Daniel Compton, Earl Compton, eldest son of the Marquess of Northampton

17. James Pratt, Earl of Brecknock, eldest son of the Marquess Camden

18. Benedict Paget, Earl of Uxbridge, eldest son of the Marquess of Anglesey

19. Alexander Cholmondeley, Earl of Rocksavage, eldest son of the Marquess of Cholmondeley

20. Alexander Conyngham, Earl of Mount Charles, eldest son of the Marquess Conyngham

21. David Brundenell-Bruce, Earl of Cardigan, eldest son of the Marquess of Ailesbury

22. Archibald Kennedy, Earl of Cassilis, eldest son of the Marquess of Ailsa

23. John Phipps, Earl of Mulgrave, eldest son of the Marquess of Normanby

24. Robin Dundas, Earl of Ronaldshay, eldest son of the Marquess of Zetland

25. Andrew Hope, Earl of Hopetoun, eldest son of the Marquess of Linlithgow

26. George Gordon, Earl of Haddo, eldest son of the Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair

27. Henry Mountbatten, Earl of Medina, Eldest son of the Marquess of Milford Haven

28. Julian Isaacs, Viscount Erleigh, eldest son of the Marquess of Reading

Heirs presumptive[edit]

• Lord Anthony Hay is brother and heir-presumptive of the Marquess of Tweeddale

• Lord Ralph Kerr is brother and heir presumptive of the Marquess of Lothian

• Lord Timothy Tottenham is brother and heir-presumptive of the Marquess of Ely

• Lord Reginald Vane-Tempest-Stuart is brother and heir-presumptive of the Marquess of Londonderry

• Timothy Hervey is kinsman and heir-presumptive of the Marquess of Bristol

Marquesses without heirs[edit]

Marquess of Abergavenny

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Queen Victoria's Journals, Thursday 28th June 1838, Buckingham Palace, Princess Beatrice's copies, Volume:4 (1st June 1838-1st October 1838) p. 84, online, accessed May 25, 2013