Marquess of Donegall

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Marquessate of Donegall
Coronet of a British Marquess.svg
Marquess of Donegall COA.svg
Arms: Quarterly, 1st and 4th: Chequy Or and Gules, a Chief Vair (for Chichester); 2nd and 3rd: Azure fretty Argent (for Etchingham). Crest: A Stork proper, holding in the beak an Eel Argent. Supporters: On either side a Wolf Gules, ducally gorged and chained Or.[1]
Creation date4 July 1791
MonarchGeorge III
PeeragePeerage of Ireland
First holderArthur Chichester, 5th Earl of Donegall
Present holderPatrick Chichester, 8th Marquess of Donegall
Heir apparentJames Chichester, Earl of Belfast
Remainder toHeirs male of the body
Subsidiary titlesEarl of Donegall
Earl of Belfast
Viscount Chichester
Baron Chichester
Baron Fisherwick
Baron Templemore
Seat(s)Dunbrody Park
Former seat(s)Dunbrody House; Ormeau House; Belfast Castle; Donegall House
MottoINVICTUM SEQUITUR HONOR (Honour follows him who does not seek it)[2]

Marquess of Donegall is a title in the Peerage of Ireland held by the head of the Chichester family, originally from Devon, England. Sir John Chichester sat as a Member of Parliament and was High Sheriff of Devon in 1557. One of his sons, Sir Arthur Chichester, was Lord Deputy of Ireland from 1604 to 1614. In 1613, he was raised to the Peerage of Ireland as Baron Chichester, of Belfast in County Antrim. He died childless in 1625 when the barony became extinct.[3]

However, in the same year the Chichester title was revived in favour of his younger brother, Edward Chichester, who was made Baron Chichester, of Belfast in the County of Antrim, and Viscount Chichester, of Carrickfergus in County Antrim.[4] Both titles are in the Peerage of Ireland. He was succeeded by his eldest son, Arthur Chichester. A distinguished soldier, he was created Earl of Donegall in the Peerage of Ireland in 1647 (one year before he succeeded his father), with remainder to the heirs male of his father.[5][6]

He died without male issue and was succeeded (in the earldom according to the special remainder) by his nephew Arthur Chichester, the second Earl. He was the eldest son of Lieutenant-Colonel John Chichester, second son of the first Viscount. Lord Donegall had previously represented Donegal County in the Irish House of Commons. His eldest son, the third Earl, was a Major-General in the Spanish army and fought in the War of the Spanish Succession. He was killed in action in 1706. His eldest son, the fourth Earl, died childless and was succeeded by his nephew, the fifth Earl. He was the son of the Hon. John Chichester, younger son of the third Earl. Lord Donegall was created Baron Fisherwick, of Fisherwick in the County of Stafford, in the Peerage of Great Britain in 1790,[7] and one year later he was further honoured when he was made Earl of Belfast and Marquess of Donegall in the Peerage of Ireland.[8][9]

His grandson, the third Marquess, served as Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard under Lord John Russell between 1848 and 1852. In 1841, three years before he succeeded his father in the marquessate, he was created Baron Ennishowen and Carrickfergus, of Ennishowen in the County of Donegal and of Carrickfergus in the County of Antrim, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom.[10] Both his sons predeceased him and on his death in 1883 the barony of 1841 became extinct. He was succeeded in his other titles by his younger brother, the fourth Marquess. On the death of his grandson, the sixth Marquess, in 1975, the line of the second Marquess failed. The sixth Marquess was succeeded by his kinsman, the fifth Baron Templemore (see below), who became the seventh Marquess. From 1975 until 1999, when most hereditary seats were abolished with the passage of the House of Lords Act 1999, the Marquess sat in the House of Lords as Baron Fisherwick in the Peerage of Great Britain. As of 2015, the titles are held by the latter's son, the eighth Marquess, who succeeded in 2007.[2]

The county in Ulster from which the title is derived is now spelled Donegal. Several locations in Belfast are named after the family, such as Donegall Square, Donegall Place, Donegall Road, Donegall Pass, Donegall Quay, Chichester Street, Arthur Street, Arthur Square, and Chichester Park.

Chichester family[edit]

Several other members of the Chichester family have also gained distinction. John Chichester, grandson of Sir John Chichester, brother of the first Baron Chichester and the first Viscount Chichester, was created a baronet in 1641 (see Chichester baronets).[11] John Chichester, second son of the first Viscount and father of the second Earl, represented Dungannon in the Irish House of Commons. For the branch of the family founded by John Chichester's younger son and namesake, John Chichester, see Baron O'Neill and Baron Rathcavan.

Arthur Chichester, eldest son of Lord Spencer Chichester, second son of the first Marquess, was created Baron Templemore in 1831.[12] Lord Arthur Chichester, fourth son of the second Marquess, and Lord John Chichester, sixth son of the second Marquess, both represented Belfast in Parliament. Robert Chichester, eldest son of Lord Adolphus Chichester, youngest son of the fourth Marquess, briefly represented Londonderry South in Parliament. His wife Dehra was also a politician while their daughter, Marion Caroline Dehra, was the mother of The Baron Moyola, who served briefly as Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, and the politician Sir Robin Chichester-Clark and of the gardening writer and television presenter Penelope Hobhouse.

Family seats[edit]


The caput, or family seat, has been in several locations over the centuries, usually in the east of Ulster. Joymount House was built for The 1st Baron Chichester in the 1610s in Carrickfergus in the east of County Antrim, probably being completed in 1618.[13] Joymount, along with the Plantation-era Belfast Castle, were the original two principal residences of the Chichester family in Ireland. Lord Chichester also maintained Chichester House, located on the Hoggen Green (now College Green), as his residence on what was then the eastern edge of Dublin. Joymount House was probably demolished in the early eighteenth-century, while Parliament House was built on the site of Chichester House in Dublin in the early 1730s.

In the early to mid-nineteenth-century, the family seats were: Donegall House, a large townhouse on the corner of what is now Donegall Place and Donegall Square in central Belfast[14] (Donegall House was later converted, in the 1820s, into a hotel called The Royal Hotel[15]); and Ormeau House (formerly Ormeau Cottage), a mansion largely built in the 1820s in the Ormeau Demesne (now Ormeau Park) in County Down, in what was then the south-eastern outskirts of Belfast.[16] Both these residences were later demolished, with Ormeau House probably being demolished around 1867.[17]

The 2nd Marquess of Donegall, again during the early to mid-nineteenth-century, also maintained Fisherwick Lodge, a hunting 'lodge' near Doagh (pronounced 'D'oak') in County Antrim, on the family's country estate there.[18] Later in the nineteenth-century, Belfast Castle, on the lower slopes of Cave Hill in North Belfast, was purpose-designed and built for The 3rd Marquess of Donegall as the main residence of the family. This new Belfast Castle was inherited by The 8th Earl of Shaftesbury and his wife in October 1883, thus passing out of the ownership of the Chichester family. Lord Shaftesbury had married the daughter of the third Marquess.

County Wexford[edit]

From October 1953 until about 1996, Dunbrody House, formerly the seat of the Barons Templemore near Arthurstown in the south-west of County Wexford, was the family seat of The 7th Marquess of Donegall. From October 1953 until May 1975, the seventh Marquess was known as The 5th Baron Templemore. Arthurstown was named for The 1st Earl of Donegall. The house was sold by the seventh Marquess to chef Kevin Dundon, who converted it to a luxury hotel and restaurant in 1997.[19] What remains of the Dunbrody Estate is, however, still in the ownership of the current head of the family, The 8th Marquess of Donegall, whose present family seat is the much smaller Dunbrody Park within the estate grounds.

Baron Chichester (1613)[edit]

Baron Chichester and Viscount Chichester (1625)[edit]

Earl of Donegall (1647)[edit]

Marquess of Donegall (1791)[edit]

The heir apparent is the present holder's only son, James Arthur Chichester, Earl of Belfast (born November 1990).

Male-line family tree[edit]

Male-line family tree, Barons Chichester (both creations), Viscounts Chichester, Earls of Donegall, and Marquesses of Donegall.
Sir John Chichester
died 1569
Baron Chichester
Baron Chichester
Viscount Chichester
(both 1625)
Arthur Chichester
1st Baron Chichester

Edward Chichester
1st Viscount Chichester

1st Baron Chichester
1613 barony extinct
Earl of Donegall (1647)
Arthur Chichester
1st Earl of Donegall

2nd Viscount Chichester
Lt. Col.
John Chichester
Williaṃ Chichester
died 1660
Arthur Chichester
2nd Earl of Donegall

3rd Viscount Chichester
died 1678
Arthur Chichester
3rd Earl of Donegall

4th Viscount Chichester
Arthur Chichester
4th Earl of Donegall

5th Viscount Chichester
John Chichester
Baron Fisherwick
(1790, GB)
Earl of Belfast
Marquess of Donegall
(both 1791)
Arthur Chichester
1st Marquess of Donegall

5th Earl of Donegall
George Chichester
2nd Marquess of Donegall

6th Earl of Donegall
Arthur Chichester
Spencer Chichester
Baron Ennishowen
and Carrickfergus
(1841, UK)
Baron Templemore
(1831, UK)
George Chichester
3rd Marquess of Donegall

7th Earl of Donegall
Edward Chichester
4th Marquess of Donegall

8th Earl of Donegall
Spencer Chichester
Arthur Chichester

Haṃilton Chichester
John Chichester

Stephen Chichester
Arthur Chichester
1st Baron Templemore

Ennishowen and
Carrickfergus barony
George Chichester
Viscount Chichester
Frederick Chichester
Earl of Belfast
George Chichester
5th Marquess of Donegall

9th Earl of Donegall
Henry Chichester
Adolphus Chichester
Harry Chichester
2nd Baron Templemore

Edward Chichester
6th Marquess of Donegall

10th Earl of Donegall
Severne Chichester
Forester Chichester
Robert Chichester
Augustus Chichester
Arthur Chichester
3rd Baron Templemore

Titles inherited by the
5th Baron Templemore
Robert Chichester
Arthur Chichester
4th Baron Templemore

Maj. Hon.
Arthur Chichester
Dermot Chichester
7th Marquess of Donegall

11th Earl of Donegall
5th Baron Templemore
Patrick Chichester
8th Marquess of Donegall

12th Earl of Donegall
6th Baron Templemore
born 1952
James Chichester
Earl of Belfast

born 1990

Line of succession[edit]

Line of succession

See also[edit]


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  20. ^