Simon Abney-Hastings, 15th Earl of Loudoun

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The Right Honourable
The Earl of Loudoun
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BornSimon Michael Abney-Hastings
(1974-10-29) 29 October 1974 (age 44)
TitleEarl of Loudoun
LocalityWangaratta, Victoria
PredecessorMichael Abney-Hastings,
14th Earl of Loudoun
HeirThe Hon. Marcus Abney-Hastings
ParentsMichael Abney-Hastings,
14th Earl of Loudoun

Simon Michael Abney-Hastings, 15th Earl of Loudoun (born 29 October 1974), is a British aristocrat living in Australia who is the current holder of the ancient Scottish noble title of Earl of Loudoun.


The Earl of Loudoun is the son of Michael Abney-Hastings, 14th Earl of Loudoun, whom he succeeded in 2012. He resides in Wangaratta and Melbourne, Victoria.[1]

The heir presumptive to the title is the present holder's brother, the Hon. Marcus William Abney-Hastings (b. 1981).


Through his grandmother Barbara Huddleston Abney-Hastings, 13th Countess of Loudoun, he is directly descended from, and heir-general of George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence, brother of Edward IV and Richard III. Other notable ancestors include King James IV of Scotland, Mary Tudor, Queen of France, Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury (Catholic martyr, beatified by Pope Leo XIII), Mary Boleyn, William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, and Alice Spencer, Countess of Derby.[citation needed]

Claim to the Throne of England[edit]

In 2004, Britain's Real Monarch—a documentary broadcast on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom—repeated the claim that the Earl's father, as the senior descendant of George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence, was the rightful King of England. This argument involves the claim that Edward IV of England was illegitimate.[2] The Earl, following his father's death, would have become the rightful monarch of England under this alternative path of succession, rather than Elizabeth II. This is a claim to the throne of England but not the whole of the United Kingdom, as the English line joined that of Scotland in 1503 with the marriage of Margaret Tudor to James IV of Scotland.

Titles and styles[edit]

Styles of
Simon Abney-Hastings,
15th Earl of Loudoun
Reference styleThe Right Honourable
Alternative styleSir


  1. ^ "'Rightful king of England' dies in Australia". The Telegraph. 3 July 2012.
  2. ^ 'Rightful heir' to British monarchy dies in Australia AFP – 5 July 2012, Yahoo! News
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Michael Abney-Hastings
Earl of Loudoun
Succeeded by