Earl Castleton

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Earldom of Castleton
Coronet of a British Earl.svg
COA Saunderson (Castleton).svg
Paly of six, argent and azure, a bend, sable, three annulets or
Creation date18 June 1720
MonarchGeorge I
PeeragePeerage of Great Britain
First holderJames Saunderson, 6th Viscount Castleton
Last holderJames Saunderson, 1st Earl Castleton
Remainder toHeirs male of the first earl's body lawfully begotton
Subsidiary titlesViscount Castleton
Baron Saunderson
Extinction date23 May 1723
Former seat(s)Sandbeck Park
Castle Saunderson
MottoJe suis veillant à plaire ("I am watchful to please") or Sans Dieu rien ("Without God, nothing")[1]

The title Earl Castleton, of Sandbeck in the County of York, was created in the Peerage of Great Britain in 1720 for the 6th Viscount Castleton, who had previously been created Baron Saunderson, of Saxby in the County of Lincoln, in 1714, and Viscount Castleton, of Sandbeck in the County of York, in 1716, both also in the Peerage of Great Britain.[2]

The title Viscount Castleton had been created in the Peerage of Ireland in 1627, along with the subsidiary title Baron Saunderson, of Bantry in the County of Cork, for Sir Nicholas Saunderson, 1st Baronet, who had been created a Baronet, styled "of Saxby in the County of York", in the Baronetage of England, in 1611.[3]

All of the titles became extinct on the death of the 1st Earl in 1723. His estates passed to his cousin Thomas Lumley-Saunderson, 3rd Earl of Scarbrough, who thereupon took the additional surname of Sanderson, by Act of Parliament.[4]

Saunderson Baronets (1611)[edit]

Viscounts Castleton (1627)[edit]

Earls Castleton (1720)[edit]


  1. ^ Burke, John; Burke, Bernard (1842). A General Armory of England, Scotland, and Ireland. Edward Churton. p. 915.
  2. ^ Burke, Sir Bernard (1866). "A Genealogical History of the Dormant: Abeyant, Forfeited, and Extinct Peerages of the British Empire". Harrison. p. 473.
  3. ^ George Edward Cokayne Complete Baronetage Volume 1 1900
  4. ^ Burke's Peerage (1939 edition, s.v. Scarbrough, Earl).
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Essex Baronets
Saunderson Baronets
25 November 1611
Succeeded by
Gostwick Baronets