Marquess of Willingdon

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Marquess of Willingdon
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Arms: Quarterly: 1st & 4th, Argent, three Lions rampant Gules, a Chief Azure (Thomas); 2nd & 3rd, Ermine, two Roundels in pale Azure, over all three Lozenges Or. Crests: 1st, A Demi-Lion Gules, charged on the shoulder with an Ermine Spot (Freeman); 2nd, Issuant from an Antique Crown Azure, a Boar’s Head proper (Thomas). Supporters: On either side a Freeman armed Cap-á-pie in English Armour of the 17th century proper.
Creation date 26 May 1936
Monarch Edward VIII
First holder Freeman Freeman-Thomas, 1st Marquess of Willingdon
Last holder Inigo Freeman-Thomas, 2nd Marquess of Willingdon
Subsidiary titles Earl of Willingdon
Viscount Willingdon
Viscount Ratendone
Baron Willingdon
Status Extinct
Extinction date 19 March 1979
Former seat(s) Westport House
Freeman Freeman-Thomas, 1st Marquess of Willingdon.

Marquess of Willingdon was a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created on 26 May 1936 for the Liberal politician and colonial governor Freeman Freeman-Thomas, 1st Earl of Willingdon.[1] He was Governor-General of Canada from 1926 to 1931 and Viceroy of India from 1931 to 1936.

Freeman-Thomas had previously been created Baron Willingdon, of Ratton in the County of Sussex, in 1910,[2] Viscount Willingdon, of Ratton in the County of Sussex, on 23 June 1924,[3] and on 20 February 1931, on his retirement as Governor General of Canada, he was made Viscount Ratendone, of Willingdon in the County of Sussex, and Earl of Willingdon.[4] These titles were also in the Peerage of the United Kingdom.

Upon his death in 1941, the 1st Marquess of Willingdon was succeeded by his only surviving son, Inigo. Inigo was a soldier and also served as Liberal Chief Whip in the House of Lords from 1948 to 1949. He was childless and all the titles became extinct upon his death in 1979.

The marquessate of Willingdon was the most recent marquessate to be created in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. The most recently created extant marquessate is now that of Reading, created in 1926.

Marquesses of Willingdon (1936)[edit]


  1. ^ "No. 34289". The London Gazette. 29 May 1936. p. 3440. 
  2. ^ "No. 28398". The London Gazette. 22 July 1910. p. 5269. 
  3. ^ "No. 32949". The London Gazette. 24 June 1924. p. 4887. 
  4. ^ "No. 33692". The London Gazette. 24 February 1931. p. 1283.