Viscount de Vesci

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Arms of Viscount de Vesci of Abbeyleix, being a differenced version of his ancestral arms of Vesey: Or, on a cross sable a patriarchal cross of the field

Viscount de Vesci, of Abbeyleix in the Queen's County, now called County Laois (pronounced "leash"), is a title in the Peerage of Ireland. It was created in 1776 for Thomas Vesey, 2nd Baron Knapton and 3rd Baronet. The title Baron Knapton was created in the Peerage of Ireland in 1750 for the first Viscount's father, John Vesey, 2nd Baronet, who had earlier represented Newtownards in the Irish House of Commons. The baronetcy, of Abbeyleix in the Queen's County, was created in the Baronetage of Ireland on 28 September 1698 for the first Baron's father, Reverend Thomas Vesey, Bishop of Killaloe (1713–1714) and Bishop of Ossory (1714–1730).

The first Viscount's son, the second Viscount, was a Member of the Irish House of Commons for Maryborough. He sat in the House of Lords as an Irish representative peer from 1839 to 1855, and served as Lord Lieutenant of Queen's County between 1831 and 1855. The third Viscount represented Queen's County in the House of Commons as a Conservative and was an Irish representative peer from 1857 to 1875. The fourth Viscount served as Lord Lieutenant of Queen's County from 1883 to 1903.[citation needed]

In 1884, the fourth Viscount was created Baron de Vesci, of Abbey Leix in the Queen's County, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, which gave him an automatic seat in the House of Lords. However, this title became extinct on his death while he was succeeded in the Irish titles by his nephew, the fifth Viscount. He was an Irish representative peer from 1909 to 1958. On his death the titles passed to his nephew, the sixth Viscount. As of 2014 they are held by the latter's son, the seventh Viscount, who succeeded in 1983.[citation needed]

The family title of Vesci is pronounced "Vessee" and the family surname of Vesey is pronounced "Veezey".

The family seat was Abbeyleix House, near Abbeyleix, County Laois.

Vesey baronets, of Abbeyleix (1698)[edit]

Baron Knapton (1750)[edit]

Viscount de Vesci (1776)[edit]

The heir apparent is the present holder's second son, Hon. Oliver Ivo Vesey (born 1991).[a][1]

Male-line family tree[edit]

Male-line family tree, Vesey baronets, Barons Knapton and Viscounts de Vesci.
Sir Thomas Vesey
1st Baronet

died 1730
Baron Knapton
John Vesey
1st Baron Knapton

2nd Baronet
died 1761
Viscount de Vesci
Thomas Vesey
1st Viscount de Vesci

2nd Baron Knapton
John Vesey
2nd Viscount de Vesci

Thomas Vesey
3rd Viscount de Vesci

Baron de Vesci (UK)
John Vesey
4th Viscount de Vesci

Capt. Hon.
Eustace Vesey
Barony de Vesci extinct
Eustace Vesey
Yvo Vesey
5th Viscount de Vesci

Lt Col. Hon.[b]
Osbert Vesey
Col. Hon.[b]
Thomas Vesey
John Vesey
6th Viscount de Vesci

Thomas Vesey
7th Viscount de Vesci

born 1955
Oliver Vesey
born 1991

Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ The eldest son, Damian Brian John Vesey, is not in the line of succession, because he was born before his parents married.[1][unreliable source?]
  2. ^ a b The 5th Viscount's brothers were allowed by a warrant of precedence from the King to use the style of Honourable, because their father would have held the peerage but for his predeceasing the previous holder.[2]


  1. ^ a b Oliver Ivo Vesey profile,; accessed 9 September 2014.
  2. ^ "No. 27685". The London Gazette. 14 June 1904. pp. 3787–3788.