List of marquesses in the peerages of Britain and Ireland

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This is a list of the 34 present and extant marquesses in the peerages of the Kingdom of England, Kingdom of Scotland, Kingdom of Great Britain, Kingdom of Ireland, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland which became the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in 1922. It does not mention any Marquessates held as a subsidiary title of a Duke. For a more complete listing, which adds these "hidden" Marquessates as well as extant, extinct, dormant, abeyant, and forfeit ones, see List of marquessates in the peerages of Britain and Ireland.

They were a relatively late introduction to the British peerage, and on the evening of the Coronation of Queen Victoria in 1838, the Prime Minister Lord Melbourne explained to her why (from her journals):

"I spoke to Ld M. about the numbers of Peers present at the Coronation, & he said it was quite unprecedented. I observed that there were very few Viscounts, to which he replied "There are very few Viscounts," that they were an odd sort of title & not really English; that they came from Vice-Comites; that Dukes & Barons were the only real English titles; — that Marquises were likewise not English, & that people were mere made Marquises, when it was not wished that they should be made Dukes".[1]

Order of precedence[edit]

Heraldic representation of the Coronet of a British Marquess.

The general order of precedence among Marquesses is:

  1. Marquesses in the Peerage of England
  2. Marquesses in the Peerage of Scotland
  3. Marquesses in the Peerage of Great Britain
  4. Marquesses in the Peerage of Ireland created before 1801
  5. Marquesses in the Peerage of the United Kingdom and Marquesses in the Peerage of Ireland created after 1801

Marquesses in the peerages of Britain and Ireland[edit]

Order Title Date of creation Arms Current holder Peerage Heir
1. The Marquess of Winchester 1551 Christopher Paulet, 19th Marquess of Winchester England Michael Paulet, Earl of Wiltshire
2. The Marquess of Huntly 1599 Granville Gordon, 13th Marquess of Huntly Scotland Alastair Gordon, Earl of Aboyne
3. The Marquess of Queensberry 1682 David Douglas, 12th Marquess of Queensberry Scotland Sholto Douglas, Viscount Drumlanrig
4. The Marquess of Tweeddale 1694 Charles Hay, 14th Marquess of Tweeddale Scotland Lord Alistair Hay (brother)
5. The Marquess of Lothian 1701 Michael Kerr, 13th Marquess of Lothian (known as Michael Ancram); also has the life peerage Baron Kerr of Monteviot, of Monteviot in Roxburghshire (UK, 2010).[2] Scotland Lord Ralph Kerr (brother)
6. The Marquess of Lansdowne 1784 Charles Petty-Fitzmaurice, 9th Marquess of Lansdowne Great Britain Simon Petty-FitzMaurice, Earl of Kerry
7. The Marquess Townshend 1787 Charles Townshend, 8th Marquess Townshend Great Britain Thomas Townshend, Viscount Raynham
8. The Marquess of Salisbury 1789 Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 7th Marquess of Salisbury; also has the life peerage Baron Gascoyne-Cecil, of Essendon in the County of Rutland (UK, 1999).[3] Great Britain Robert Edward William Gascoyne-Cecil, Viscount Cranborne
9. The Marquess of Bath 1789 Ceawlin Thynn, 8th Marquess of Bath Great Britain John Thynn, Viscount Weymouth
10. The Marquess of Hertford 1793 Henry Seymour, 9th Marquess of Hertford Great Britain William Seymour, Earl of Yarmouth
11. The Marquess of Bute 1796 John Bryson Crichton-Stuart, 8th Marquess of Bute Great Britain Lord Anthony Crichton-Stuart (uncle)
12. The Marquess of Waterford 1789 Henry Beresford, 9th Marquess of Waterford Ireland Richard de la Poer Beresford, Earl of Tyrone
13. The Marquess of Downshire 1789 Nicholas Hill, 9th Marquess of Downshire Ireland Edmund Hill, Earl of Hillsborough
14. The Marquess of Donegall 1791 Patrick Chichester, 8th Marquess of Donegall Ireland James Chichester, Earl of Belfast
15. The Marquess of Headfort 1800 Christopher Taylour, 7th Marquess of Headfort Ireland Thomas Taylour, Earl of Bective
16. The Marquess of Sligo 1800 Sebastian Browne, 12th Marquess of Sligo Ireland Christopher Browne, Earl of Altamont
17. The Marquess of Ely 1800 John Tottenham, 9th Marquess of Ely Ireland Lord Timothy Tottenham (brother)
18. The Marquess of Exeter 1801 Michael Cecil, 8th Marquess of Exeter United Kingdom Anthony Cecil, Lord Burghley
19. The Marquess of Northampton 1812 Spencer Compton, 7th Marquess of Northampton United Kingdom Daniel Compton, Earl Compton
20. The Marquess Camden 1812 David Pratt, 6th Marquess Camden United Kingdom James Pratt, Earl of Brecknock
21. The Marquess of Anglesey 1815 Charles Paget, 8th Marquess of Anglesey United Kingdom Benedict Paget, Earl of Uxbridge
22. The Marquess of Cholmondeley 1815 David Cholmondeley, 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley United Kingdom Alexander Cholmondeley, Earl of Rocksavage
23. The Marquess of Londonderry 1816 [Notes 1] Frederick Aubrey Vane-Tempest-Stewart, 10th Marquess of Londonderry Ireland Lord Reginald Vane-Tempest-Stuart (brother)
24. The Marquess Conyngham 1816 [Notes 2] Henry Conyngham, 8th Marquess Conyngham Ireland Alexander Conyngham, Earl of Mount Charles
25. The Marquess of Ailesbury 1821 Michael Brudenell-Bruce, 8th Marquess of Ailesbury United Kingdom David Brudenell-Bruce, Earl of Cardigan
26. The Marquess of Bristol 1826 Frederick Hervey, 8th Marquess of Bristol United Kingdom Frederick Hervey, Earl Jermyn
27. The Marquess of Ailsa 1831 David Kennedy, 9th Marquess of Ailsa United Kingdom Archibald Kennedy, Earl of Cassilis
28. The Marquess of Normanby 1838 Marquess of Normanby COA Constantine Phipps, 5th Marquess of Normanby United Kingdom John Phipps, Earl of Mulgrave
29. The Marquess of Abergavenny 1876 Christopher Nevill, 6th Marquess of Abergavenny United Kingdom none; David Michael Ralph Nevill (cousin) is heir presumptive to the Earldom of Abergavenny
30. The Marquess of Zetland 1892 Mark Dundas, 4th Marquess of Zetland United Kingdom Robin Dundas, Earl of Ronaldshay
31. The Marquess of Linlithgow 1902 Adrian Hope, 4th Marquess of Linlithgow United Kingdom Andrew Hope, Earl of Hopetoun
32. The Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair 1916 George Gordon, 8th Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair United Kingdom Ivo Gordon, Earl of Haddo
33. The Marquess of Milford Haven 1917 George Mountbatten, 4th Marquess of Milford Haven United Kingdom Henry Mountbatten, Earl of Medina
34. The Marquess of Reading 1926 Simon Isaacs, 4th Marquess of Reading United Kingdom Julian Isaacs, Viscount Erleigh

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Queen Victoria's Journals, Thursday 28th June 1838, Buckingham Palace, Princess Beatrice's copies, Volume:4 (1st June 1838-1st October 1838) p. 84, online, accessed May 25, 2013
  2. ^ "No. 59614". The London Gazette. 25 November 2010. p. 22705.
  3. ^ "No. 55676". The London Gazette. 23 November 1999. p. 12466.
  1. ^ The Marquess of Londonderry was created after the Acts of Union 1800. It takes precedence after earlier Marquessates of the United Kingdom.
  2. ^ The Marquess of Conyngham was created after the Acts of Union 1800. It takes precedence after earlier Marquessates of the United Kingdom.