Earls in England
Good morning to everyone :)
My name is Javier. Recently I became very interested in the Peerage of England. The reason is that my wife is a big maniac on the topic and I want to surprise her for her birthday in the end of February. I want to prepare a Birthday Card with wishes from all the currently alive Earls and Countesses in England, since this is her favourite title (I know it is a very ambitious objective, but I want to try to do it.). I was trying to find some information about the currently alive Earls and Countesses in each county in England. Unfortunatelly I'm not able to discover any records or other relevant source on the topic. I spent the last 2 weeks trying to find something, but apart from the data for some of the most famous counties (Suffolk for instance) there is no other reliable information I could find. I would be really grateful if someone could help me out with this!
I appologize in case the topic in not in the correct section. I'm a newbie in the forum.
Best wishes to everyone!
Wow, that's a massive task you've set yourself...
There are so many I don't think you can fit them all on one card...
List of earls - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
List of earldoms - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I will try and let's see what will happen :)
Currently the first task is to find a list with the names and the county of the currently alive earls and countesses. I know these from Wikipedia, but since most of them are not alive even if try to get a wish....it wouldn't be feasible :)
What you also need to remember is that often an Earl will have a more senior title e.g. The Earl of St Andrews is better known as The Duke of Kent (and his son uses the Earl of St Andrews title as a courtesy title to indicate that he is the heir).
Not all Earls as directly associates with counties either but often cities or in the case of Prince Edward a place that no longer exists.
Just the royals who are earls as well as dukes:
Earl of Merioneth (Philip)
Earl of Chester (Charles)
Earl of Strathearn (William)
Earl of Inverness (Andrew)
Earl of Ulster (Richard - The Duke of Gloucester - his son uses the title)
Earl of St Andrews (Edward - The Duke of Kent - his son uses the title)
Then there is Edward:
Earl of Wessex (Edward)
Earl of Snowdon - ex-husband of Princess Margaret is another connected to the royals with an Earldom.
Earl of Harewood is also related to the royals being descended from George V through his daughter, Princess Mary.
The Wikipedia list does say whether there is a current holder of the title - and is comprehensive in that regard.
The terms it is using have meaning:
ALL the titles with the word 'extant' in the second last column tells you whether there is a current living title holder, and the final columns tells you whether or not that title is the subsidiary title of a duke or marquis.
There are currently 323 (according to my count on Wiki and I may have missed one or two or counted one of two twice but...) extant, or existing, earldoms in Britain - some English, some Scottish and some British, some peers holding multiple earldoms along with other titles while others have the earldom and maybe one other.
Thank you a lot for the detailed explanation! Something that grabbed my attention was that you have found in Wikipedia an article with around 323 currently alive earls and countesses. Or maybe you speak about the second article provided by Lee-Z, which is about the List of earldoms?
Thank you again for the info! :)
The wikipedia article Lee-Z linked to has five columns -- title, date of creation, name, status, notes.
Going down the status column the titles are identified as:
extinct - no longer existing
extant - still existing with a living title holder
forfeit - more from the middle ages when treason was a more common charge
dormant - currently not officially extinct or extant as there is a question about the line of succession - namely whether there are legitimate earlier lines to claim it
All I did was count the extants as they are the living title holders. With about 2 or 3 exceptions these are all earls as the normal practice is to only allow inheritance through the male line although there are exceptions at times. Countesses are more likely to be the wives of an Earl rather than the holder in her own right.
Hello, Javier, and welcome to the forum. You've set yourself a formidable and ambitious task for your wife's birthday; I'm sure she'll appreciate your efforts! You'll get a lot of information from many of the knowledgeable members here; enjoy yourself. You'll certainly be an expert on that level of the peerage by the time your project is complete!:lol:
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