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Earl of Stockton is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created on 24 February 1984 for Harold Macmillan,[1] the former Conservative Prime Minister, just under three years before his death. He was also made Viscount Macmillan of Ovenden, of Chelwood Gate in the County of East Sussex and of Stockton-on-Tees in the County of Cleveland, at the same time, also in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. This title is used as the courtesy title by the Earl's heir apparent.

Earldom of Stockton
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Arms of the Earl of Stockton
Arms: Argent, a Chief Or, overall, between three open Books proper, edged Or, and bound Azure, those in chief inscribed respectively in the letters Sab'e "MISERES" and "DISCERE" and that in the base also in letters Sable "SUCCO", and three Mullets, one and two Azure, a Lion rampant Sable. Crest: Within Sprigs of Oak proper, fructed Or, a dexter Cubit Arm and a sinister Arm embowed proper, the dexter hand gauntleted Or, and together with the other, brandishing a two-handed Sword proper, hilt and quillions Or. Supporters: Dexter, A Lion Gules. Sinister, an American Bald Eagle proper. Compartment: a crenelated Wall proper, in the portal thereof an Anchor Azure, and joined on either side by two Bars wavy Azure, to a Grassy-Mount, growing from that on the dexter a Long Branch, and from that on the sinister a Thisle, all proper.
Creation date24 February 1984
MonarchElizabeth II
PeeragePeerage of the United Kingdom
First holderHarold Macmillan
Present holderAlexander Macmillan, 2nd Earl of Stockton
Heir apparentDaniel Macmillan, Viscount Macmillan of Ovenden
Remainder tothe 1st Earl's heirs male of the body lawfully begotten
Subsidiary titlesViscount Macmillan of Ovenden
StatusExtant
MottoMISERES DISCERE SUCCO
(He laments, I learn the point)

As of 2016 the titles are held by Lord Stockton's grandson, the second Earl, who succeeded in 1986 on his grandfather's death. He is the son of Maurice Macmillan, Viscount Macmillan of Ovenden, only son of the first Earl, who died in 1984 and was outlived by the first Earl.

The earldom of Stockton and viscountcy of Macmillan of Ovenden were the most recent hereditary peerages created for someone other than a member of the royal family, and they are the only surviving non-royal hereditary peerages created since 1965.

The family seat was Birch Grove, near Chelwood Gate, East Sussex.

Earls of Stockton (1984)Edit

Line of successionEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "No. 49660". The London Gazette. 29 February 1984. p. 2951.

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