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List of viscounts in the peerages of Britain and Ireland

This is a list of the 112 present and extant Viscounts in the Peerages of England, Scotland, Great Britain, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Note that it does not include extant viscountcies which have become merged (either through marriage or elevation) with higher peerages and are today in use only as subsidiary titles. For a more complete list, which adds these "hidden" viscounties as well as extinct, dormant, abeyant, and forfeit ones, see List of Viscountcies.

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The general order of precedence among Viscounts is:

  1. Viscounts of England
  2. Viscounts of Scotland
  3. Viscounts of Great Britain
  4. Viscounts of Ireland
  5. Viscounts of the United Kingdom

However, the viscountcies of Ireland which were created after the Acts of Union 1800 yield precedence to older United Kingdom viscountcies; one of these post-Union Irish viscountcies is older than any viscountcy of the United Kingdom, one other remains as a viscountcy, two are extinct, and one is now a subordinate title.

Contents

Viscounts of EnglandEdit

Number Title Date of creation Arms Current holder Notes
1 The Viscount Hereford (1550)   Robin Devereux, 19th Viscount Hereford

Viscounts of ScotlandEdit

Viscounts of Great BritainEdit

Number Title Date of creation Arms Current holder Notes
1 The Viscount Bolingbroke (1712)   Nicholas St John, 9th Viscount Bolingbroke Also Viscount St John in the Peerage of Great Britain (1716) – see below
The Viscount St John (1716)   Nicholas St John, 9th Viscount Bolingbroke Also Viscount Bolingbroke in the Peerage of Great Britain (1712) – see above
2 The Viscount Cobham (1718)   Christopher Charles Lyttelton, 12th Viscount Cobham
3 The Viscount Falmouth (1720)   George Boscawen, 9th Viscount Falmouth
4 The Viscount Torrington (1721)   Timothy Byng, 11th Viscount Torrington
5 The Viscount Hood (1796) Henry Hood, 8th Viscount Hood

Viscounts of IrelandEdit

As it was created in 1816, after the Act of Union of 1801, the Gort Viscountcy yields precedence to older Viscounties of the United Kingdom
  1. The Viscount Gormanston (1478)
  2. The Viscount Mountgarret (1550)
    • Piers Butler, 18th Viscount Mountgarret
  3. The Viscount Valentia (1622)
    • Francis Annesley, 16th Viscount Valentia
  4. The Viscount Dillon (1622)
    • Henry Dillon, 22nd Viscount Dillon
  5. The Viscount Massereene (1660) and Ferrard (1797)
  6. The Viscount Charlemont (1665)
    • John Caulfeild, 15th Viscount Charlemont
  7. The Viscount Downe (1680)
    • Richard Dawnay, 12th Viscount Downe
  8. The Viscount Molesworth (1716)
    • Robert Molesworth, 12th Viscount Molesworth
  9. The Viscount Chetwynd (1717)
    • Adam Chetwynd, 11th Viscount Chetwynd
  10. The Viscount Midleton (1717)
    • Alan Brodrick, 12th Viscount Midleton
  11. The Viscount Boyne (1717)
    • Gustavus Hamilton-Russell, 11th Viscount Boyne
  12. The Viscount Gage (1720)
  13. The Viscount Galway (1727)
  14. The Viscount Powerscourt (1744)
    • Mervyn Wingfield, 11th Viscount Powerscourt
  15. The Viscount Ashbrook (1751)
    • Michael Flower, 11th Viscount Ashbrook
  16. The Viscount Southwell (1776)
    • Pyers Southwell, 7th Viscount Southwell
  17. The Viscount de Vesci (1776)
    • Thomas Vesey, 7th Viscount de Vesci
  18. The Viscount Lifford (1781)
    • Edward Hewitt, 9th Viscount Lifford
  19. The Viscount Bangor (1781)
    • William Ward, 8th Viscount Bangor
  20. The Viscount Doneraile (1785)
    • Richard St Leger, 10th Viscount Doneraile
  21. The Viscount Harberton (1791)
    • Henry Pomeroy, 11th Viscount Harberton
  22. The Viscount Hawarden (1793)
    • Robert Maude, 9th Viscount Hawarden
  23. The Viscount Monck (January 1801)
    • Charles Monck, 7th Viscount Monck
  24. The Viscount Gort (1816)
    • Foley Vereker, 9th Viscount Gort

The Viscount Monck, promoted in the first week of January 1801, does not fall under the restrictions of the Act of Union, and is earlier than all United Kingdom peerages.

Viscounts of the United KingdomEdit

Precedence of Irish Viscounties shown in italics
  1. The Viscount St Vincent (1801)
    • Edward Jervis, 8th Viscount St Vincent
  2. The Viscount Melville (1802)
    • Robert Dundas, 10th Viscount Melville
  3. The Viscount Sidmouth (1805)
    • Jeremy Addington, 8th Viscount Sidmouth
    The Viscount Gort (Ireland)
  4. The Viscount Exmouth (1816)
  5. The Viscount Combermere (1827)
    • Thomas Stapleton-Cotton, 6th Viscount Combermere
  6. The Viscount Hill (1842)
    • David Clegg-Hill, 9th Viscount Hill
  7. The Viscount Hardinge (1846)
    • Andrew Hardinge, 7th Viscount Hardinge
  8. The Viscount Gough (1849)
  9. The Viscount Bridport (1868)
  10. The Viscount Portman (1873)
  11. The Viscount Hampden (1884)
    • Francis Brand, 7th Viscount Hampden
  12. The Viscount Hambleden (1891)
  13. The Viscount Knutsford (1895)
    • Michael Holland-Hibbert, 6th Viscount Knutsford
  14. The Viscount Esher (1897)
    • Christopher Brett, 5th Viscount Esher
  15. The Viscount Goschen (1900)
  16. The Viscount Ridley (1900)
  17. The Viscount Colville of Culross (1902)
  18. The Viscount Selby (1905)
    • Christopher Gully, 6th Viscount Selby
  19. The Viscount Knollys (1911)
    • David Knollys, 3rd Viscount Knollys
  20. The Viscount Allendale (1911)
    • Wentworth Beaumont, 4th Viscount Allendale
  21. The Viscount Chilston (1911)
    • Alastair Akers-Douglas, 4th Viscount Chilston
  22. The Viscount Scarsdale (1911)
  23. The Viscount Mersey (1916)
    • Edward Bigham, 5th Viscount Mersey
  24. The Viscount Cowdray (1917)
  25. The Viscount Devonport (1917)
  26. The Viscount Astor (1917)
  27. The Viscount Wimborne (1918)
  28. The Viscount St Davids (1918)
  29. The Viscount Rothermere (1919)
  30. The Viscount Allenby (1919)
    • Henry Allenby, 4th Viscount Allenby
  31. The Viscount Chelmsford (1921)
    • Frederic Thesiger, 4th Viscount Chelmsford
  32. The Viscount Long (1921)
    • James Long, 5th Viscount Long
  33. The Viscount Ullswater (1921)
  34. The Viscount Younger of Leckie (1923)
  35. The Viscount Bearsted (1925)
    • Nicholas Samuel, 5th Viscount Bearsted
  36. The Viscount Craigavon (1927)
  37. The Viscount Bridgeman (1929)
  38. The Viscount Hailsham (1929)
  39. The Viscount Brentford (1929)
    • Crispin Joynson-Hicks, 4th Viscount Brentford
  40. The Viscount Buckmaster (1932)
  41. The Viscount Bledisloe (1935)
    • Rupert Bathurst, 4th Viscount Bledisloe
  42. The Viscount Hanworth (1936)
  43. The Viscount Trenchard (1936)
  44. The Viscount Samuel (1937)
  45. The Viscount Runciman of Doxford (1937)
  46. The Viscount Davidson (1937)
    • Malcolm Davidson, 3rd Viscount Davidson
  47. The Viscount Weir (1938)
    • William Weir, 3rd Viscount Weir
  48. The Viscount Caldecote (1939)
    • Piers Inskip, 3rd Viscount Caldecote
  49. The Viscount Simon (1940)
  50. The Viscount Camrose (1941)
    • Jonathan Berry, 5th Viscount Camrose
  51. The Viscount Stansgate (1942)
  52. The Viscount Margesson (1942)
    • Richard Margesson, 3rd Viscount Margesson
  53. The Viscount Daventry (1943)
    • James FitzRoy Newdegate, 4th Viscount Daventry
  54. The Viscount Addison (1945)
  55. The Viscount Kemsley (1945)
  56. The Viscount Marchwood (1945)
    • David Penny, 3rd Viscount Marchwood
  57. The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein (1946)
  58. The Viscount Waverley (1952)
  59. The Viscount Thurso (1952)
  60. The Viscount Brookeborough (1952)
  61. The Viscount Norwich (1952)
    • Jason Cooper, 3rd Viscount Norwich
  62. The Viscount Leathers (1954)
    • Christopher Leathers, 3rd Viscount Leathers
  63. The Viscount Soulbury (1954)
    • Oliver Ramsbotham, 4th Viscount Soulbury
  64. The Viscount Chandos (1954)
  65. The Viscount Malvern (1955)
    • Ashley Huggins, 3rd Viscount Malvern
  66. The Viscount De L'Isle (1956)
  67. The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley (1957)
  68. The Viscount Tenby (1957)
  69. The Viscount Mackintosh of Halifax (1957)
  70. The Viscount Dunrossil (1959)
    • Andrew Morrison, 3rd Viscount Dunrossil
  71. The Viscount Stuart of Findhorn (1959)
    • James Stuart, 3rd Viscount Stuart of Findhorn
  72. The Viscount Rochdale (1960)
    • Jonathan Kemp, 3rd Viscount Rochdale
  73. The Viscount Slim (1960)
    • Mark Slim, 3rd Viscount Slim
  74. The Viscount Head (1960)
    • Richard Head, 2nd Viscount Head
  75. The Viscount Boyd of Merton (1960)
  76. The Viscount Mills (1962)
    • Christopher Mills, 3rd Viscount Mills
  77. The Viscount Blakenham (1963)
    • Casper John Hare, 3nd Viscount Blakenham
  78. The Viscount Eccles (1964)
  79. The Viscount Dilhorne (1964)

List of heirs of Viscounts in the peerages of the British IslesEdit

Heirs apparentEdit

1. Hon. Henry Devereux, eldest of the Viscount Hereford

2. Hon. Lucius Cary, Master of Falkland, the eldest son of the Viscount of Falkland

3. Hon. Christopher Arbuthnott, Master of Arbuthnott, eldest son of the Viscount of Arbuthnott

4. Hon. Max Makgill, Master of Oxfuird, eldest son of the Viscount of Oxfuird

5. Hon Oliver Lyttelton, eldest son of the Viscount Cobham

6. Hon. Evelyn Boscawen, eldest son of the Viscount Falmouth

7. Hon. Archibald Hood, eldest son of the Viscount Hood

8. Hon. Theo Butler, eldest son of the Viscount Mountgarret

9. Hon. Charles Skeffington, eldest son of the Viscount Massereene

10. Hon. Shane Caulfeild, eldest son of the Viscount Charlemont

11. Hon. Connor Chetwynd, eldest son of the Viscount Chetwynd

12. Hon. Ashley Midleton, eldest son of the Viscount Midleton

13. Hon. Gustavus Hamilton-Russell, eldest son of the Viscount Boyne

14. Hon. Henry Gage, eldest son of the Viscount Gage

15. Hon. Geoffrey Monckton-Arundell, eldest son of the Viscount Galway

16. Hon. Rowland Flower, eldest son of the Viscount Ashbrook

17. Hon. Richard Southwell, eldest son of the Viscount Southwell

18. Hon. Oliver Vesey, eldest son of the Viscount de Vesci

19. Hon. James Hewitt, eldest son of the Viscount Lifford

20. Hon. Nathaniel St Leger, eldest son of the Viscount Doneraile

21. Hon. Patrick Pomeroy, eldest son of the Viscount Harberton

22. Hon. Varian Maude, eldest son of the Viscount Hawarden

23. Hon. James Jervis, eldest son of the Viscount St Vincent

24. Hon. John Addington, eldest son of the Viscount Sidmouth

25. Hon. Robert Vereker, eldest son of the Viscount Gort

26. Hon. Edward Pellew, eldest son of the Viscount Exmouth

27. Hon. Laszlo Stapleton-Cotton, eldest son of the Viscount Combermere

28. Hon. Michael Clegg-Hill, eldest son of the Viscount Hill

29. Hon. Peregrine Hood, eldest son of the Viscount Bridport

30. Hon. Luke Portman, eldest son of the Viscount Portman

31. Hon. Lucian Brant, eldest son of the Viscount Hampden

32. Hon. Henry Holland-Hibbert, eldest son of the Viscount Knutsford

33. Hon. Matthew Brett, eldest son of the Viscount Esher

34. Hon. Alexander Goschen, eldest son of the Viscount Goschen

35. Hon. Matthew Ridley, eldest son of the Viscount Ridley

36. Hon. Patrick Knollys, eldest son of the Viscount Knollys

37. Hon. Wentworth Beaumont, eldest son of the Viscount Allendale

38. Hon. Oliver Akers-Douglas, eldest son of the Viscount Chilston

39. Hon. Peregrine Pearson, eldest son of the Viscount Cowdray

40. Hon. William Astor, eldest son of the Viscount Astor

41. Hon. Richard Harmsworth, eldest son of the Viscount Rothermere

42. Hon. Harry Allenby, eldest son of the Viscount Allenby

43. Hon. Frederic Thesiger, eldest son of the Viscount Chelmsford

45. Hon. Benjamin Lowther, eldest son of the Viscount Ullswater

46. Hon. Alexander Younger, eldest son of the Viscount Younger of Leckie

47. Hon. Harry Samuel, eldest son of the Viscount Bearsted

48. Hon. Luke Bridgeman, eldest son of the Viscount Bridgeman

49. Hon. Quintin Hogg, eldest son of the Viscount Hailsham

50. Hon. Paul Joynson-Hicks, eldest son of the Viscount Brentford

51. Hon. Andrew Buckmaster, eldest son of the Viscount Buckmaster

52. Hon. Benjamin Bathurst, eldest son of the Viscount Bledisloe

53. Hon. Alexander Trenchard, eldest son of the Viscount Trenchard

54. Hon. David Runciman, eldest son of the Viscount Runciman of Doxford

55. Hon. John Davidson, eldest son of the Viscount Davidson

56. Hon. James Weir, eldest son of the Viscount Weir

57. Hon. Thomas Inskip, eldest son of the Viscount Caldecote

58. Hon. Hugo Berry, eldest son of the Viscount Camrose

59. Hon. Daniel Wedgwood-Benn, eldest son of the Viscount Stansgate

60. Hon. Humphrey FitzRoy Newdegate, eldest son of the Viscount Daventry

61. Hon. Paul Addison, eldest son of the Viscount Addison

62. Hon. Luke Berry, eldest son of the Viscount Kemsley

63. Hon. Pete Penny, eldest son of the Viscount Marchwood

64. Hon. Henry Montgomery, eldest son of the Viscount Montgomery of Alamein

65. Hon. Forbes Anderson, eldest son of the Viscount Waverley

66. Hon. James Sinclair, eldest son of the Viscount Thurso

67. Hon. James Leathers, eldest son of the Viscount Leathers

68. Hon. Herwald Ramsbotham, eldest son of the Viscount Soulbury

69. Hon. Oliver Lyttalton, eldest son of the Viscount Chandos

70. Hon. Philip Sidney, eldest son of the Viscount De L'Isle

71. Hon. Timothy Lloyd George, eldest son of the Viscount Tenby

72. Hon. Thomas Mackintosh, eldest son of the Viscount Mackintosh of Halifax

73. Hon. Callum Morrison, eldest son of the Viscount Dunrossil

74. Hon. Rufus Slim, eldest son of the Viscount Slim

75. Hon. Henry Head, eldest son of the Viscount Head

76. Hon. Benjamin Lennox-Boyd, eldest son of the Viscount Boyd of Merton

77. Hon. William Eccles, eldest son of the Viscount Eccles

78. Hon. James Manningham-Buller, eldest son of the Viscount Dilhorne


Heirs presumptiveEdit

  1. Walter St John, second cousin twice removed of the Viscount Bolingbroke and St John
  2. Colin Cranmer-Byng, fifth cousin of the Viscount Torrington
  3. Hon. Peter Annesley, brother of the Viscount Valentia
  4. Thomas Dillon, first cousin of the Viscount Dillon
  5. Rupert Dawney, cousin of the Viscount Downe
  6. Hon. William Molesworth, brother of the Viscount Molesworth
  7. Hon. Guy Wingfield, uncle of the Viscount Powerscourt
  8. Hon. Edward Ward, half-brother of the Viscount Bangor
  9. Hon. George Monck, brother of the Viscount Monck
  10. Hon. James Dundas, brother of the Viscount Melville
  11. Hon. Jamie Hardinge, brother of the Viscount Hardinge
  12. Hon. Bernardo Smith, brother of the Viscount Hambleden
  13. Hon. Richmond Colville, brother of the Viscount Colville of Culross
  14. Hon. James Gully, great-uncle of the Viscount Selby
  15. Hon. David Curzon, brother of the Viscount Scarsdale
  16. Hon. David Bigham, uncle of the viscount Mersey
  17. Chester Kearley, first cousin of the Viscount Devonport
  18. Hon. Julian Guest, uncle of the Viscount Wimborne
  19. Hon. Roland Philipps, brother of the Viscount St Davids
  20. Harold Pollock, nephew of the Viscount Hanworth
  21. Hon. Benjamin Samuel, half-brother of the Viscount Samuel
  22. Hon. Christopher Brooke, brother of the Viscount Brookeborough
  23. Hon. Martin Huggins, uncle of the Viscount Malvern
  24. Hon. Timothy Monckton, brother of the Viscount Monckton of Brenchley
  25. Hon. Andrew Stuart, half-brother of the Viscount Stuart of Findhorn
  26. George Kemp, nephew of the Viscount Rochdale

Viscounts without heirsEdit

Viscount Gough, Viscount Long, Viscount Craigavon, Viscount Simon, Viscount Margesson, Viscount Mills, and Viscount Norwich.

See alsoEdit