Viscount Sidmouth, of Sidmouth in the County of Devon, is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created on 12 January 1805 for the former prime minister, Henry Addington.[2] In May 1804, King George III intended to confer the titles of Earl of Banbury, Viscount Wallingford and Baron Reading on Addington (an earldom was the customary retirement honour for a former prime minister). However, Addington refused the honour and chose to remain in the House of Commons until 1805, when he joined William Pitt the Younger's government as Lord President of the Council with the lesser title of Viscount Sidmouth. His grandson, the third viscount, briefly represented Devizes in Parliament. The current holder of the title is the latter's great-great-grandson, the eighth viscount, who succeeded his father in 2005.

Arms of Addington (Viscount Sidmouth): Per pale ermine and ermines, a chevron charged with five lozenges counter-changed between three fleurs-de-lys or[1]
Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth, by John Singleton Copley

Anthony Addington, father of the first viscount, was a distinguished physician. Henry Unwin Addington, nephew of the first viscount, was a diplomat and civil servant.

The family seat now is Highway Manor (near Calne, Wiltshire) which was inherited in 1936.[3] The former ancestral seat was Upottery Manor, near Upottery, Devon.

Viscounts Sidmouth (1805)


The heir apparent is the present holder's son, the Hon. John Addington (b. 1990).

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  1. ^ Kidd, Charles, Debrett's Peerage & Baronetage 2015 Edition, London, 2015, p.P1132
  2. ^ "No. 15770". The London Gazette. 12 January 1805. p. 46.
  3. ^ Pugh, R.B.; Crittall, Elizabeth, eds. (1953). "Victoria County History: Wiltshire: Vol 7 pp197-198 – Parishes: Highway". British History Online. University of London. Retrieved 1 April 2017.