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Viscount Wolseley, of Wolseley in the County of Stafford, was a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom created in 1885 for the Anglo-Irish military commander Garnet Wolseley, 1st Baron Wolseley. It became extinct upon the death of his daughter in 1936.

Viscountcy of Wolseley
Coronet of a British Viscount.svg
Arms of Viscount Wolseley.svg
Argent, a talbot passant gules, a mullet, for difference
Creation date28 September 1885[1]
MonarchQueen Victoria
PeeragePeerage of the United Kingdom
First holderGarnet Wolseley, 1st Baron Wolseley
Last holderFrances Garnet Wolseley, 2nd Viscountess Wolseley
Remainder toThe first Viscount's heirs male lawfully begotten, and in default of such issue male, the dignity of a Viscountess to his only daughter, and heirs male of her body lawfully begotten.[1]
Subsidiary titlesBaron Wolseley
Extinction date24 December 1936
Former seat(s)Mount Wolseley
MottoHomo homini lupus ("Man is wolf to man")[1]
Garnet Wolseley,
1st Viscount Wolseley


The Wolseleys were an ancient landed family in Wolseley, Staffordshire, whose roots can be traced back a thousand years, before becoming prominent in Ireland.[2] Two baronetcies were created for Wolseley family, one in the Baronetage of England and one in the Baronetage of Ireland. Viscount Wolseley's paternal grandfather was Rev. William Wolseley, Rector of Tullycorbet, and the third son of Sir Richard Wolseley, 1st Baronet, who sat in the Irish House of Commons for Carlow.[3] The family seat was Mount Wolseley in County Carlow.[4]

Wolseley had already been created Baron Wolseley, of Cairo and of Wolseley in the County of Stafford, on 25 November 1882, with normal remainder to the heirs male of his body.[5] He was created a viscount in 1885, with remainder, in default of male issue, to his daughter and only child Frances, and the heirs male of her body.[6][7]

Wolseley rose to the position of Field Marshal, the highest executive position in the British Army, then Commander-in-Chief of the Forces for a period of six years from 1895.


On Lord Wolseley's death the barony became extinct and he was succeeded in the viscountcy, according to the special remainder, by his daughter, Frances, author of Gardens – Their Form and Design (1919). Viscountess Wolseley never married and upon her death in 1936 the viscountcy became extinct.[8]

Barons Wolseley (1882)Edit

Viscounts Wolseley (1885)Edit


  1. ^ a b c Fox-Davies, Arthur Charles (1895). Armorial Families: A Complete Peerage, Baronetage, and Knightage. Jack. p. 1053. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Death of Lord Wolseley". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 26 March 1913. p. 7.
  3. ^ Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage. Burke's Peerage Limited. 1885. p. 1425. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  4. ^ Complete Baronetage: Great Britain and Ireland, 1707-1800, and Jacobite, 1688-1788. W. Pollard & Company, Limited. 1906. pp. 356–357. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  5. ^ "No. 25170". The London Gazette. 21 November 1882. p. 5195.
  6. ^ "No. 25514". The London Gazette. 25 September 1885. p. 4515.
  7. ^ Cokayne, George Edward (1898). Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct, Or Dormant. G. Bell & sons. p. 195. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Viscountess Wolseley". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 28 December 1936. p. 12.