List of viscounts in the peerages of Britain and Ireland

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This is a list of the 111 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.

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.

Viscounts of England[edit]

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

Viscounts of Scotland[edit]

Number Title Date of creation Arms Current holder Notes
1 The Viscount Falkland (1620) Arms of the Carey family of Chilton Foliat.png Lucius Cary, 15th Viscount Falkland
2 The Viscount of Arbuthnott (1641) Arms Viscount of Arbuthnott (shield).svg Keith Arbuthnott, 17th Viscount of Arbuthnott
3 The Viscount of Oxfuird (1651) Viscount of Oxfuird arms.svg Ian Makgill, 14th Viscount of Oxfuird

Viscounts of Great Britain[edit]

Number Title Date of creation Arms Current holder Notes
1 The Viscount Bolingbroke (1712) St. John arms.svg Nicholas St John, 9th Viscount Bolingbroke Also Viscount St John in the Peerage of Great Britain (1716) – see below
The Viscount St John (1716) St. John arms.svg Nicholas St John, 10th Viscount St John Also Viscount Bolingbroke in the Peerage of Great Britain (1712) – see above
2 The Viscount Cobham (1718) Lyttelton arms.svg Christopher Charles Lyttelton, 12th Viscount Cobham
3 The Viscount Falmouth (1720) COA of Boscawen, Earls of Falmouth.svg Evelyn Boscawen, 10th Viscount Falmouth
4 The Viscount Torrington (1721) COA Byng, Viscount Torrington.svg Timothy Byng, 11th Viscount Torrington
5 The Viscount Hood (1796) Hood Escutcheon.png Henry Hood, 8th Viscount Hood

Viscounts of Ireland[edit]

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)
    • Richard Southwell, 8th 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 Kingdom[edit]

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)
    • Peter Curzon, 4th Viscount Scarsdale
  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)
    • Nicolas Davidson, 4th 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 Camrose (1941)
    • Jonathan Berry, 5th Viscount Camrose
  50. The Viscount Stansgate (1942)
  51. The Viscount Margesson (1942)
    • Richard Margesson, 3rd Viscount Margesson
  52. The Viscount Daventry (1943)
    • James FitzRoy Newdegate, 4th Viscount Daventry
  53. The Viscount Addison (1945)
  54. The Viscount Kemsley (1945)
  55. The Viscount Marchwood (1945)
    • David Penny, 3rd Viscount Marchwood
  56. The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein (1946)
    • Henry Montgomery, 3rd Viscount Montgomery of Alamein
  57. The Viscount Waverley (1952)
  58. The Viscount Thurso (1952)
  59. The Viscount Brookeborough (1952)
  60. The Viscount Norwich (1952)
    • Jason Cooper, 3rd Viscount Norwich
  61. The Viscount Leathers (1954)
    • Christopher Leathers, 3rd Viscount Leathers
  62. The Viscount Soulbury (1954)
    • Oliver Ramsbotham, 4th Viscount Soulbury
  63. The Viscount Chandos (1954)
  64. The Viscount Malvern (1955)
    • Ashley Huggins, 3rd Viscount Malvern
  65. The Viscount De L'Isle (1956)
  66. The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley (1957)
  67. The Viscount Tenby (1957)
  68. The Viscount Mackintosh of Halifax (1957)
  69. The Viscount Dunrossil (1959)
    • Andrew Morrison, 3rd Viscount Dunrossil
  70. The Viscount Stuart of Findhorn (1959)
    • James Stuart, 3rd Viscount Stuart of Findhorn
  71. The Viscount Rochdale (1960)
    • Jonathan Kemp, 3rd Viscount Rochdale
  72. The Viscount Slim (1960)
    • Mark Slim, 3rd Viscount Slim
  73. The Viscount Head (1960)
    • Richard Head, 2nd Viscount Head
  74. The Viscount Boyd of Merton (1960)
  75. The Viscount Mills (1962)
    • Christopher Mills, 3rd Viscount Mills
  76. The Viscount Blakenham (1963)
    • Casper John Hare, 3nd Viscount Blakenham
  77. The Viscount Eccles (1964)
  78. The Viscount Dilhorne (1964)
    • James Manningham-Buller, 3rd Viscount Dilhorne

List of heirs of Viscounts in the peerages of the British Isles[edit]

Heirs apparent[edit]

  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. Oliver Vesey, eldest son of the Viscount de Vesci
  18. Hon. James Hewitt, eldest son of the Viscount Lifford
  19. Hon. Nathaniel St Leger, eldest son of the Viscount Doneraile
  20. Hon. Patrick Pomeroy, eldest son of the Viscount Harberton
  21. Hon. Varian Maude, eldest son of the Viscount Hawarden
  22. Hon. James Jervis, eldest son of the Viscount St Vincent
  23. Hon. John Addington, eldest son of the Viscount Sidmouth
  24. Hon. Robert Vereker, eldest son of the Viscount Gort
  25. Hon. Edward Pellew, eldest son of the Viscount Exmouth
  26. Hon. Laszlo Stapleton-Cotton, eldest son of the Viscount Combermere
  27. Hon. Michael Clegg-Hill, eldest son of the Viscount Hill
  28. Hon. Peregrine Hood, eldest son of the Viscount Bridport
  29. Hon. Luke Portman, eldest son of the Viscount Portman
  30. Hon. Lucian Brant, eldest son of the Viscount Hampden
  31. Hon. Henry Holland-Hibbert, eldest son of the Viscount Knutsford
  32. Hon. Matthew Brett, eldest son of the Viscount Esher
  33. Hon. Alexander Goschen, eldest son of the Viscount Goschen
  34. Hon. Matthew Ridley, eldest son of the Viscount Ridley
  35. Hon. Patrick Knollys, eldest son of the Viscount Knollys
  36. Hon. Wentworth Beaumont, eldest son of the Viscount Allendale
  37. Hon. Oliver Akers-Douglas, eldest son of the Viscount Chilston
  38. Hon. Peregrine Pearson, eldest son of the Viscount Cowdray
  39. Hon. William Astor, eldest son of the Viscount Astor
  40. Hon. Richard Harmsworth, eldest son of the Viscount Rothermere
  41. Hon. Harry Allenby, eldest son of the Viscount Allenby
  42. Hon. Frederic Thesiger, eldest son of the Viscount Chelmsford
  43. Hon. Benjamin Lowther, eldest son of the Viscount Ullswater
  44. Hon. Alexander Younger, eldest son of the Viscount Younger of Leckie
  45. Hon. Harry Samuel, eldest son of the Viscount Bearsted
  46. Hon. Luke Bridgeman, eldest son of the Viscount Bridgeman
  47. Hon. Quintin Hogg, eldest son of the Viscount Hailsham
  48. Hon. Paul Joynson-Hicks, eldest son of the Viscount Brentford
  49. Hon. Andrew Buckmaster, eldest son of the Viscount Buckmaster
  50. Hon. Benjamin Bathurst, eldest son of the Viscount Bledisloe
  51. Hon. Alexander Trenchard, eldest son of the Viscount Trenchard
  52. Hon. Thomas Runciman, eldest son of the Viscount Runciman of Doxford
  53. Hon. James Weir, eldest son of the Viscount Weir
  54. Hon. Thomas Inskip, eldest son of the Viscount Caldecote
  55. Hon. Hugo Berry, eldest son of the Viscount Camrose
  56. Hon. Daniel Wedgwood-Benn, eldest son of the Viscount Stansgate
  57. Hon. Humphrey FitzRoy Newdegate, eldest son of the Viscount Daventry
  58. Hon. Paul Addison, eldest son of the Viscount Addison
  59. Hon. Luke Berry, eldest son of the Viscount Kemsley
  60. Hon. Pete Penny, eldest son of the Viscount Marchwood
  61. Hon. Forbes Anderson, eldest son of the Viscount Waverley
  62. Hon. James Sinclair, eldest son of the Viscount Thurso
  63. Hon. James Leathers, eldest son of the Viscount Leathers
  64. Hon. Herwald Ramsbotham, eldest son of the Viscount Soulbury
  65. Hon. Oliver Lyttleton, eldest son of the Viscount Chandos
  66. Hon. Philip Sidney, eldest son of the Viscount De L'Isle
  67. Hon. Timothy Lloyd George, eldest son of the Viscount Tenby
  68. Hon. Thomas Mackintosh, eldest son of the Viscount Mackintosh of Halifax
  69. Hon. Callum Morrison, eldest son of the Viscount Dunrossil
  70. Hon. Rufus Slim, eldest son of the Viscount Slim
  71. Hon. Henry Head, eldest son of the Viscount Head
  72. Hon. Benjamin Lennox-Boyd, eldest son of the Viscount Boyd of Merton
  73. Hon. William Eccles, eldest son of the Viscount Eccles
  74. Hon. Edward Manningham-Buller, eldest son of the Viscount Dilhorne
  75. Hon. Francis Charles Robert Dillon, eldest son of the Viscount Dillon

Heirs presumptive[edit]

  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. Rupert Dawney, cousin of the Viscount Downe
  5. Hon. William Molesworth, brother of the Viscount Molesworth
  6. Hon. Guy Wingfield, uncle of the Viscount Powerscourt
  7. Hon. Charles Southwell, brother of the Viscount Southwell
  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 heirs[edit]

Viscount Davidson, Viscount Gough, Viscount Long, Viscount Craigavon, Viscount Margesson, Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, Viscount Mills, and Viscount Norwich.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Current Viscount has life peerage Baron Hailsham of Kettlethorpe
  2. ^ Current Viscount has life peerage Baron Lyttleton of Aldershot