Earl of Huntingdon

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Coat of arms of the current Earl of Huntingdon
Henry Hastings, 3rd Earl of Huntingdon

Earl of Huntingdon is a hereditary British title of nobility awarded seven times in the Peerage of England . It is named after the town of Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire , East Anglia .


First award

The first title holder was Waltheof , the Anglo-Saxon Earl of Northumbria . He was since 1065 holder of the Honor of Huntingdon and thus ruler of Huntingdonshire . King William I gave him the titles of Earl of Huntingdon and Earl of Northampton in 1072 . As part of the uprising of the counts , he lost Northumbria in 1075. The title of Earl of Huntingdon de iure uxoris was confirmed to the first and second spouses of his eldest daughter Maud, Simon I de Senlis and King David I of Scotland around 1080 and 1111 respectively , and changed between the two descendants several times until he died in 1237 went out at the death of John of Scotland .

Second to sixth awards

On March 16, 1337 the title was bestowed on William de Clinton, 1st Baron Clinton , who had already been raised to Baron Clinton in 1330 , and expired on his death on August 31, 1354.

On July 16, 1377, the title of Life Peerage for Guichard d'Angle was recreated and expired on his death in March 1380.

On June 2, 1387, the title was awarded to John Holland , who was also raised to Duke of Exeter in 1397 . The title was withdrawn from him in 1400 for high treason, restored to his son in 1417 and finally withdrawn from his grandson in 1461 for high treason.

On August 14, 1471, the title was reassigned to Thomas Gray . In 1475 he renounced the earldom in favor of the crown and was instead awarded the title of Marquess of Dorset , in 1483 he also inherited the title of Baron Ferrers of Groby .

On July 4, 1479, the title for William Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke was re-created, who renounced his title Earl of Pembroke , and expired on his death on July 16, 1491.

Seventh award

Most recently the title was bestowed on December 8, 1529 for George Hastings, 2nd Baron Hastings (of Hungerford) . Already in 1506 he had the titles 3rd Baron Hastings (of Hastings) (1461) and 2nd Baron Hastings of Hungerford (1482) from his father and around 1530 the titles 6th Baron Botreaux , 6th Baron Hungerford and 4. Inherited from Baron de Moleyns .

With the childless death of his descendant of the 10th Earl on October 2, 1789, the baronies fell to his sister. The earl title can only be inherited in the male line and was initially dormant, as no legitimate relative effectively asserted his claim to the title. It was not until 1818/19 that his distant relative Hans Francis Hastings succeeded in being confirmed as 12th Earl, and his uncle, who died in 1804, was retrospectively confirmed as de iure 11th Earl. Today's title holder has been Hans' great-great-great-grandson William Hastings-Bass as 17th Earl since 1990 .

Although the Earls have not held any subordinate titles since 1789, the eldest son of the respective Earl use the invented courtesy title of Viscount Hastings as title heir ( Heir apparent ) in order to avoid confusion with the existing title Baron Hastings .

The Earls' family seat is Hodcott House in West Ilsley near Newbury in Berkshire .

List of the Earls of Huntingdon

Earls of Huntingdon, first bestowal (1072)

Earls of Huntingdon, second bestowal (1337)

Earls of Huntingdon, third bestowal (1377)

Earls of Huntingdon, fourth bestowal (1387)

Earls of Huntingdon, fifth bestowal (1471)

Earls of Huntingdon, sixth bestowal (1479)

Earls of Huntingdon, seventh bestowal (1529)

Probable title heir ( Heir Presumptive ) is the younger brother of the current Earl, the Hon. Simon Hastings-Bass (* 1950).


In fiction , Robin Hood is sometimes referred to as Robert, Earl of Huntingdon.

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