Earls of Ormonde (c.1445)


1st Earl of Ormonde, Hugh Douglas, b.?, a.c.1445, d.1455


Younger brother of William Douglas, 8th Earl of Douglas. When the Douglases were at the height of their power, the whole family were ennobled, and he was given extensive estates all over the country. When his brother was murdered by King James II, Ormonde led the Douglas Rebellion, but was captured after the Battle of Arkinholm and executed for treason, his titles forfeit.



Marquess of Ormonde (1476)


1st Marquess of Ormonde, James Stewart, b.1476, a.1476, d.1504


Son of King James III and Queen Margaret of Denmark. He was given this title at his baptism, and in 1488 was created Duke of Ross, Earl of Ardmannoch and Lord of Brechin & Navar. He was Archbishop of St Andrews in 1497, though never consecreatesd, and Lord Chancellor in 1502. His titles became extinct at his death.



Marquess of Ormonde (1603)


1st Marquess of Ormonde, Charles Stuart, b.1600, a.1603, d.1649


Son of King James VI and Queen Anne of Denmark. As younger brother to the heir to the throne, he was created Duke of Albany, Marquess of Ormonde, Earl of Ross and Lord Ardmannoch at his baptism. In 1605, he was also created Duke of York in the Peerage of England. When his older brother died, he became heir, and was also made Duke of Rothesay and Duke of Cornwall. He was crowned King in 1626.



Earls of Ormonde (1651)


1st Earl of Ormond, Archibald Douglas, b.c.1609, a.1651, d.1655


He was heir to William Douglas, 1st Marquess of Douglas (for whom see the earls of Angus). Archibald died before his father, and the Angus titles were inherited by his oldest son, James Douglas. Although it was never officially recognised by the state, the title of Earl of Ormonde was assumed by another son, also Archibald Douglas, who also became 1st Earl of Forfar. Both titles became extinct at the death of the next holder.



This title has also been created several times in the Peerage of Ireland.


(Last updated: 02/09/2009)