PEERAGE
Last updated 12/07/2014
Date Rank Order Name Born Died Age
MASSEY OF DARWEN
26 Jul 1999 B[L] 1 Doreen Elizabeth Massey 5 Sep 1938
Created Baroness Massey of Darwen for life
26 Jul 1999
MASSY
4 Aug 1776 B[I] 1 Hugh Massy 1700 30 Jan 1788 87
Created Baron Massy 4 Aug 1776
30 Jan 1788 2 Hugh Massy 14 Apr 1733 10 May 1790 57
10 May 1790 3 Hugh Massy 24 Oct 1761 20 Jun 1812 50
20 Jun 1812 4 Hugh Hamon Massy 13 Feb 1793 27 Sep 1836 43
27 Sep 1836 5 Hugh Hamon Ingoldsby Massy 14 Apr 1827 27 Feb 1874 46
27 Feb 1874 6 John Thomas William Massy 30 Aug 1835 28 Nov 1915 80
28 Nov 1915 7 Hugh Somerset John Massy 15 Feb 1864 20 Oct 1926 62
20 Oct 1926 8 Hugh Hamon Charles George Massy 13 Jul 1894 20 Mar 1958 63
For further information on this peer,see the
note at the foot of this page
20 Mar 1958 9 Hugh Hamon John Somerset Massy 11 Jun 1921 5 Aug 1995 74
5 Aug 1995 10 David Hamon Somerset Massy 4 Mar 1947
MATHERS
30 Jan 1952 B 1 George Mathers 28 Feb 1886 26 Sep 1965 79
to Created Baron Mathers 30 Jan 1952
26 Sep 1965 MP for Edinburgh West 1929-1931,
Linlithgowshire 1935-1950 and Lothian West
1950-1951. PC 1947 KT 1956
Peerage extinct on his death
MATTHEWS
22 Jul 1980 B[L] 1 Victor Collin Matthews 5 Dec 1919 5 Dec 1995 76
to Created Baron Matthews for life 22 Jul 1980
5 Dec 1995 Peerage extinct on his death
MAUDE OF STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
19 Sep 1983 B[L] 1 Angus Edmund Upton Maude 8 Sep 1912 9 Nov 1993 81
to Created Baron Maude of Stratford-upon-Avon
9 Nov 1993 for life 19 Sep 1983
MP for Ealing South 1950-1958 and Stratford-
upon-Avon 1963-1983 Paymaster General 1979-
1981 PC 1979
Peerage extinct on his death
MAUGHAM
7 Oct 1935 B[L] 1 Frederick Herbert Maugham 20 Oct 1866 23 Mar 1958 91
to Created Baron Maugham for life 7 Oct 1935
23 Mar 1958 and Viscount Maugham 22 Sep 1939
22 Sep 1939 V 1 Lord Justice of Appeal 1934. Lord of Appeal
in Ordinary 1935-1938 and 1939-1941. Lord
Chancellor 1938-1939. PC 1934
On his death the barony became extinct, and the
viscountcy passed to:-
23 Mar 1958 2 Robert Cecil Romer Maugham 17 May 1916 13 Mar 1981 64
to Peerage extinct on his death
13 Mar 1981
MAULE
3 Aug 1646 B[S] 1 Patrick Maule 29 May 1585 22 Dec 1661 76
Created Lord Maule,Brechin and Navar
and Earl of Panmure 3 Aug 1646
See "Panmure"
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6 Apr 1743 V[I] 1 William Maule 1700 4 Jan 1782 81
to Created Baron and Viscount Maule and
4 Jan 1782 Earl of Panmure 6 Apr 1743
Peerages extinct on his death
MAULEY
23 Jun 1295 B 1 Piers de Mauley 22 Jul 1249 6 Sep 1308 59
Summoned to Parliament as Lord
Mauley 23 Jun 1295
6 Sep 1308 2 Piers de Mauley 10 Mar 1281 c 1348
c 1348 3 Piers de Mauley c 1300 18 Jan 1355
18 Jan 1355 4 Piers de Mauley c 1330 19 Mar 1383
19 Mar 1383 5 Piers de Mauley c 1378 6 Sep 1415
to On his death the peerage fell into abeyance
6 Sep 1415
MAUNY
12 Nov 1347 B 1 See "Manny"
MAWHINNEY
24 Jun 2005 B[L] 1 Sir Brian Stanley Mawhinney 26 Jul 1940
Created Baron Mawhinney for life
24 Jun 2005
MP for Peterborough 1979-1997 and
Cambridgeshire NW 1997-2005. Min of State for
Northern Ireland 1990-1992. Min of State for
Health 1992-1994. Secretary of State for Transport
1994-1995. Minister without Portfolio 1995-1997
PC 1994
MAWSON
29 Mar 2007 B[L] 1 Andrew Mawson 8 Nov 1954
Created Baron Mawson for life 29 Mar 2007
MAXTON
17 Jun 2004 B[L] 1 John Alston Maxton 5 May 1936
Created Baron Maxton for life 17 Jun 2004
MP for Cathcart 1979-2001
MAXWELL
c 1443 B[S] 1 Herbert Maxwell c 1454
Created Lord Maxwell c 1443
c 1454 2 Robert Maxwell c 1485
c 1485 3 John Maxwell 9 Sep 1513
9 Sep 1513 4 Robert Maxwell c 1493 9 Jul 1546
9 Jul 1546 5 Robert Maxwell 14 Sep 1552
14 Sep 1552 6 Robert Maxwell c 1554
c 1554 7 John Maxwell 1552 7 Dec 1593 41
7 Dec 1593 8 John Maxwell 21 May 1613
21 May 1613 9 Robert Maxwell
Created Lord Maxwell,Eskdale and
Carleill and Earl of Nithsdale
20 Aug 1620
See "Nithsdale"
MAY
28 Jun 1935 B 1 Sir George Ernest May,1st baronet 20 Jun 1871 10 Apr 1946 74
Created Baron May 28 Jun 1935
10 Apr 1946 2 John Lawrence May 15 Aug 1904 9 Mar 1950 45
9 Mar 1950 3 Michael St.John May 26 Sep 1931 22 Sep 2006 74
22 Sep 2006 4 Jasper Bertram St.John May 24 Oct 1965
MAY OF OXFORD
18 Jul 2001 B[L] 1 Robert McCredie May 8 Jan 1936
Created Baron May of Oxford for life
18 Jul 2001
OM 2002
MAYBRAY-KING
2 Mar 1971 B[L] 1 Horace Maybray King 25 May 1901 3 Sep 1986 85
to Created Baron Maybray-King for life
3 Sep 1986 2 Mar 1971
MP for Test 1950-1955 and Itchen 1955-1970
Speaker of the House of Commons 1965-
1971. PC 1965
Peerage extinct on his death
MAYHEW
6 Jul 1981 B[L] 1 Christopher Paget Mayhew 12 Jun 1915 7 Jan 1997 81
to Created Baron Mayhew for life 6 Jul 1981
7 Jan 1997 MP for Norfolk South 1945-1950,Woolwich
East 1951-1974. Minister of Defence for the
Royal Navy 1964-1966
Peerage extinct on his death
MAYHEW OF TWYSDEN
12 Jun 1997 B[L] 1 Patrick Barnabas Burke Mayhew 11 Sep 1929
Created Baron Mayhew of Twysden for life
12 Jun 1997
MP for Royal Tunbridge Wells 1974-1983
and Tunbridge Wells 1983-1997. Minister of
State,Home Office 1981-1983. Solicitor
General 1983-1987. Attorney General
1987-1992. Secretary of State for Northern
Ireland 1992-1997. PC 1986
MAYNARD
30 May 1620 B[I] 1 Sir William Maynard,1st baronet by 1589 17 Dec 1640
Created Baron Maynard [I] 30 May 1620
and Baron Maynard [E] 14 Mar 1628
MP for Penrhyn 1609-1611 and Chippenham
1614. Lord Lieutenant Cambridge 1620 and
Essex 1635
17 Dec 1640 2 William Maynard 1623 3 Feb 1699 75
Lord Lieutenant Cambridge 1640-1642
3 Feb 1699 3 Banastre Maynard 1642 4 Mar 1718 75
MP for Essex 1663-1678
4 Mar 1718 4 Henry Maynard c 1673 7 Dec 1742
7 Dec 1742 5 Grey Maynard 18 Dec 1679 27 Apr 1745 65
27 Apr 1745 6 Charles Maynard c 1690 30 Jun 1775
to Created Baron Maynard and Viscount
30 Jun 1775 Maynard 28 Oct 1766
28 Oct 1766 V 1 These creations contained a special remainder,
failing heirs male of his body,to his third cousin
Sir William Maynard,4th baronet
Lord Lieutenant Suffolk 1763-1769
On his death the Baronies of 1620 and 1628
became extinct,whilst the Barony and Viscountcy
of 1766 passed to -
30 Jun 1775 2 Sir Charles Maynard,5th baronet 9 Aug 1751 10 Mar 1824 72
10 Mar 1824 3 Henry Maynard 13 Mar 1788 19 May 1865 77
to Lord Lieutenant Essex 1825-1865
19 May 1865 Peerage extinct on his death
MAYO
21 Jun 1627 V[I] 1 Theobald Bourke 18 Jun 1629
Created Viscount Mayo 21 Jun 1627
18 Jun 1629 2 Miles Bourke 1649
1649 3 Sir Theobald Bourke,1st baronet 12 Jan 1653
12 Jan 1653 4 Theobald Bourke 5 Jun 1676
5 Jun 1676 5 Miles Bourke Mar 1681
Mar 1681 6 Theobald Bourke 6 Jan 1681 25 Jun 1741 60
25 Jun 1741 7 Theobald Bourke 7 Jan 1742
7 Jan 1742 8 John Bourke 12 Jan 1767
to On his death the peerage became either
12 Jan 1767 extinct or dormant
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24 Jun 1785 E[I] 1 John Bourke 1700 3 Dec 1790 90
Created Baron Naas 1 Aug 1776,
Viscount Mayo 13 Jan 1781 and Earl of
the County of Mayo 24 Jun 1785
3 Dec 1790 2 John Bourke 1729 20 Apr 1792 62
20 Apr 1792 3 Joseph Deane Bourke c 1740 20 Aug 1794
Archbishop of Tuam 1782-1794
20 Aug 1794 4 John Bourke 18 Jun 1766 23 May 1849 82
PC [I] 1810
23 May 1849 5 Robert Bourke 12 Jan 1797 12 Aug 1867 70
12 Aug 1867 6 Richard Southwell Bourke 21 Feb 1822 8 Feb 1872 49
MP for Kildare 1847-1852, Coleraine 1852-
1857 and Cockermouth 1857-1867. Chief
Secretary for Ireland 1858-1859 and 1866-
1868. Viceroy of India 1868-1872. KP 1868
PC 1852. PC [I] 1852
For further information on this peer, see the
note at the foot of this page.
8 Feb 1872 7 Dermot Robert Wyndham Bourke 2 Jul 1851 31 Dec 1927 76
PC [I] 1900. KP 1904
31 Dec 1927 8 Walter Longley Bourke 28 Nov 1859 6 May 1939 79
6 May 1939 9 Ulick Henry Bourke 13 Mar 1890 17 Dec 1962 72
17 Dec 1962 10 Terence Patrick Bourke 26 Aug 1929 22 Sep 2006 77
22 Sep 2006 11 Charles Diarmuidh John Bourke 11 Jun 1953
MEACHER
16 Jun 2006 B[L] 1 Molly Christine Meacher 15 May 1940
Created Baroness Meacher for life
16 Jun 2006
MEATH
16 Apr 1627 E[I] 1 William Brabazon,2nd Baron Brabazon c 1580 19 Dec 1651
Created Earl of Meath 16 Apr 1627
19 Dec 1651 2 Edward Brabazon c 1610 25 Mar 1675
PC [I] 1660
25 Mar 1675 3 William Brabazon c 1635 1 Mar 1685
He was summoned to Parliament by a Writ of
Acceleration as Baron Brabazon 30 Oct 1665
PC [I] 1674
1 Mar 1685 4 Edward Brabazon c 1638 22 Feb 1708
Lord Lieutenant Dublin and Kildare PC [I] 1690
22 Feb 1708 5 Chambre Brabazon c 1645 1 Apr 1715
Lord Lieutenant Dublin 1709 PC [I] 1710
1 Apr 1715 6 Chaworth Brabazon 1686 14 May 1763 76
Lord Lieutenant Dublin and Wicklow
PC [I] 1716
He was summoned to Parliament by a Writ of
Acceleration as Baron Brabazon 9 Mar 1715
14 May 1763 7 Edward Brabazon 24 Nov 1691 24 Nov 1772 81
24 Nov 1772 8 Anthony Brabazon 17 Feb 1721 4 Jan 1790 68
4 Jan 1790 9 William Brabazon 6 Jul 1769 26 May 1797 27
26 May 1797 10 John Chambre Brabazon 9 Apr 1772 15 Mar 1851 78
Created Baron Chaworth of Eaton
Hall 10 Sep 1831
Lord Lieutenant Dublin 1831-1851
KP 1821 PC [I] 1831
15 Mar 1851 11 William Brabazon 25 Oct 1803 26 May 1887 83
MP for Dublin 1830-1832 and 1837-1841.
Lord Lieutenant Wicklow 1869-1887
PC [I] 1879
26 May 1887 12 Reginald Brabazon 31 Jul 1841 11 Oct 1929 88
Lord Lieutenant Dublin 1898-1922
PC [I] 1887 KP 1905
11 Oct 1929 13 Reginald le Normand Brabazon 24 Nov 1869 10 Mar 1949 79
10 Mar 1949 14 Anthony Windham Norman Brabazon 3 Nov 1910 19 Dec 1998 88
19 Dec 1998 15 John Anthony Brabazon 11 May 1941
MEDINA
17 Jul 1917 M 1 Louis Alexander Mountbatten 14 May 1854 11 Sep 1921 67
Created Viscount Alderney,Earl of
Medina and Marquess of Milford Haven
17 Jul 1917
See "Milford Haven"
MEDWAY
22 Aug 1892 B 1 Gathorne Gathorne-Hardy,1st Viscount 1 Oct 1814 30 Oct 1906 92
Cranbrook
Created Baron Medway and Earl of
Cranbrook 22 Aug 1892
See "Cranbrook"
MEINILL
23 Jun 1295 B 1 Nicholas Meinill 1299
Summoned to Parliament as Lord
Meinill 23 Jun 1295
1299 2 Nicholas Meinill 1276 26 Apr 1322 45
to On his death the peerage became dormant
26 Apr 1322
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22 Jan 1336 B 1 William de Meinill 1342
Summoned to Parliament as Lord
Meinill 22 Jan 1336
1342 2 Elizabeth Darcy 1368
1368 3 Philip Darcy
He had previously succeeded to the Barony
of Darcy de Knayth (qv) in 1362 with which
title this peerage then merged
MELBOURNE
16 Dec 1781 V[I] 1 Sir Peniston Lamb,2nd baronet 29 Jan 1745 22 Jul 1828 83
11 Aug 1815 B 1 Created Baron Melbourne 8 Jun 1770,
Viscount Melbourne 16 Dec 1781 and
Baron Melbourne [UK] 11 Aug 1815
MP for Ludgershall 1768-1774 and 1780,
Malmesbury 1784 and Newport IOW 1790-1793
22 Jul 1828 2 William Lamb 15 Mar 1779 24 Nov 1848 69
MP for Leominster 1806, Haddington 1806-1807,
Portarlington 1807-1816, Peterborough 1816-1819,
Hertfordshire 1819-1826, Newport (IOW) 1827
and Bletchingley 1827-1828. Chief Secretary
for Ireland 1827-1828. Home Secretary
1830-1834. Prime Minister 1834 and 1835-
1841. PC 1827. PC [I] 1827
24 Nov 1848 3 Frederick James Lamb 17 Apr 1782 29 Jan 1853 80
to Created Baron Beauvale 20 Apr 1839
29 Jan 1853 PC 1822
Peerages extinct on his death
MELCHETT
15 Jun 1928 B 1 Sir Alfred Moritz Mond,1st baronet 23 Oct 1868 27 Dec 1930 62
Created Baron Melchett 15 Jun 1928
MP for Chester 1906-1910, Swansea 1910-
1923 and Carmarthen 1924-1928. First
Commissioner of Works 1916-1921. Minister
of Health 1921-1922. PC 1913
27 Dec 1930 2 Henry Ludwig Mond 10 May 1898 22 Jan 1949 50
MP for Isle of Ely 1923-1924 and Toxteth
East 1929-1930
22 Jan 1949 3 Julian Edward Alfred Mond 9 Jan 1925 15 Jun 1973 48
15 Jun 1973 4 Peter Robert Henry Mond 24 Feb 1948
MELCOMBE
6 Apr 1761 B 1 George Bubb Dodington c 1691 28 Jul 1762
to Created Baron Melcombe 6 Apr 1761
28 Jul 1762 MP for Winchilsea 1715, Bridgewater
1722-1754 and Weymouth & Melcombe Regis
1754-1761. Lord Lieutenant Somerset 1720-1744
Treasurer of the Navy 1746-1749,1755-1756
and 1757. PC 1745
Peerage extinct on his death
MELDRUM
11 Aug 1815 B 1 George Gordon,later [1836] 9th Marquess of
Huntly 28 Jun 1761 17 Jun 1853 91
Created Baron Meldrum 11 Aug 1815
This peerage remains merged in the Marquessate
of Huntly
MELFORT
12 Aug 1686 E[S] 1 John Drummond c 1650 25 Jan 1715
to Created Lord Drummond of Gilstoun
2 Jul 1695 and Viscount of Melfort 14 Apr 1685,
and Lord Drummond of Riccartoun,
Viscount of Forth and Earl of
Melfort 12 Aug 1686
Secretary of State for Scotland 1684
PC 1685 KT 1687
He was attainted and the peerages forfeited
[25 Jan 1715] [2] John Drummond 26 May 1682 29 Jan 1754 71
[29 Jan 1754] [3] James Drummond 13 May 1708 25 Dec 1766 58
[25 Dec 1766] [4] James Lewis Drummond Sep 1800
[Sep 1800] [5] Charles Edward Drummond 1 Jan 1752 9 Apr 1840 88
[9 Apr 1840] 6 George Drummond 6 May 1807 28 Feb 1902 94
28 Jun 1853 Attainder reversed 28 Jun 1853.
to On his death the peerage became dormant
28 Feb 1902
MELGUM
20 Oct 1627 V[S] 1 Lord John Gordon 9 Oct 1630
to Created Viscount of Melgum 20 Oct 1627
9 Oct 1630 Peerage extinct on his death
MELGUND
24 Feb 1813 V 1 Gilbert Elliot Murray-Kynynmound 23 Apr 1751 21 Jun 1814 63
Created Baron Minto 20 Oct 1797 and
Viscount Melgund and and Earl of
Minto 24 Feb 1813
See "Minto"
MELLISH
12 Jul 1985 B[L] 1 Robert Joseph Mellish 3 Mar 1913 9 May 1998 84
to Created Baron Mellish for life 12 Jul 1985
9 May 1998 MP for Rotherhithe 1946-1950, Bermondsey
1950-1983 Minister of Public Building and
Works 1967-1969. Parliamentary Secretary
to the Treasury 1969-1970 and 1974-1976.
PC 1967
Peerage extinct on his death
MELROS
24 Jul 1827 B 1 Thomas Hamilton,9th Earl of Haddington 21 Jun 1780 1 Dec 1858 78
to Created Baron Melros 24 Jul 1827
1 Dec 1858 Peerage extinct on his death
MELVILLE
30 Apr 1616 B[S] 1 Robert Melville 1547 Dec 1621 74
Created Lord Melville 30 Apr 1616
Dec 1621 2 Robert Melville 19 Mar 1635
19 Mar 1635 3 John Melville 22 May 1643
22 May 1643 4 George Melville 1636 20 May 1707 70
8 Apr 1690 E[S] 1 Created Lord Raith,Monymaill and
Balwearie,Viscount of Kirkcaldy and
Earl of Melville 8 Apr 1690
Secretary of State for Scotland 1690-1691
Lord Privy Seal of Scotland 1691-1696
20 May 1707 2 David Leslie 5 May 1660 6 Jun 1728 68
He had previously succeeded as 5th Earl of
Leven (qv) in 1681 with which title this peerage
then became united and so remains
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24 Dec 1802 V 1 Henry Dundas 28 Apr 1742 28 May 1811 69
Created Baron Dunira and Viscount
Melville 24 Dec 1802
MP for Midlothian 1774-1782, Newtown
1782, Midlothian 1782-1790 and Edinburgh
1790-1802. Solicitor General for Scotland
1766-1775. Lord Advocate 1775-1783. Home
Secretary 1791-1794. President of the
Board of Control 1793-1801. Secretary
for War and Colonies 1794-1801. First
Lord of the Admiralty 1804-1805. PC 1782
28 May 1811 2 Robert Saunders-Dundas 14 Mar 1771 10 Jun 1851 80
MP for Hastings 1794-1796, Rye 1796-1801
and Midlothian 1801-1811. President of the
Board of Control 1807-1808 and 1809-1812.
Chief Secretary for Ireland 1809. First
Lord of the Admiralty 1812-1827 and
1828-1830. PC 1807 PC [I] 1809 KT 1821
10 Jun 1851 3 Henry Dundas 25 Feb 1801 1 Feb 1876 74
MP for Rochester 1826-1830 and Winchelsea
1830-1831
1 Feb 1876 4 Robert Dundas 14 Sep 1803 18 Feb 1886 82
18 Feb 1886 5 Robert Dundas 8 Mar 1835 3 Nov 1904 69
3 Nov 1904 6 Charles Saunders Dundas 27 Jun 1843 21 Sep 1926 83
21 Sep 1926 7 Henry Charles Clement Dundas 25 Jun 1873 30 Jan 1935 61
30 Jan 1935 8 Henry Charles Patric Brouncker Dundas 5 Mar 1909 26 Mar 1971 62
26 Mar 1971 9 Robert David Ross Dundas 28 May 1937 21 Jul 2011 74
21 Jul 2011 10 Robert Henry Kirkpatrick Dundas 23 Apr 1984
MENDELSOHN
5 Sep 2013 B[L] 1 Jonathan Neil Mendelsohn 30 Dec 1966
Created Baron Mendelsohn for life 5 Sep 2013
MENDIP
13 Aug 1794 B 1 Welbore Ellis 15 Dec 1713 2 Feb 1802 88
Created Baron Mendip 13 Aug 1794
For details of the special remainder included in the
creation of this peerage,see the note at the
foot of this page
MP for Cricklade 1741-1747, Weymouth &
Melcombe Regis 1747-1754, Aylesbury 1761-
1768, Petersfield 1768-1774, Weymouth &
Melcombe Regis 1774-1790 and Petersfield
1791-1794. Secretary at War 1762-1765.
Treasurer of the Navy 1777-1782. Secretary
of State 1782. PC 1760
2 Feb 1802 2 Henry Welbore Ellis 22 Jan 1761 13 Jul 1836 75
He had previously succeeded as 2nd Viscount
Clifden (qv) in 1788
13 Jul 1836 3 Henry Agar-Ellis,3rd Viscount Clifden 25 Feb 1825 20 Feb 1866 40
He had previously succeeded to the Barony of
Dover (qv) in 1833
20 Feb 1866 4 Henry George Agar-Ellis,4th Viscount Clifden 3 Sep 1863 28 Mar 1895 31
28 Mar 1895 5 Leopold George Frederick Agar-Ellis,5th
Viscount Clifden 13 May 1829 10 Sep 1899 70
MP for Kilkenny 1857-1874
10 Sep 1899 6 Thomas Charles Agar-Robartes,6th Viscount
Clifden 1 Jan 1844 19 Jul 1930 86
MP for Cornwall East 1880-1882. Lord
Lieutenant Cambridge 1906-1915
19 Jul 1930 7 Francis Gerald Agar-Robartes,7th Viscount Clifden 14 Apr 1883 15 Jul 1966 83
15 Jul 1966 8 Arthur Victor Agar-Robartes,8th Viscount Clifden 9 Jun 1887 22 Dec 1974 87
22 Dec 1974 9 Shaun James Christian Welbore Ellis Agar 21 Aug 1945
He had previously succeeded to the Earldom
of Normanton (qv) in 1967
MENTEITH
c 1164 E[S] 1 Gilchrist c 1190
Witness to a Charter as Earl of
Menteith c 1164
c 1190 2 Murdoch c 1210
c 1210 3 Maurice after 1213
He resigned the peerage in favour of -
1213 4 Maurice c 1230
c 1230 5 Isabella
She married Walter Comyn who assumed
the peerage in her right. She died
between 1262 and 1272
1258 6 Walter Stewart c 1295
c 1295 7 Alexander Stewart c 1300
c 1300 8 Alan Stewart c 1308
c 1308 9 Murdoch Stewart 19 Jul 1333
19 Jul 1333 10 Mary c 1360
She married Sir John Graham who assumed
the peerage in her right. He died Feb 1367
c 1360 11 Margaret,Duchess of Albany c 1390
c 1390 12 Murdoch Stewart,Duke of Albany 24 May 1425
He was executed and the peerages forfeited
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6 Sep 1427 E[S] 1 Malise Graham c 1410 c 1490
Created Earl of Menteith 6 Sep 1427
c 1490 2 Alexander Graham c 1535
c 1535 3 William Graham c 1544
c 1544 4 John Graham 1564
1564 5 William Graham c 1580
c 1580 6 John Graham Dec 1598
Dec 1598 7 William Graham 1589 c 1662
Created Earl of Airth (qv) 21 Jan 1632
c 1662 8 William Graham 12 Sep 1694
to On his death the peerage became either
12 Sep 1694 extinct or dormant
MENTMORE
3 Jul 1911 V 1 Archibald Philip Primrose,5th Earl of Rosebery 7 May 1847 21 May 1929 82
Created Baron Epsom,Viscount
Mentmore and Earl of Midlothian
3 Jul 1911
The peerages remain united with the
Earldom of Rosebery (qv)
MENUHIN
19 Jul 1993 B[L] 1 Yehudi Menuhin 22 Apr 1916 12 Mar 1999 82
to Created Baron Menuhin for life 19 Jul 1993
12 Mar 1999 OM 1987
Peerage extinct on his death
MEREDYTH
3 May 1866 B 1 Sir William Meredyth Somerville 1802 7 Dec 1873 71
Created Baron Athlumney [I] 14 Dec 1863
and Baron Meredyth [UK] 3 May 1866
See "Athlumney"
MEREWORTH
19 Jan 1926 B 1 Geoffrey Henry Browne,3rd Baron Oranmore 6 Jan 1861 30 Jun 1927 66
and Browne
Created Baron Mereworth 19 Jan 1926
See "Oranmore and Browne" with which title
this peerage remains united
MERIONETH
20 Nov 1947 E 1 Philip Mountbatten 10 Jun 1921
Created Baron Greenwich,Earl of
Merioneth and Duke of Edinburgh
20 Nov 1947
See "Edinburgh"
MERLYN-REES
1 Jul 1992 B[L] 1 Merlyn Merlyn-Rees 18 Dec 1920 5 Jan 2006 85
to Created Baron Merlyn-Rees for life
5 Jan 2006 1 Jul 1992
MP for Leeds South 1963-1983 and Morley and
Leeds South 1983-1992. Secretary of State
for Northern Ireland 1974-1976. Home
Secretary 1976-1979. PC 1974
Peerage extinct on his death
MERRIMAN
27 Jan 1941 B 1 Frank Boyd Merriman 28 Apr 1880 18 Jan 1962 81
to Created Baron Merriman 27 Jan 1941
18 Jan 1962 MP for Rusholme 1924-1933. Solicitor
General 1928-1929 and 1932-1933. President
of the Probate Divorce and Admiralty Court
1933-1962. PC 1933
Peerage extinct on his death
MERRIVALE
19 Jan 1925 B 1 Henry Edward Duke 5 Nov 1855 20 May 1939 83
Created Baron Merrivale 19 Jan 1925
MP for Plymouth 1900-1906 and Exeter
1910 and 1911-1918. Chief Secretary for Ireland
1916-1918. Lord Justice of Appeal 1918-
1919. PC 1915 PC [I] 1916
20 May 1939 2 Edward Duke 22 May 1883 8 Jun 1951 68
8 Jun 1951 3 Jack Henry Edmond Duke 27 Jan 1917 1 Nov 2007 90
1 Nov 2007 4 Derek John Philip Duke 16 Mar 1948
MERSEY
22 Jan 1916 V 1 John Charles Bigham 3 Aug 1840 3 Sep 1929 89
Created Baron Mersey 16 Mar 1910
and Viscount Mersey 22 Jan 1916
MP for Liverpool Exchange 1895-1897.
PC 1909
For an amusing story regarding this peer's dogs,
see the note at the foot of this page.
3 Sep 1929 2 Charles Clive Bigham 18 Aug 1872 20 Nov 1956 84
PC 1946
20 Nov 1956 3 Edward Clive Bigham 5 Jun 1906 2 Aug 1979 73
2 Aug 1979 4 Richard Maurice Clive Bigham 8 Jul 1934 5 Aug 2006 72
He subsequently [1995] succeeded as 13th
Lord Nairne (qv)
5 Aug 2006 5 Edward John Hallam Bigham 23 May 1966
MERTHYR
24 Jun 1911 B 1 Sir William Thomas Lewis,1st baronet 5 Aug 1837 27 Aug 1914 77
Created Baron Merthyr 24 Jun 1911
27 Aug 1914 2 Herbert Clark Lewis 3 Jul 1866 20 Mar 1932 65
20 Mar 1932 3 William Brereton Couchman Lewis 7 Jan 1901 5 Apr 1977 76
PC 1964
5 Apr 1977 4 Trevor Oswin Lewis 29 Nov 1935
to He disclaimed the peerage for life 26 Apr 1977
26 Apr 1977
MERTON
20 Nov 1805 V 1 William Nelson,2nd Baron Nelson 20 Apr 1757 28 Feb 1835 77
Created Viscount Merton and Earl
Nelson 20 Nov 1805
See "Nelson"
MESTON
29 Nov 1919 B 1 James Scorgie Meston 12 Jun 1865 7 Oct 1943 78
Created Baron Meston 29 Nov 1919
7 Oct 1943 2 Dougall Meston 17 Dec 1894 2 Jan 1984 89
2 Jan 1984 3 James Meston 10 Feb 1950
METCALFE
25 Jan 1845 B 1 Charles Theophilus Metcalfe 30 Jan 1785 5 Sep 1846 61
to Created Baron Metcalfe 25 Jan 1845
5 Sep 1846 Governor of Jamaica 1839. Governor
General of Canada 1843-1845. PC 1839
Peerage extinct on his death
METHLICK
30 Nov 1682 B[S] 1 George Gordon 3 Oct 1637 20 Apr 1720 82
Created Lord Haddo,Methlick,Tarves
and Kellie,Viscount of Formantine and
Earl of Aberdeen 30 Nov 1682
See "Aberdeen"
METHUEN
13 Jul 1838 B 1 Paul Methuen 21 Jun 1779 14 Sep 1849 70
Created Baron Methuen 13 Jul 1838
MP for Wiltshire 1812-1819 and Wiltshire
North 1832-1837
14 Sep 1849 2 Frederick Henry Paul Methuen 23 Feb 1818 26 Sep 1891 73
26 Sep 1891 3 Paul Sanford Methuen 1 Sep 1845 30 Oct 1932 87
Field Marshal 1911. Governor of Malta
1915-1919
30 Oct 1932 4 Paul Ayshford Methuen 29 Sep 1886 7 Jan 1974 87
7 Jan 1974 5 Anthony Paul Methuen 26 Jun 1891 21 Jun 1975 83
21 Jun 1975 6 Anthony John Methuen 26 Oct 1925 24 Aug 1994 68
24 Aug 1994 7 Robert Alexander Holt Methuen 22 Jul 1931 9 Jul 2014 82
9 Jul 2014 8 James Paul Archibald Methuen-Campbell 25 Oct 1952
METHVEN
17 Jul 1528 B[S] 1 Henry Stewart c 1497 c 1555
Created Lord Methven 17 Jul 1528
c 1555 2 Henry Methven 3 Mar 1572
3 Mar 1572 3 Henry Methven c 1580
to Peerage extinct on his death
c 1580
MEXBOROUGH
11 Feb 1766 E[I] 1 John Savile Dec 1719 17 Feb 1778 58
Created Baron Pollington 8 Nov 1753,
and Viscount Pollington and Earl of
Mexborough 11 Feb 1766
MP for Hedon 1747-1754 and Shoreham
1761-1768
17 Feb 1778 2 John Savile 8 Apr 1761 3 Feb 1830 68
MP for Lincoln 1808-1812
3 Feb 1830 3 John Savile 3 Jul 1783 25 Dec 1860 77
MP for Pontefract 1807-1812, 1812-1826
and 1831-1832
25 Dec 1860 4 John Charles George Savile 4 Jun 1810 17 Aug 1899 89
MP for Gatton 1831-1832 and Pontefract
1835-1837 and 1841-1847
He was the last surviving member of the
unreformed House of Commons
17 Aug 1899 5 John Horace Savile 17 Jun 1843 8 Jun 1916 72
For further information on this peer, see the
note at the foot of this page.
8 Jun 1916 6 John Henry Savile 27 Sep 1868 16 Sep 1945 76
16 Sep 1945 7 John Raphael Wentworth Savile 11 Oct 1906 15 May 1980 73
15 May 1980 8 John Christopher George Savile 16 May 1931
MICHELHAM
28 Dec 1905 B 1 Sir Herbert Stern,1st baronet 28 Sep 1851 7 Jan 1919 67
Created Baron Michelham 28 Dec 1905
7 Jan 1919 2 Herman Alfred Stern 5 Sep 1900 19 Mar 1984 83
to Peerage extinct on his death
19 Mar 1984
MICHIE OF GALLANACH
14 Jul 2001 B[L] 1 Janet Ray Michie 4 Feb 1934 6 May 2008 74
to Created Baroness Michie of Gallanach
6 May 2008 for life 14 Jul 2001
MP for Argyll and Bute 1987-2001
Peerage extinct on her death
MICKLETHWAITE
6 Jun 1727 V[I] 1 Joseph Micklethwaite c 1680 16 Jan 1734
to Created Baron Micklethwaite 14 Aug
16 Jan 1734 1724 and Viscount Micklethwaite
6 Jun 1727
MP for Arundel 1718-1727 and Hull 1727-
1734
Peerages extinct on his death
MIDDLESEX
16 Sep 1622 E 1 Lionel Cranfield,1st Baron Cranfield 13 Mar 1575 6 Aug 1645 70
Created Earl of Middlesex 16 Sep 1622
MP for Hythe 1614 and Arundel 1621-1622.
Lord High Treasurer 1621-1624
6 Aug 1645 2 James Cranfield 27 Dec 1621 13 Sep 1651 29
13 Sep 1651 3 Lionel Cranfield c 1625 26 Oct 1674
to Peerages extinct on his death
26 Oct 1674
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4 Apr 1675 B 1 Charles Sackville 24 Jan 1638 29 Jan 1706 68
Created Baron Cranfield and Earl of
Middlesex 4 Apr 1675
He succeeded to the Earldom of Dorset
(qv) in 1677 with which title this peerage
then merged - extinct 1843
MIDDLETON
1 Jan 1712 B 1 Sir Thomas Willoughby,2nd baronet 9 Apr 1672 2 Apr 1729 56
Created Baron Middleton 1 Jan 1712
MP for Nottinghamshire 1698-1702 and
1705-1710 and Newark 1710-1712
2 Apr 1729 2 Francis Willoughby 4 Oct 1692 31 Jul 1758 65
MP for Nottinghamshire 1713-1722 and
Tamworth 1722-1727
31 Jul 1758 3 Francis Willoughby 25 Jan 1726 16 Dec 1774 48
16 Dec 1774 4 Thomas Willoughby 19 Dec 1728 19 Jan 1781 52
MP for Nottinghamshire 1762-1774
19 Jan 1781 5 Henry Willoughby 19 Dec 1726 14 Jun 1800 73
14 Jun 1800 6 Henry Willoughby 24 Apr 1761 19 Jun 1835 74
19 Jun 1835 7 Digby Willoughby 29 Nov 1769 5 Nov 1856 86
5 Nov 1856 8 Digby Willoughby 28 Aug 1817 20 Dec 1877 60
20 Dec 1877 9 Digby Wentworth Bayard Willoughby 24 Aug 1844 28 May 1922 77
28 May 1922 10 Godfrey Ernest Percival Willoughby 18 Jun 1847 11 Nov 1924 77
11 Nov 1924 11 Michael Guy Percival Willoughby 21 Oct 1887 16 Nov 1970 83
Lord Lieutenant E Riding Yorkshire
1936-1968. KG 1957
16 Nov 1970 12 Digby Michael Godfrey John Willoughby 1 May 1921 27 May 2011 90
27 May 2011 13 Michael Charles James Willoughby 14 Jul 1948
MIDDLETON (Scotland)
1 Oct 1660 E[S] 1 John Middleton c 1617 1673
Created Lord Clermont and Fettercairn
and Earl of Middleton 1 Oct 1660
1673 2 Charles Middleton c 1650 8 Aug 1719
to Secretary of State for Scotland 1682 PC 1684
2 Jul 1695 MP for Winchelsea 1685
The peerage was forfeited in 1695
Hugh Hamon Charles George Massy, 8th Baron Massy
Massy was the victim of a home invasion in 1922 during which the intruder was accidentally
killed, as reported in the 'Manchester Guardian' of 24 Jul 1922:-
'An inquest was held in Dublin on Saturday on Anthony Walsh, who was shot dead by the Hon.
Hamon Massy, son of Lord Massy, at Killakee House, county Dublin.
'The Hon. Mrs. Massy said the house was four miles from the Dublin tram terminus, and was in
a lonely place. On Thursday night she and her husband retired, and while undressing she heard
footsteps on the gravel walk close to the hall door, and her husband opened the window,
shouting, "Hello, who is there?" A man was heard to reply, "Is that you, Mr. Massy?" and said
he wanted to see him. Her husband went down with a hand-lamp, and she heard the door open.
Some time after her husband returned for the keys of the safe, telling her the man was
demanding money. In the safe there was a very considerable sum of money in notes.
'After her husband got the keys she heard him tell the man to get out, and on going downstairs
she found her husband trying to get the man out. She asked the man to go, and her husband
was pushing him away from the direction of the safe. The man was violent, and shouted that
he would not go, He had his hand in his pocket, and she thought he had firearms.
'He then rushed at her husband, who got a revolver from a drawer and warned the man to get
out, but he made for her husband. One shot went off over the man's head, and when he caught
her husband's legs and they struggled another shot went off, and the man fell. The doctor and
the priest were at once sent for, and the witness and others prayed over the man while he was
dying.
'Neither the witness nor her husband knew the man. They had been raided two or three times
recently. Their car was taken and the telephone wires cut the day before the occurrence.
'Lieutenant Kinsella, of the C.I.D., stated that he found on the man a 5 pound note and an
expert's skeleton key.
'The jury returned a verdict that death was due to a bullet wound accidentally inflicted by
Mr, Massy.'
Richard Southwell Bourke, 6th Earl of Mayo
Mayo was appointed Viceroy of India in 1868. Before succeeding to the Irish Earldom in 1867,
he had, under the courtesy title of Lord Naas, been Chief Secretary for Ireland in 1858-1859
and 1866-1868. He was a big, good-looking, genial character, a tireless administrator and a
celebrated sportsman.
As soon as he arrived at Government House in Calcutta, he flung himself with typical energy
into every aspect of the government of India. During his viceroyalty, he travelled 20,000 miles
throughout India, from the jungles of Burma to the wildest sections of the turbulent North-West
Frontier. He horrified his staff by insisting on personally investigating districts torn by bloody
religious riots and anti-British disturbances. He set up committees to reorganise the archaic and
cumbersome Indian financial system and to promote railway building, irrigation schemes and
other works.
One of Mayo's favourite projects was the reform of the penal system, which was still haunted
by memories of the Indian Mutiny only 15 years earlier. After the mutiny, thousands of captives
were exiled to South Andaman Island in the Bay of Bengal, forming the nucleus of India's most
feared penal colony. The centre of the settlement was the squalid township of Hopetown, built
mostly on a malarial swamp reclaimed from the jungle-fringed foreshore of Port Blair. Here,
guarded by a native regiment, were the barracks of the more docile convicts who worked at
timber-cutting, road-making and draining the swamps. Out in the bay was Viper Island, a mile
long and half a mile wide, which housed the most dangerous prisoners as well as the condemned
cells and gallows. On the nearby island of Ross were a sawmill, hospital, church, storehouses
and the small fort which was the headquarters of the commandant, General Donald Stewart
[later Field Marshal Sir Donald Stewart, Bt].
Ever since its foundation, the colony had been a cesspool of brutality and depravity in which
sickness sometimes swept away a third of the wretched prisoners each year. Corrupt officials
openly traded liquor for the convicts' meagre earnings. Murders, riots and drunkenness added to
the high mortality rate caused by endemic malaria.
In 1871, a particularly nasty series of killings in the settlement convinced Lord Mayo that his
most urgent task was a sweeping reform of the whole administration of the Andamans. His
officials agreed, but they reacted with violent opposition when the Viceroy announced that he
would visit Hopetown and investigate conditions on the spot. His secretary, Major Burne, and his
two ADCs, Captains Lockwood and Gregory, begged him not to take his life in his hands among
criminals who included a large number of anti-British fanatics. But Mayo swept aside every
objection, and at daybreak on 8 February 1872, the cruiser 'Glasgow', carrying the vice-regal
party, dropped anchor off Hopetown. General Stewart boarded the warship at once and asked
Mayo not to go ashore until his security arrangements had been completed and the most
dangerous prisoners safely locked up. Once more, Mayo ignored official fears, though he did
agree to delay his visit to Viper Island until the afternoon, when the guard could be reinforced
by native troops from Hopetown.
The tours of Ross and Viper Islands passed off without incident and the party then landed at
Hopetown. After inspecting the facilities there, Mayo, to the horror of his accompanying party,
suggested that they climb Mt. Harriet. It was pointed out that the only route was a narrow
track winding through jungle and that it would be impossible to guarantee Mayo's safety from
any unseen assassin lurking in the jungle. Mayo again brushed aside these objections and the
party set off.
Mayo's arrival at Hopetown had been observed by convict number 15,557 - Shere Ali - a native
of a village at the foot of the Khyber Pass, where his tribal people had been fighting the British
for 50 years. Shere Ali had, however, served in the Punjabi Mounted Police until ancestral
tradition had reasserted itself and he killed a fellow tribesman in a blood feud. He was
condemned to hang, but because of his good service record, the sentence had been commuted
to exile. Good behaviour soon won him a transfer from Viper Island to Hopetown, where he
became the settlement's barber and enjoyed almost complete freedom. But Shere Ali had never
forgotten the disgrace of being stripped of the Queen's uniform, an insult that could only be
wiped out in blood, and now he had his chance.
For an hour, with a razor-sharp knife concealed beneath his robe, Shere Ali stalked Mayo's
party through the jungle, but could not get close enough to strike. He had almost given up
hope and night was now falling. As the party returned to the jetty at Hopetown, Shere Ali
concealed himself in a pile of boulders at the landward end of the jetty, and, as Mayo passed,
he flung himself at Mayo and stabbed him twice in the back. Mayo collapsed into the shallow
water, and within seconds had been lifted into the launch and taken to the 'Glasgow', but he
was dead before ship's surgeon could assist him.
In the meantime, Shere Ali, beaten unconscious by rifle butts, was also dragged aboard the
launch and lashed by his wrists and ankles to a grating on the deck. Within 24 hours, he had
been taken back to Hopetown and sentenced to death by General Stewart in his capacity as
the colony's Chief Justice. The sentence was confirmed by the High Court of Bengal and
Shere Ali was hanged on the gallows on Viper Island three weeks later.
Out of the violence came some good, however. The assassination stunned the British
administration into hastening reforms of the penal system, and over the next 10 years,
Hopetown was transformed into a model settlement.
The special remainder to the Barony of Mendip
From the "London Gazette" of 9 August 1794 (issue 13692, page 818):-
"The King has been pleased to grant the Dignity of a Baron of the United Kingdom of Great
Britain.....and the Heirs Male of [his] Body lawfully begotten, to The Right Honorable Welbore
Ellis, by the Name, Style and Title of Baron Mendip, of Mendip, in the County of Somerset, with
Remainders severally and successively to the Right Honorable Henry Welbore Agar, Viscount
Clifden of the Kingdom of Ireland, the Honorable and Reverend John Ellis Agar, Second Son, and
the Honorable Charles Bagnal Agar, Third Son, of the Right Honorable James late Viscount
Clifden, of the Kingdom of Ireland, deceased; Welbore Ellis Agar, Esquire, one of the
Commissioners of His Majesty's Customs; and the Most Reverend Father in God Doctor Charles
Agar, Archbishop of Cashel in the Kingdom of Ireland; and the respective Heirs Male of their
Bodies lawfully begotten."
John Charles Bigham, 1st Viscount Mersey
The following amusing sketch is taken from the 'Chicago Daily Tribune' of 13 February 1901.
Although the report is mainly concerned with Clive Bigham, who would succeed his father to
become the 2nd Viscount Mersey, the report mentions the 1st Viscount's love of bulldogs, as
follows:-
'..Sir John Bigham, who is as noted for his acumen as a Judge as for his pedigree bulldogs,
which rejoice in the names of Fee and Brief. Fee is in the habit of accompanying Sir John to the
Courts of a morning when in town. Sometimes the dog remains all day with its master, while on
other occasions it returns home, all the way to Palace Gate in South Kensington, on its own
account. It must not, however, for one moment be thought that the dog walks. It drives, and
generally hires a hansom for the purpose. That is to say, it jumps into any smart hansom that
it happens to see empty, and, ensconcing itself on the cushions, absolutely refuses to budge,
growling ominously and showing its teeth if any attempt is made to dislodge it. The driver,
unless he happens to know Fee, usually appeals to the nearest policeman, who, however, is apt
to pause, owing to the formidable appearance of the dog. Finally, however, Fee turns its head
in such a way that the name and address of its master, engraved on the collar, can be
deciphered in safety. On the advice of the policeman the dog is usually driven by the cabman in
state to the address mentioned on the collar. On arrival the dog alights from the cab, waits
beside the coachman until the latter has rung the bell and collected his fare, and then vanishes
into the house with an air of the utmost dignity and importance.'
John Horace Savile, 5th Earl of Mexborough
As far as I have been able to ascertain, the 5th Earl was the first member of the House
of Lords who converted to the Buddhist faith.
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