Last updated 10/06/2016
Longest lived peers and peeresses
The British peerage is possibly the best documented group of lives in history. 
It is somewhat surprising therefore that it was not until 1965 that a member of
the peerage achieved their 100th birthday. Since that time, a further 12 peers and
1 peeress in her own right have reached their centenaries, as shown below:-
Frank Douglas-Pennant, 5th Baron Penrhyn born 21 Nov 1865, died 3 Feb 1967
Ethel Sydney,Countess of Kintore (11th in line) born 20 Sep 1874, died 21 Sep 1974
Emanuel Shinwell,Baron Shinwell [L] born 18 Oct 1884, died 8 May 1986
Edgar Louis Granville,Baron Granville of Eye [L] born 12 Feb 1898, died 14 Feb 1998
Alfred Thompson Denning, Baron Denning [L] born 23 Jan 1899, died 5 Mar 1999
Dominick Geoffrey Edward Browne,
4th Baron Oranmore & Browne born 21 Oct 1901, died 7 Aug 2002
Hartley William Shawcross, Baron Shawcross [L] born 4 Feb 1902, died 10 Jul 2003
Ronald George James Jervis, 7th Viscount born 3 May 1905, died 4 Sep 2006
St. Vincent
Geoffrey Alexander Rowley-Conwy, 9th 
Baron Langford born 8 Mar 1912
Francis Edward Hovell-Thurlow-Cumming-Bruce,
8th Baron Thurlow born 9 Mar 1912, died 24 Mar 2013
Jeremy Nicholas Hutchinson, Baron born 28 Mar 1915
Hutchinson of Lullington [L]
George Neville Clive Wigram, 2nd Baron Wigram born 2 Aug 1915
Edmund Willoughby Marsham Cokayne, 3rd Baron
Cullen of Ashbourne born 18 May 1916
Foster Charles Lowry Lamb, 2nd Baron Rochester born 7 Jun 1916
Peers who enjoyed their peerages for the greatest amount of time
George John Patrick Dominic Townshend, 7th Marquess Townshend, succeeded to
his peerage on 17 Nov 1921. On 2 March 2009, he became the longest ever holder of
a peerage, surpassing the 13th Lord Sinclair (see below). He died on 23 April 2010,
having held the peerage for 88 years, 157 days.
Charles St.Clair, 13th Lord Sinclair, succeeded to the title on 16 Dec 1775 and
died on 30 Mar 1863, having held the peerage for 87 years and 104 days.
George William Coventry, 9th Earl of Coventry, succeeded to the title on 15 May 1843
and died 13 Mar 1930, having held the peerage for 86 years and 302 days.
Edward John Barrington Montagu-Douglas-Scott, 3rd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu,
succeeded to the title on 30 March 1929 and died 31 Aug 2015, having held the
peerage for 86 years and 154 days.
Charles Henry Fitzroy, 4th Baron Southampton, succeeded to the title on 16 Jul 1872
and died on 7 Dec 1958, having held the peerage for 86 years and 144 days.
Charles Cokayne, 5th Viscount Cullen, succeeded to the title on 6 Apr 1716 and
died on 7 Jun 1802, having held the peerage for 86 years and 62 days.
Peers who enjoyed their peerages for the shortest amount of time
Wilfred Carlyle Stamp, 2nd Baron Stamp, was killed in a German air-raid on 
London on 16 Apr 1941. His father, the 1st Baron, was killed by the same
bomb. However, it was assumed that the son had died after the father, even
by a split-second, and on that basis the 2nd Baron was held to have succeeded
to the title.
Apart from this legal "fiction", the shortest period of enjoyment of a title
was that of Charles Brandon, 3rd Duke of Suffolk [creation of 1514] who 
succeeded to the title on the death of his brother on 14 Jul 1551 and died
half an hour later, when the peerage became extinct.
Shortest-lived peerages
Frederic Leighton (the famous Victorian painter) was created Baron Leighton
of Stretton on 24 Jan 1896. He died the following day when the peerage became
extinct after a life of only one day.
Sir Thomas Erskine May, author of the standard work on British parliamentary
procedure, was created Baron Farnborough on 11 May 1886. This title became
extinct on his death on 17 May 1886, 6 days after its creation.
David Robertson was created Baron Marjoribanks on 12 Jun 1873. The title
became extinct on his death on 19 Jun 1873, 7 days after creation.
The shortest lived life peerage is that of Arthur Brian Deane Faulkner, who
was created Baron Faulkner of Downpatrick on 7 Feb 1977 and who died 24 days
later on 3 Mar 1977.
At least three life peerages were announced where the intended recipients died
before the creation could be completed. It was announced on 26 Jun 1979 that
John Emerson Harding Davies was to be made a life peer but he died on 4 Jul 1979
before the peerage was gazetted. Similarly, Dame Shelagh Marjorie Roberts'
life peerage was announced on 31 Dec 1991, but she died on 16 Jan 1992. Also,
Sir David English's appointment as a peer was announced in June 1998 but he died on 10 Jun.
On 29 Mar 1962, it was announced that Sir Ian MacDonald Horobin would be granted
a life peerage. He withdrew his acceptance of the peerage on 13 Apr 1962. He was 
subsequently arrested on charges of indecency in May 1962 and in July 1962 was
sentenced to 4 years imprisonment.
Oldest peers upon creation
The oldest person to have created an hereditary peer was William Francis 
Kyffin-Taylor, who was created Baron Maenan on 29 Jun 1948. He was born
on 9 Jul 1854 and was therefore 93 years and 356 days old when he was
made a peer. He died on 22 Sep 1951 when the peerage became extinct.
Only 10 days younger was Francis Aungier Pakenham, Earl of Longford who
was granted a life peerage as Baron Pakenham of Cowley on 16 Nov 1999,at
the age of 93 years and 346 days.