PEERAGE RECORDS
Last updated 09/02/2017
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:-
             Title     Born Died Age
Frank Douglas-Pennant, 5th Baron Penrhyn 21  Nov 1865 3 Feb 1967 101
Ethel Sydney,Countess of Kintore (11th in line) 20 Sep 1874 21 Sep 1974 100
Emanuel Shinwell, Baron Shinwell [L] 18 Oct 1884 8 May 1986 101
Edgar Louis Granville, Baron Granville of Eye [L] 12 Feb 1898 14 Feb 1998 100
Alfred Thompson Denning, Baron Denning [L] 23 Jan 1899 5 Mar 1899 100
Dominick Geoffrey Edward Browne,
4th Baron Oranmore & Browne 21 Oct 1901 7 Aug 2002 100
Hartley William Shawcross, Baron Shawcross [L] 4 Feb 1902 10 Jul 2003 101
Ronald George James Jervis, 7th Viscount
St. Vincent 3 May 1905 4 Sep 2006 101
Geoffrey Alexander Rowley-Conwy, 9th 
Baron Langford 8 Mar 1912
Francis Edward Hovell-Thurlow-Cumming-Bruce,
8th Baron Thurlow 9 Mar 1912 24 Mar 2013 101
Jeremy Nicholas Hutchinson, Baron
Hutchinson of Lullington [L] 28 Mar 1915
George Neville Clive Wigram, 2nd Baron Wigram 2 Aug 1915
Edmund Willoughby Marsham Cokayne, 3rd 
Baron Cullen of Ashbourne 18 May 1916
Foster Charles Lowry Lamb, 2nd Baron 
Rochester 7 Jun 1916 6 Feb 2017 100
Oldest/senior peers by age at any point since 1840
The following is a progressive listing of the oldest peers since 1840. I am very grateful to Louis
Epstein, who first suggested that such a listing be compiled. Louis provided me with his research
on this matter, to which I have made only minor amendments. As a result, the vast majority of
credit for this listing is due to Louis.
             Title     Born Died Age
Louisa Manners, Countess of Dysart in her own
right (7th in line) 2 Jul 1745 22 Sep 1840 95
Thomas Graham, 1st Baron Lynedoch 19 Oct 1748 18 Dec 1843 95
George Sandford, 3rd Baron Mount Sandford 10 May 1756 25 Sep 1846 90
George Gordon, 9th Marquess of Huntly 28 Jun 1761 17 Jun 1853 91
William Conyngham Plunket, 1st Baron Plunket 1 Jul 1765 5 Jan 1854 88
Edward Jervis Jervis, 2nd Viscount St.Vincent 1 Apr 1767 25 Sep 1859 92
Sarah Otway-Cave, Baroness Braye in her 
own right 2 Jul 1768 21 Feb 1862 93
Charles St.Clair, 13th Lord Sinclair 30 Jul 1768 30 Mar 1863 94
John Singleton Copley, 1st Baron Lyndhurst 21 May 1772 12 Oct 1863 91
Stapleton Cotton, 1st Viscount Combermere 14 Nov 1773 21 Feb 1865 91
Arthur George Onslow, 3rd Earl of Onslow 25 Oct 1777 24 Oct 1870 92
Edward Burtenshaw Sugden, 1st Baron
St.Leonards 12 Feb 1781 29 Jan 1875 93
Stratford Canning, 1st Viscount Stratford 
de Redcliffe 4 Nov 1786 14 Aug 1880 93
Maria Jane Sempill, Lady Sempill in her own right 1790 5 Sep 1884 94
(16th in line)
Augustus Edward Hobart-Hampden, 6th Earl of    
Buckinghamshire 1 Nov 1793 29 Oct 1885 91
John Edward Cornwallis Rous, 2nd Earl of 
Stradbroke 13 Feb 1794 27 Jan 1886 91
Charles Shaw-Lefevre, 1st Viscount Eversley 22 Feb 1794 28 Dec 1888 94
Thomas Francis Fremantle, 1st Baron Cottesloe 11 Mar 1798 3 Dec 1890 92
George Thomas Keppel, 6th Earl of Albemarle 13 Jun 1799 21 Feb 1891 91
Robert Grosvenor, 1st Baron Ebury 24 Apr 1801 18 Nov 1893 92
Henry George Grey, 3rd Earl Grey 28 Dec 1802 9 Oct 1894 91
William David Murray, 4th and 3rd Earl of 
Mansfield 21 Feb 1806 2 Aug 1898 92
George Drummond, 5th Earl of Perth 6 May 1807 28 Feb 1902 94
Peter Robert Burrell, 4th Baron Gwydyr 27 Apr 1810 3 Apr 1909 98
Francis Charteris, 10th Earl of Wemyss and
6th Earl of March 4 Aug 1818 30 Jun 1914 95
Augustus Charles Lennox Fitzroy, 7th Duke
of Grafton 22 Jun 1821 4 Dec 1918 97
Hardinge Stanley Giffard, 1st Earl of Halsbury 3 Sep 1823 11 Dec 1921 98
Henry Edward Pellew, 6th Viscount Exmouth 26 Apr 1828 4 Feb 1923 94
George John Shaw-Lefevre, 1st Baron Eversley 12 Jun 1831 19 Apr 1928 96
William Henry Borthwick, 21st Lord Borthwick 28 Nov 1832 8 Oct 1928 95
John Francis Erskine Goodeve-Erskine, 26th 
Earl of Mar 29 Mar 1836 17 Jun 1930 94
William Henry John North, 11th Lord North 5 Oct 1836 8 Apr 1932 95
Charles Lindley Wood, 2nd Viscount Halifax 7 Jun 1839 19 Jan 1934 94
Mathew Lewis Vaughan-Davies, 1st Baron 
Ystwyth 17 Dec 1840 21 Aug 1935 94
James St.Vincent Saumerez, 4th Baron de 17 Jul 1843 25 Apr 1937 93
Saumerez
Ughtred James Kay-Shuttleworth, 1st Baron 18 Dec 1844 20 Dec 1939 95
Shuttleworth
Maurice John George Ponsonby, 4th Baron de 7 Aug 1846 15 Mar 1945 98
Mauley
George Hayter Chubb, 1st Baron Hayter 29 Aug 1848 7 Nov 1946 98
Ronald Archibald Bosville-Macdonald, 6th 
Baron Macdonald 9 Jun 1853 20 Jan 1947 93
James William Lowther, 1st Viscount Ullswater 1 Apr 1855 27 Mar 1949 93
[until 23 June 1948 only, when the Barony of
Maenan was created - see next entry]
William Francis Kyffin-Taylor, 1st Baron Maenan 9 Jul 1854 22 Sep 1951 97
[on the day of the creation of his peerage, 23
June 1948, he also became the oldest peer]
Windham Henry Wyndham-Quin, 5th Earl of
Dunraven and Mount Earl 7 Feb 1857 23 Oct 1952 95
Thomas Francis Fremantle, 3rd Baron Cottesloe 5 Feb 1862 19 Jul 1956 94
Henry William Montagu Paulet, 16th Marquess
of Winchester 30 Oct 1862 28 Jun 1962 99
Frank Douglas-Pennant, 5th Baron Penrhyn 21  Nov 1865 3 Feb 1967 101
Charles Archibald Chubb, 2nd Baron Hayter 11 Nov 1871 3 Mar 1967 95
William Malcolm Hailey, 1st Baron Hailey 15 Feb 1872 1 Jun 1969 97
Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell 18 May 1872 2 Feb 1970 97
Ethel Sydney,Countess of Kintore (11th in line) 20 Sep 1874 21 Sep 1974 100
James Arthur Salter, 1st Baron Salter 15 Mar 1881 7 Jun 1975 94
Walter Egerton George Lucian Keppel, 9th Earl     
of Albemarle 28 Feb 1882 14 Jul 1979 97
John Ernest de Grey Henniker-Major, 7th Baron
Henniker and 4th Baron Hartismere 18 Jan 1883 9 Feb 1980 97
Robert William Hugh O'Neill, 1st Baron Rathcavan 8 Jun 1883 28 Nov 1982 99
Emanuel Shinwell, Baron Shinwell [L] 18 Oct 1884 8 May 1986 101
Archibald Fenner Brockway, Baron Brockway [L] 1 Nov 1888 28 Apr 1988 99
Charles Alexander Carnegie, 11th Earl of Southesk 23 Sep 1893 16 Feb 1992 98
Jeffrey John Archer Amherst, 5th Earl Amherst 13 Dec 1896 4 Mar 1993 96
Edgar Louis Granville, Baron Granville of Eye [L] 12 Feb 1898 14 Feb 1998 100
Alfred Thompson Denning, Baron Denning [L] 23 Jan 1899 5 Mar 1899 100
Dominick Geoffrey Edward Browne,
4th Baron Oranmore & Browne 21 Oct 1901 7 Aug 2002 100
Hartley William Shawcross, Baron Shawcross [L] 4 Feb 1902 10 Jul 2003 101
Ronald George James Jervis, 7th Viscount
St. Vincent 3 May 1905 4 Sep 2006 101
David Lockhart-Mure Renton, Baron Renton [L] 12 Aug 1908 24 May 2007 98
Patrick Francis Maitland, 17th Earl of Lauderdale 17 Mar 1911 2 Dec 2008 97
Francis David Charteris, 12th Earl of Wemyss    
and 8th Earl of March 19 Jan 1912 12 Dec 2008 96
Geoffrey Alexander Rowley-Conwy, 9th Baron
Langford 8 Mar 1912
I understand that the longest-lived person who has ever appeared in "Burke's Peerage" was 
Katherine Plunket, daughter of the 2nd Baron Plunket. She was born 22 November 1820 and died
14 October 1932, aged 111 years and 327 days. Her [edited] obituary in "The Times" of 15 October
1932 reads:-
'The Hon. Katherine Plunket, who died yesterday at her home, Ballymascanlan House, Co. Louth,
would have reached the age of 112 if she had lived till November 22. She remembered sitting on
Sir Walter Scott's knee when she was five years old. Her memory was indeed remarkable, and her
mind was clear and vigorous to the last.
'There can be no question about this extraordinary instance of longevity. Miss Plunket, who was
born on November 22, 1820, was the eldest of the five daughters born to the Rev. Thomas Span
Plunket when he was curate of Kilsaran, Co. Louth. His marriage in October, 1819, to Louisa Jane,
daughter of Mr. William Foster, of Fanevalley, Co. Louth, and the baptism of Katherine on December
13, 1820, are both recorded in the parish register of Kilsaran. Her father, who was the eldest son
of the first Lord Plunket, the great orator and Lord Chancellor of Ireland, was born in 1792, became
Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry in 1839, succeeded his father as second baron in 1854, and
died in 1866. Miss Plunket's four sisters all died unmarried except one, the Hon. Mary Elizabeth 
Alice, who married Colonel Sir Thomas Oriel Forster, Bt., and died without issue in 1862. The 
youngest, the Hon. Gertrude Victoria, died in 1924 at the age of 83 after her eldest sister had 
passed her hundredth year.
'Miss Plunket, who lived under five Sovereigns, was enthusiastically loyal and followed sympathet-
ically all the doings of the Royal Family. The birth and babyhood of the Princesses Elizabeth and
Margaret Rose of York, which occurred after she was a hundred years old, interested her deeply.
A correspondent wrote to us on February 4, 1929:- " I recently sent a copy of one of my books
to Miss Plunket, who is, I believe, the oldest of his Majesty's subjects. Her cousin wrote to me in
acknowledgment, 'it pleased the dear old lady very much ...... She is past 108 now and is still
very wonderful, and as a rule interested in things, especially just now in the King's health. She has
always been a very strong Loyalist and Unionist.' " She was delighted at the receipt of a telegram
from the King and Queen on November 22, 1930, congratulating her upon her one hundred and
tenth birthday.
'Even in extreme old age Miss Plunket continued to be a great traveller, and Ballymascanlan, 
which she inherited from her uncle, Mr. Frederick Foster, contains many of her sketches of scenes
in Italy and Switzerland. He reminiscences of travel in Ireland in her girlhood were quaint and clear.
She remembered when long distances in Connaught were usually traversed by canal boat or on
horseback, and when the journey from Connaught to Dublin by coach sometimes occupied between
two and three days. One of her earliest recollections was of the visit of Sir Walter Scott to Ireland
in July, 1826. Sir Walter was the guest of her grandfather, the first Lord Plunket, who was then
Attorney-General [of Ireland]. She remembered sitting on Sir Walter's knee and being charmed by
his agreeable personality and conversation. Sir Walter Scott, in his diary, alludes to this visit to the
Irish Attorney-General, with whom he stayed for several days between July 19 and 31, 1826. Miss
Plunket was then in her sixth year, and she recalled the incident in a conversation 105 years 
afterwards.'
Peers who enjoyed their peerages for the greatest length of time
George John Patrick Dominic Townshend, 7th Marquess Townshend, succeeded to his peerage on
17 November 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 March
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
March 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 August 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 December 1958, having held the peerage for 86 years and 144 days.
Charles Cokayne, 5th Viscount Cullen, succeeded to the title on 6 April 1716 and died on 7 June
1802, having held the peerage for 86 years and 62 days.
The following is a progressive listing of the longest held peerages since 1513. This listing has been
provided to me by Louis Epstein, and he therefore deserves the total credit for his research.
 
             Title   Born Succeeded Died Age
William Sinclair, 4th Lord Sinclair jointly with 9 Sep 1513 1570
William Graham, 2nd Earl of Montrose 9 Sep 1513 24 May 1571
Edward Clinton, 9th Lord Clinton, later [1572]
1st Earl of Lincoln 1512 7 Aug 1517 16 Jan 1585 72
Henry Berkeley, 7th Lord Berkeley 26 Nov 1534 26 Nov 1534 26 Nov 1613 79
Edward Seymour, 1st Earl of Hertford 12 Oct 1537 13 Jan 1559 6 Apr 1621 83
William Sandys, 3rd Baron Sandys de Vine 1560 29 Sep 1623
Edward la Zouche, 11th Lord Zouche 6 Jun 1556 19 Jun 1569 18 Aug 1625 69
Simon Fraser, 6th Lord Lovat c 1572 1 Jan 1577 3 Apr 1633
Archibald Campbell, 7th Earl of Argyll 1576 Oct 1584 1638 62
Edward Sutton, 9th Lord Dudley 17 Sep 1567 12 Aug 1586 23 Jun 1643 75
Thomas Wentworth, 4th Lord Wentworth,
later [1626] 1st Earl of Cleveland 1591 16 Aug 1593 25 Mar 1667 75
Patrick Plunkett, 9th Baron Dunsany Mar 1595 15 Dec 1603 c 1668
Anne Herbert, Baroness de Clifford in
her own right (14th in line) 30 Jan 1590 30 Oct 1605 22 Mar 1676 86
John Gordon, 14th Earl of Sutherland 4 Mar 1609 11 Sep 1615 14 Oct 1679 70
Philip Wharton, 4th Baron Wharton 8 Apr 1613 26 Mar 1625 5 Feb 1696 82
Alan Cathcart, 6th Lord Cathcart 1628 18 Aug 1628 13 Jun 1709 80
Charles Dormer, 2nd Earl of Carnarvon 25 Oct 1632 20 Sep 1643 29 Nov 1709 77
George Saunderson, 5th Viscount Castleton 12 Oct 1631 1650 27 May 1714 82
William Fitzwilliam, 3rd Baron Fitzwilliam,
later [1716] 1st Earl Fitzwilliam 29 Apr 1643 21 Feb 1658 28 Dec 1719 76
Anne Scott, Countess of Buccleuch in
her own right (4th in line), later [1663]
Duchess of Buccleuch in her own right 11 Feb 1651 12 Mar 1661 6 Feb 1732 80
Louise Renee de Penancort de Keroualle,
Duchess of Portsmouth in her own right Sep 1649 19 Aug 1673 14 Nov 1734 85
Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset 13 Aug 1662 20 Apr 1678 2 Dec 1748 86
Charles FitzRoy, 2nd Duke of Grafton 25 Oct 1683 9 Oct 1690 6 May 1757 73
Charles Butler, 1st Earl of Arran, later
[1745] 3rd Duke of Ormonde 4 Sep 1671 8 Mar 1693 17 Dec 1758 87
John Carteret, 2nd Baron Carteret, later
[1744] 2nd Earl Granville 22 Apr 1690 22 Sep 1695 2 Jan 1763 72
Alexander Sinclair, 9th Earl of Caithness 1685 1705 9 Dec 1765 80
Richard Coote, 3rd Earl of Bellomont 1682 14 Jun 1708 10 Feb 1766 83
Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron 1692 6 Jan 1710 12 Mar 1782 89
Charles Cokayne, 5th Viscount Cullen 2 Sep 1710 6 Apr 1716 7 Jun 1802 91
John Ashburnham, 2nd Earl of Ashburnham 30 Oct 1724 10 Mar 1737 8 Apr 1812 87
Francis Thomas Fitzmaurice, 3rd Earl of Kerry 9 Sep 1740 4 Apr 1747 4 Jul 1818 77
John Netterville, 6th Viscount Netterville Mar 1744 19 Mar 1751 15 Mar 1826 82
George Brodrick, 4th Viscount Midleton 1 Nov 1754 22 Aug 1765 12 Aug 1836 81
Elizabeth Sutherland, Countess of Sutherland
in her own right (19th in line) 24 May 1765 16 Jun 1766 29 Jan 1839 73
William Charles Keppel, 4th Earl of Albemarle 14 May 1772 13 Oct 1772 30 Oct 1849 77
Charles St.Clair, 13th Lord Sinclair 30 Jul 1768 16 Dec 1775 30 Mar 1863 94
George John Sackville-West, 5th Earl de la Warr 26 Oct 1791 28 Jul 1795 23 Feb 1869 77
George Hay, 8th Marquess of Tweeddale 1 Feb 1787 9 Aug 1804 10 Oct 1876 89
Richard Charles Francis Meade, 3rd Earl of
Clanwilliam 15 Aug 1795 3 Sep 1805 7 Oct 1879 84
Alan Legge Gardner, 3rd Baron Gardner 29 Jan 1810 22 Dec 1815 2 Nov 1883 73
James Hamilton, 2nd Marquess of Abercorn,
later [1868] 1st Duke of Abercorn 21 Jan 1811 27 Jan 1818 31 Oct 1885 74
Lodge Raymond de Montmorency, 2nd
Viscount Frankfort de Montmorency 24 Nov 1806 21 Sep 1822 25 Dec 1889 83
Mary Frances Elizabeth Boscawen, Baroness
Despencer in her own right (17th in line) 24 Mar 1822 31 Oct 1831 20 Nov 1891 69
John Stuart Bligh, 6th Earl of Darnley 16 Apr 1827 11 Feb 1835 14 Dec 1896 69
Horatio Nelson, 3rd Earl Nelson 7 Aug 1823 1 Nov 1835 25 Feb 1913 89
George William Coventry, 9th Earl of Coventry 9 May 1838 15 May 1843 13 Mar 1930 91
Robert Devereux, 16th Viscount Hereford 3 Jan 1843 18 Aug 1855 27 Apr 1930 87
William Frederick Waldegrave, 9th Earl 
Waldegrave 2 Mar 1851 24 Oct 1859 12 Aug 1930 79
Charles Gordon, 11th Marquess of Huntly 5 Mar 1847 18 Sep 1863 20 Feb 1937 89
Archibald Kennedy, 3rd Marquess of Ailsa 1 Sep 1847 20 Mar 1870 9 Apr 1938 90
Charles Henry Fitzroy, 4th Baron Southampton 11 May 1867 16 Jul 1872 7 Dec 1958 91
Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 9th Earl of
Shaftesbury 31 Aug 1869 13 Apr 1886 25 Mar 1961 91
Sibell Lilian Mackenzie Blunt, Countess of
Cromartie in her own right (3rd in line) 14 Aug 1878 25 Feb 1895 20 May 1962 83
Mona Josephine Tempest Fitzalan-Howard,
Baroness Beaumont in her own right (11th
in line) 1 Aug 1894 1 Jun 1896 31 Aug 1971 77
George Loveden William Henry Parker, 7th
Earl of Macclesfield 24 May 1888 24 Jul 1896 20 Sep 1975 87
William Gaspard Guy Romilly, 4th Baron 
Romilly 8 Mar 1899 23 Jun 1905 29 Jun 1983 84
Joseph William Lionel Petre, 17th Baron Petre 5 Jun 1914 30 Sep 1915 1 Jan 1989 74
Michael John Hicks-Beach, 2nd Earl St.Aldwyn 9 Oct 1912 30 Apr 1916 29 Jan 1992 79
John Nicholas Horace Lysaght, 7th Baron Lisle 10 Aug 1903 25 Feb 1919 29 Dec 1997 94
George John Patrick Dominic Townshend, 7th
Marquess Townshend 13 May 1916 17 Nov 1921 23 Apr 2010 93
Edward John Barrington Douglas-Scott-
Montagu, 3rd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu 20 Oct 1926 30 Mar 1929 31 Aug 2015 88
John Charles Dodson, 3rd Baron Monk Bretton 17 Jul 1924 29 Jul 1933
Peers who enjoyed their peerages for the shortest length of time
Wilfred Carlyle Stamp, 2nd Baron Stamp, was killed in a German air-raid on London on 16 April 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 July 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
January 1896. He died the following day when the peerage became extinct after a life of only 1 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 June 1873. The title became extinct on his
death on 19 June 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 February 1977 and who died 24 days later on 3 March 1977.
At least three life peerages were announced where the intended recipients died before the creation
could be completed. It was announced on 26 June 1979 that John Emerson Harding Davies was to 
be made a life peer but he died on 4 July 1979 before the peerage was gazetted. Similarly, Dame
Shelagh Marjorie Roberts' life peerage was announced on 31 December 1991, but she died on 16
January 1992. Also, Sir David English's appointment as a peer was announced in June 1998 but he
died on 10 June.
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 April 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 June 1948. He was born on 9 July 1854 and was therefore 93 years
and 356 days old when he was made a peer. He died on 22 September 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 November 1999, at the age of 93 years and 346 days.