Peerage of Ireland


Peerage of Ireland

The Peerage of Ireland is the term used for those peers created by British monarchs in their capacity as Lord or King of Ireland. This practice ended with the creation of the Irish Free State in 1922. Before 1801, Irish Peers had the right to sit in the Irish House of Lords, but after the Union in 1801, Irish peers elected 28 representative peers to the House of Lords (see List of Irish representative peers). The modern state of Ireland does not confer peerages.

Irish Peerages continued to be created for some time after 1801 as a way of creating peerages which did not grant a seat in the House of Lords, although the treaty of Union placed restrictions on them: three had to go extinct before one could be granted, at least until there were only 100 Irish peerages. The last to be granted was for Lord Curzon in 1898.

The ranks of the Irish peerage are Duke, Marquess, Earl, Viscount and Baron.

In the following table of the Peerage of Ireland as it currently stands, each peer's highest titles in each of the other Peerages (if any) are also listed.

Dukes in the Peerage of Ireland

Viscounts in the Peerage of Ireland

Barons in the Peerage of Ireland

Note that in Ireland, "barony" may also refer to an obsolete political subdivision of a county. There is no connection between such a barony and the noble title of baron.


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