Earldom of Winterton
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Arms of the Earl Winterton
Arms of Turnour: Ermines, on a cross quarterly pierced argent four fers-de-molines sable. Crest: A Lion passant guardant argent holding in the dexter forepaw a fer-de-moline sable. Supporters: Dexter: On either side a lion argent, semée of fers-de-molines sable.
Creation date12 February 1766
Created byKing George III
PeeragePeerage of Ireland
First holderEdward Turnour, 1st Baron Winterton
Present holderDavid Turnour, 8th Earl Winterton
Heir presumptiveRobert Charles Turnour
Remainder toThe 1st Earls’ heirs male of the body lawfully begotten
Subsidiary titlesViscount Turnour
Baron Winterton
Former seat(s)Shillinglee
(To be, rather than seem)

Earl Winterton, in the County of Galway, is a title in the Peerage of Ireland. It was created in 1766 for Edward Turnour, 1st Baron Winterton, who represented Bramber in the House of Commons. Turnour had already been created Baron Winterton, of Gort in the County of Galway, in 1761,[1] and was made Viscount Turnour, of Gort in the County of Galway, at the same time as he was given the earldom.[2] These titles are also in the Peerage of Ireland. Born Edward Turnour Garth, Lord Winterton was the son of Joseph Garth and his wife Sarah (died 1744), daughter of Francis Gee and his wife Sarah, daughter of Sir Edward Turnour, Member of Parliament for Orford, elder son of Sir Edward Turnour, Speaker of the House of Commons from 1661 to 1671. His mother was sole heiress to the Turnor (or Turnour) estates and on her death in 1744 he assumed by Royal licence the surname of Turnour.

Lord Winterton's great-great-great-grandson (the titles having descended from father to son), the sixth Earl, was a Conservative politician. He represented Horsham in the House of Commons for almost fifty years and served as Under-Secretary of State for India and as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. In 1952 he was created Baron Turnour, of Shillinglee in the County of Sussex, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom.[3] This title became extinct on his death in 1962. He was succeeded in the Irish titles by his third cousin once removed, the seventh Earl, who lived in Canada, as does his nephew, the eighth Earl, who succeeded him in 1991. He is the eldest son of Noel Turnour, the seventh Earl's younger brother.

The ancestral seat of the Turnour family was Shillinglee, West Sussex.

Earls Winterton (1766)

The heir presumptive is the present holder's younger brother The Hon. Robert Charles Turnour (b. 1950)
The heir presumptive's heir presumptive is his younger brother The Hon. Murray John Turnour (b. 1951)
The heir presumptive's heir presumptive's heir apparent is his son Jonathan Winterton Behan Turnour (b. 1985)


  1. ^ "No. 10090". The London Gazette. 28 March 1761. p. 2.
  2. ^ "No. 10586". The London Gazette. 28 December 1765. p. 2.
  3. ^ "No. 39470". The London Gazette. 15 February 1952. p. 919.