Earldom of Courtown
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Arms of the Earl of Courtown
Stopford arms: Azure, semée of cross-crosslets three lozenges or; crest: A wyvern wings displayed vert; supporters: Dexter: On either side a stag proper collared chained and charged on the shoulder with a lozenge or.
Creation date12 April 1762
MonarchKing George III
PeeragePeerage of Ireland
First holderJames Stopford, 1st Baron Courtown
Present holderPatrick Stopford, 9th Earl of Courtown
Heir apparentJames Stopford, Viscount Stopford
Remainder toThe 1st Earls’ heirs male of the body lawfully begotten
Subsidiary titlesViscount Stopford
Baron Courtown
Baron Saltersford
Former seat(s)Courtown House
(Faithful to an unhappy country)

The Earl of Courtown, in the County of Wexford, is a title in the Peerage of Ireland.[1] It was created on 12 April 1762 for James Stopford, 1st Baron Courtown. He had previously represented County Wexford and Fethard in the Irish House of Commons. Stopford had already been created Baron Courtown, of Courtown in the County of Wexford, on 19 September 1758,[2] and was made Viscount Stopford at the same time he was given the earldom.[3] These titles are also in the Peerage of Ireland. He was succeeded by his eldest son, the second Earl.[4] He was a Tory politician and served under William Pitt the Younger as Treasurer of the Household from 1784 to 1793. On 7 June 1796 he was created Baron Saltersford, of Saltersford in the County Palatine of Chester, in the Peerage of Great Britain.[5] This title gave him and his descendants an automatic seat in the House of Lords.

His eldest son, the third Earl, was also a Tory politician. He succeeded his father as Treasurer of the Household and was also Captain of the Honourable Band of Gentlemen Pensioners for many years. He was succeeded by his third but eldest surviving son, the fourth Earl. He represented County Wexford in the House of Commons as a Tory. His only son from his first marriage, the fifth Earl, served as a Deputy Lieutenant of County Wexford. He was succeeded by his eldest son, the sixth Earl. He was Lord Lieutenant of County Wexford. His eldest son, the seventh Earl, was a major-general in the army and served as deputy assistant adjutant-general at the War Office from 1941 to 1947. As of 2014 the titles are held by the latter's grandson, the ninth Earl, who succeeded his father in 1975. Lord Courtown is one of the ninety elected hereditary peers that remain in the House of Lords after the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999, and sits as a Conservative.

Several other members of the Stopford family have also gained distinction, especially in the army and Royal Navy. The Hon. Edward Stopford (1732–1794), second son of the first Earl, was a lieutenant-general in the army. His son William Henry Stopford-Blair (1788–1868) was a colonel in the Royal Artillery. He added "Blair" to his name after receiving a substantial bequest from brother in law, James Blair[6] a prominent slave owner and anti-abolitionist activist.[7] The Hon. Sir Edward Stopford (1766–1837), second son of the second Earl, was a lieutenant-general in the army. The Hon. Sir Robert Stopford, third son of the second Earl, was an Admiral of the Red. His eldest son Robert Fanshawe Stopford (1811–1891) was an admiral in the Royal Navy and was the father of 1) Robert Wilbraham Stopford (1844–1911), a vice-admiral in the Royal Navy, 2) Arthur Bouverie Stopford (1845–1902), a colonel in the Royal Artillery and 3) Frederick George Stopford (1852–1928), a vice-admiral in the Royal Navy; while his second son James John Stopford (1817–1868) was a vice-admiral in the Royal Navy. Reverend the Hon. Richard Bruce Stopford (1774–1844), fourth son of the second Earl, was Canon of Windsor and Chaplain to Her Majesty Queen Victoria.

The Hon. Sir Montagu Stopford, fifth son of the third Earl, was a vice-admiral in the Royal Navy. His youngest son Sir Lionel Stopford was a colonel and honorary major-general in the Derby Regiment and Irish Guards. His eldest son Sir Montagu Stopford was a general in the Rifle Brigade. The Hon. Sir Frederick Stopford, second son from the second marriage of the fourth Earl,[8] was a lieutenant-general in the army. The Hon. Walter George Stopford (1855–1918), third son from the second marriage of the fourth Earl, was a rear-admiral in the Royal Navy.[citation needed] The Hon. Arthur Stopford (1879–1955), second son of the sixth Earl, was a vice-admiral in the Royal Navy. His son, Godfrey Vyvyan, married Marjorie Lupton in 1934.[9][10][11]

The family seat was Courtown House, near Gorey, County Wexford.

Earls of Courtown (1762)


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  2. ^ "No. 9819". The London Gazette. 22 August 1758. p. 1.
  3. ^ "No. 10194". The London Gazette. 27 March 1762. p. 2.
  4. ^ "STOPFORD, James, 2nd Earl of Courtown [I] (1731-1810)". historyofparliament.com.
  5. ^ "No. 13897". The London Gazette. 31 May 1796. p. 527.
  6. ^ M'Kerlie, Peter Handyside (1870). History of the Lands and Their Owners in Galloway. Vol. 1. Edinburgh: William Paterson. p. 309.
  7. ^ Ryden D. (2015) The Society of West India Planters and Merchants in the Age of Emancipation, c.1816-35, Economic History Society Annual Conference, University of Wolverhampton, accessed 5 January 2016
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  9. ^ "Vice-Adml. The Hon. Arthur Stopford". The Times. London. 27 May 1955. p. 14. Retrieved 2 December 2012. (subscription required)
  10. ^ "ROMANCE OF EARL'S NEPHEW". Dundee Evening Telegraph. Angus, Scotland. 5 April 1934. Retrieved 13 September 2015. ROMANCE OF EARL'S NEPHEW People in the News MR G. V. STOPFORD ENGAGED The engagement is announced to-day between Godfrey Vyvyan Stopford, son of Vice-Admiral the Hon. Arthur Stopford and Mrs Charles Craig, and Marjorie, daughter of Mr and Mrs A. C. Lupton,...
  11. ^ Venn, John (15 September 2011). Alumni Cantabrigienses: A Biographical List of All Known Students, Graduates and Holders of Office at the University of Cambridge. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781108036146. Retrieved 13 September 2015. ...at TRINITY, June 13, 1893. (Alan Cecil was) the son of Alan [J.P.] of Scarcroft, near Leeds. (Alan Cecil Lupton was) Born. 1873, at Leeds. School, Eton. Matric. Michs. 1893. J.P. for the North Riding of Yorks., 1907—44. Served in the Great War, 1914—19