Earl of Granard is a title in the Peerage of Ireland. It was created in 1684 for Arthur Forbes, 1st Viscount Granard. He was a lieutenant-general in the army and served as Marshal of the Army in Ireland after the Restoration and was later Lord Justice of Ireland. He had already succeeded his father as second Baronet of Castle Forbes and been created Baron Clanehugh and Viscount Granard in 1675, also in the Peerage of Ireland. The baronetcy, of Castle Forbes in county Longford, was created in the Baronetage of Nova Scotia on 29 September 1628 for his father, Arthur Forbes.[1]

The first Earl's grandson, the third Earl, was an admiral in the Royal Navy. He was summoned to the Irish House of Lords through a writ of acceleration as Lord Forbes in his father's lifetime. He was succeeded by his son, the fourth Earl. He was a lieutenant-general in the Army. His grandson, the sixth Earl, was a general in the Army. In 1806 he was created Baron Granard, of Castle Donington in the County of Leicester, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. This title gave the Earls an automatic seat in the House of Lords until the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999. On his death the titles passed to his grandson, the seventh Earl. He notably served as Lord Lieutenant of County Leitrim from 1856 to 1872. His son, the eighth Earl, was a soldier and Liberal politician. Lord Granard held junior office in the Liberal administrations of Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman and H. H. Asquith and was also a member of the Senate of Southern Ireland and of the Senate of the Irish Free State.[2] As of 2014 the titles are held by his grandson, the tenth Earl, who succeeded his uncle in 1992.[3]

The invented title of Viscount Forbes is used as a courtesy title for the Earl's heir apparent.[4]

The family seat is Castle Forbes, near Newtownforbes, County Longford.

Forbes baronets, of Castle Forbes (1628)

Viscount Granard (1675)

Earl of Granard (1684)

Bookplate by Henry Badeley showing the coat of arms and motto of Forbes, Earl of Granard

The heir apparent is the present holder's son, Jonathan Peter Hastings Forbes, Viscount Forbes (born 1981).[4]

Family tree

See also


  1. ^ Hesilrige, Arthur G. M. (1921). Debrett's Peerage and Titles of courtesy. 160A, Fleet street, London, UK: Dean & Son. p. 416.((cite book)): CS1 maint: location (link)
  2. ^ Hesilrige 1921, p. 416.
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages [self-published source] [better source needed]
  4. ^ a b Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990.
  5. ^ "John Forbes - The Lord Who Wasn't". Retrieved 15 November 2023.
  6. ^ "Forbes of Corse". Register. The Times. No. 74045. London. 16 March 2023. col 5, p. 55.