Earldom of Listowel
Arms of the Earl of Listowel
Arms: Gules, two Bars Or, a Chief indented Or. Crest: A Demi-Lion couped Argent, ducally gorged Or. Supporters: On either side a Dragon wings elevated Ermine, armed and langued Gules.
Creation date5 February 1822
Created byGeorge IV
PeeragePeerage of Ireland
First holderWilliam Hare, 1st Viscount Ennismore and Listowel
Present holderFrancis Hare, 6th Earl of Listowel
Heir presumptiveThe Hon. Timothy Hare
Subsidiary titlesViscount Ennismore and Listowel
Baron Ennismore
Baron Hare (UK)
Former seat(s)Convamore House
(Latin for 'I hate whatever is profane')

Earl of Listowel (pronounced "Lish-toe-ell") is a title in the Peerage of Ireland.[1] It was created in 1822 for William Hare, 1st Viscount Ennismore and Listowel, who had earlier represented Cork City and Athy in the Irish House of Commons.

He had already been created Baron Ennismore, of Ennismore in the County of Kerry, in 1800,[2] and Viscount Ennismore and Listowel, in 1816,[3] also in the Peerage of Ireland. His grandson, the second Earl, represented Kerry and St Albans in the British House of Commons. He was succeeded by his eldest son, the third Earl. In 1869 he was created Baron Hare, of Convamore in the County of Cork, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, which gave him an automatic seat in the House of Lords.[4] Lord Listowel later held minor office in the second administration of William Ewart Gladstone. His grandson, the fifth Earl, was a Labour politician and notably served as the last Secretary of State for India and Burma.[citation needed]

As of 2017 the titles are held by the latter's eldest son, the sixth Earl, who succeeded in 1997. Lord Listowel 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 cross-bencher.[citation needed]

Another member of the family was the Conservative politician the 1st Viscount Blakenham (1911–1982). He was the third son of the fourth Earl.[citation needed]

Listowel is a town in the north of County Kerry in the south-west of Ireland. The family seat was formerly Convamore House, near Ballyhooly in County Cork.[citation needed]

Earl of Listowel (1822)

The heir presumptive is the present holder's brother, Hon. Timothy Patrick Hare (born 1966).

The next in line is the present holder's cousin Caspar John Hare, 3rd Viscount Blakenham (born 1972), a philosophy professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has a son, the Hon. Inigo Hare.

Line of succession

See also


  1. ^ "No. 17781". The London Gazette. 12 January 1822. p. 60.
  2. ^ "No. 15281". The London Gazette. 5 August 1800. p. 889.
  3. ^ "No. 17104". The London Gazette. 30 January 1816. p. 173.
  4. ^ "No. 23559". The London Gazette. 26 November 1869. p. 645.

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