Earldom of Mexborough
Arms of the Earl Winterton
Arms of Savile: Argent, on a bend sable three owls guardant close of the field; Crest: An owl guardant close argent; Supporters: On either side a lion proper collared and chained or
Creation date11 February 1766
Created byKing George III
PeeragePeerage of Ireland
First holderJohn Savile, 1st Baron Pollington
Present holderJohn Savile, 8th Earl of Mexborough
Heir presumptiveJohn Savile, Viscount Pollington
Remainder toThe 1st Earls’ heirs male of the body lawfully begotten
Subsidiary titlesViscount Pollington
Baron Pollington
Seat(s)Arden Hall
Former seat(s)Methley Hall
John Savile, 1st Earl of Mexborough, with his wife and son.

Earl of Mexborough, of Lifford in the County of Donegal, is a title in the Peerage of Ireland. It was created on 11 February 1766 for John Savile, 1st Baron Pollington, Member of Parliament for Hedon and New Shoreham. He had already been created Baron Pollington, of Longford in the County of Longford, on 8 November 1753,[1] and was made Viscount Pollington, of Ferns in the County of Wexford, at the same time as he was given the earldom.[2] These titles are also in the Peerage of Ireland. He was succeeded by his eldest son, the second Earl. He represented Lincoln in the House of Commons. His son, the third Earl, was Member of Parliament for Pontefract for many years. On his death the titles passed to his son, the fourth Earl. He represented Gatton and Pontefract in Parliament as a Conservative. His son, the fifth Earl, was High Sheriff of Yorkshire in 1877. He was succeeded by his half-brother, the sixth Earl. As of 2018 the titles are held by the latter's grandson, the eighth Earl, who succeeded his father in 1980.

Despite their territorial designations and the fact that they are in the Peerage of Ireland, all three titles refer to places in England, namely Mexborough and Pollington in Yorkshire.

The current seat of the Earls of Mexborough is Arden Hall, near Hawnby, in Yorkshire. The estate was purchased by the family in 1897. Previously the family had lived at Methley Hall , which was demolished in 1958. John Horace Savile, 5th Earl of Mexborough, also built Castle Devachan in San Remo, the site of the 1920 San Remo conference.[3] The former Bishop's House at Eltofts, Thorner, near Leeds, was the Dower House of the Earls of Mexborough.[4]

Earls of Mexborough (1766)

Present peer

John Christopher George Savile, 8th Earl of Mexborough (born 16 May 1931) is the son of the 7th Earl and his wife Josephine Bertha Emily Fletcher. Styled formally as Viscount Pollington from 1945 on, he was educated at Eton College and Worcester College, Oxford, then was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the Grenadier Guards.[5]

On 15 July 1980, he succeeded his father as Earl of Mexborough (1766), Viscount Pollington of Ferns (1766), Baron Pollington of Longford (1753), all in the peerage of Ireland, so did not gain a seat in the House of Lords.[5]

On 30 May 1958, he married firstly Lady Elizabeth Harriot Grimston, daughter of John Grimston, 6th Earl of Verulam; they were divorced in 1972, after having two children:[5]

On 5 June 1972, he married secondly Catherine Joyce Hope, daughter of James Kenneth Hope and Mary Joyce Orlebar, and with her had two more children:[5]



  1. ^ "No. 9300". The London Gazette. 8 September 1753. p. 1.
  2. ^ "No. 10586". The London Gazette. 28 December 1765. p. 2.
  3. ^ "Castello Devachan - Imperia - Historischer Reiseführer".
  4. ^ Historic England. "THE BISHOP'S HOUSE (1265220)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 23 December 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d Burke's Peerage, volume 2, 2003, page 2673