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Earldom of Plymouth
Arms of the Earl of Plymouth
Arms of Windsor-Clive: Quarterly: 1st & 4th, Argent, on a Fess Sable, three Mullets Or (Clive); 2nd & 3rd, Gules, a Saltire Argent, between twelve Crosses-Crosslet Or (Windsor). Crests: 1st: a Griffin statant Argent, ducally gorged Gules (Clive). 2nd: a Stag's Head affrontée, couped at the neck Argent, attired Or (Windsor). Supporters: On either side a Unicorn Argent, armed, maned, tufted and unguled Or.
Creation date18 December 1905 (3rd Creation)
Created byKing Edward VII
PeeragePeerage of the United Kingdom
First holderRobert Windsor-Clive, 1st Earl of Plymouth
Present holderIvor Windsor-Clive, 4th Earl of Plymouth
Heir apparentRobert Windsor-Clive, Viscount Windsor
Remainder tothe 1st Earl's heirs male of the body lawfully begotten
Subsidiary titlesViscount Windsor
Baron Windsor
(I trust in God)
Robert Windsor-Clive, 1st Earl of Plymouth

Earl of Plymouth is a title that has been created three times: twice in the Peerage of England and once in the Peerage of the United Kingdom.


Windsor-Clive family plot in the cemetery of St Bartholomew's church, Tardebigge, Worcestershire. Robert, 1st Earl of Plymouth (1857–1923), and his family are buried here.

The first creation was in 1675 for Charles FitzCharles, one of the dozens of illegitimate children of King Charles II and one of a few by his mistress Catherine Pegge. He died without heirs in 1680, and the title became extinct.

The second creation came in 1682 in favour of Thomas Hickman-Windsor, 7th Baron Windsor. The family descends from Sir Andrew Windsor, who fought at the Battle of the Spurs in 1513, where he was knighted. In 1529 he was summoned to Parliament as Baron Windsor, of Stanwell in the County of Buckingham. His grandson, Edward, the third Baron, fought at the Battle of St Quentin in 1557. Edward's elder son Frederick, the fourth Baron, died unmarried at an early age and was succeeded by his younger brother, Henry. The latter's son, Thomas, the sixth Baron, was a Rear-Admiral in the Royal Navy. On Thomas's death in 1641, the barony fell into abeyance between his sisters.

The abeyance was terminated in 1660 in favour of his nephew, Thomas Hickman. He was the son of Elizabeth Windsor, and her husband Dixie Hickman, and assumed the additional surname of Windsor as 7th Baron. He notably served as Governor of Jamaica and as Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire. In 1682, he was created Earl of Plymouth in the Peerage of England, a higher title of nobility. He was succeeded by his grandson Other, who notably served as Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, Denbigh and Flint. His grandson and namesake, Other, the fourth Earl, was Lord Lieutenant of Glamorganshire.

On the death of fourth Earl's childless grandson, Other, the sixth Earl, in 1833, the barony and earldom separated. The barony fell into abeyance between his sisters Lady Maria Windsor, wife of Arthur Hill, 3rd Marquess of Downshire, and Lady Harriet Windsor, wife of Robert Clive, second son of Edward Clive, 1st Earl of Powis (see below for further history of the barony and Earl of Powis for earlier history of the Clive family). The sixth Earl was succeeded in the earldom by his uncle, Andrew, the seventh Earl. The seventh Earl died unmarried and was succeeded by his younger brother, Henry, the eighth Earl. The eighth Earl was childless and on his death in 1843 the earldom became extinct. The barony of Windsor remained in abeyance until 1855 when the abeyance was terminated in favour of Lady Harriet Windsor-(Clive)[clarification needed], who became the thirteenth Baroness. The same year she re-assumed by Royal licence her maiden surname, as a first barrel of her name. Her eldest son Robert Windsor-Clive predeceased her and she was succeeded by her grandson, Robert, the fourteenth Baron, who was a prominent Conservative politician and held office as Paymaster General and First Commissioner of Works.

In 1905 the earldom of Plymouth was revived in the third creation when Robert was created Viscount Windsor, of St Fagans in the County of Glamorgan, and Earl of Plymouth, in the County of Devon.[1] These titles were in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. The first Earl was succeeded by his second and only surviving son, Ivor, the second Earl, who was also a Conservative politician and served as Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms, Under-Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs, Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies and Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs. Ivor's eldest son, Other, the third Earl, succeeded in 1943 and died on 7 March 2018 when he was succeeded by his own son, Ivor, the present fourth Earl. As a male-line descendant of the first Earl of Powis in its present creation the Earl is a far heir-in-remainder to that peerage and its subsidiary titles.

Another member of the family was Thomas Windsor, younger son of Thomas Hickman-Windsor, 1st Earl of Plymouth, who was elevated to the new title Viscount Windsor in 1699. After the death of his son, the second Viscount, the title was extinct for 38 years from 1758. However his daughter and heiress, Charlotte Jane, married John Stuart, 4th Earl of Bute and the title "of" Windsor was revived in 1796 ( Earl of Windsor) as a (courtesy) style for the Marquess of Bute (the first subsidiary title is Earl of Dumfries since 1803 when this title, created in 1633, was inherited by the second Marquess).

The family seat was Hewell Grange, Worcestershire. Later residences are Oakly Park, Bromfield near Ludlow, Shropshire, and a house in London W8.[2]

'Other' (pronounced ǒðer), a customary male forename for Earls of Plymouth, derives from medieval writings of earlier oral traditions regarding a Saxon ancestor 'Otho' or 'Othere' of the Hickman-Windsor family.

Earl of Plymouth, first creation (1675)

Earl of Plymouth, second and third creations

Baron Windsor (1529)

Monument (now lost) to Henry Windsor, 5th Baron Windsor (1562–1605), St Bartholomew's Church, Tardebigge, Worcestershire

Earl of Plymouth (1682)

Baron Windsor (1529; reverted)

Earl of Plymouth (1905)

Arms of Robert Windsor-Clive, 1st Earl of Plymouth (1857–1923)

Present peer

Ivor Edward Other Windsor-Clive, 4th Earl of Plymouth (born 19 November 1951), is the eldest son of the 3rd Earl and his wife Caroline Helen Rice. He has a sister, Lady Emma (born 1954), and two brothers, Simon Percy (born 1956) and David Justin (born 1960). Known as Viscount Windsor from birth, he was educated at Harrow School and the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester. In 1973 he was co-founder of the Centre for Modern Art and was its director until 1976. In 2003 he lived at 6 Oakley Street, Chelsea, London. On 7 March 2018 he succeeded his father to the peerages.[4]

On 6 July 1979, as Lord Windsor, he married Caroline Anne Nettlefold, daughter of Frederick Nettleford and Juliana Eveline Curzon, a daughter of Richard Curzon, 2nd Viscount Scarsdale.[4]

Family tree

Seat and published probate wealth

The second earl died, seized of St Fagans Castle, in 1943. His probate was sworn the next year at £1,204,429 (equivalent to about £57,600,000 in 2021).[5] The castle went (by gift) to the National Museum of Wales, becoming one of its key sites from his wife's death in 1947 (leading to his double probate) whereby the total assets amounted to £1,824,359 (equivalent to about £87,300,000 in 2021).[5]

See also


  1. ^ "No. 27865". The London Gazette. 19 December 1905. p. 9084.
  2. ^ "Plymouth, 4th Earl of, (Ivor Edward Other Windsor-Clive) (born 19 Nov. 1951)." WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO. 1 Dec. 2007; Accessed 1 Aug. 2020.
  3. ^ PLYMOUTH, EARL – Death Notices – Shropshire Star Announcements
  4. ^ a b c d e f Burkes Peerage, volume 3 (2003), p. 3152.
  5. ^ a b Calendar of Probates and Administrations