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Earldom of Tankerville

Arms of Bennett, Earls of Tankerville: Gules, three demi-lions rampant, argent, and in the centre point a bezant.[1]
Creation date1418 (first creation)
1695 (second creation)
1714 (third creation)
Created byHenry V (first creation)
William III (second creation)
George I (third creation)
PeeragePeerage of Great Britain
First holderJohn Grey, 1st Earl of Tankerville
Present holderPeter Bennett, 10th Earl of Tankerville
Heir presumptiveAdrian Bennett
Subsidiary titlesBaron Ossulton
Extinction date1459 (first creation)
1701 (second creation)
Former seat(s)Chillingham Castle
MottoDe bon vouloir servir le roy
("To serve the king with good will")[1]
Bookplate showing the arms of the Earls of Tankerville (third creation): Gules, a bezant between three demi lions rampant argent. Crest – A double scaling ladder or. Another crest – Out of a mural crown or, a lion's head gules on the neck a bezant. Supporters – Two lions argent ducally crowned or, each charged on the shoulder with a torteau. Motto – De bon vouloir servir le roy.[2]

Earl of Tankerville is a noble title drawn from Tancarville in Normandy. The title has been created three times: twice in the Peerage of England, and once (in 1714) in the Peerage of Great Britain for Charles Bennet, 2nd Baron Ossulston.[3] His father, John Bennett, 1st Baron Ossulston, was the elder brother of Henry Bennett, 1st Earl of Arlington. The family seat was Chillingham Castle in Northumberland.

The Earl of Tankerville holds the subsidiary title of Baron Ossulston, of Ossulston in the County of Middlesex (1682), in the Peerage of England.[3]

Arms of John Grey, 1st Earl of Tankerville

Earls of Tankerville, First Creation (1418)

Earls of Tankerville, Second Creation (1695)

Barons Ossulston (1682)

Earls of Tankerville, Third Creation (1714)

The present earl lives in West London. His cousin Adrian George Bennett (b. 1958) is heir presumptive.

Line of succession
  • Charles Bennett, 8th Earl of Tankerville (1897–1971)
    • Charles Bennett, 9th Earl of Tankerville (1921–1980)
      • Peter Bennett, 10th Earl of Tankerville (born 1956)
    • Rev. Hon. George Arthur Grey Bennet (1925–2001)
      • (1). Adrian George Bennet (born 1958)
      • (2). Neil Robert Bennet (born 1961)


See also


  1. ^ a b Debrett's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage, and Companionage. London: Debrett's. 1876. p. 462. Retrieved 9 October 2017 – via Internet Archive.
  2. ^ Burke, Bernard (9 October 1884). "The general armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales; comprising a registry of armorial bearings from the earliest to the present time". London: Harrison & Sons. p. 70. Retrieved 9 October 2017 – via Internet Archive.
  3. ^ a b c "Tankerville, Earl of (GB, 1714)". Cracroft's Peerage. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  4. ^ Morris, Susan; Bosberry-Scott, Wendy; Belfield, Gervase, eds. (2019). "Tankerville, Earl of". Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage. Vol. 1 (150th ed.). London: Debrett's Ltd. pp. 3355–3357. ISBN 978-1-999767-0-5-1.