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Erne, Earl (I, 1789)


Creation:let. pat. 19 Aug 1789


Family name:Crichton




Argent a Lion rampant Azure


A Dragon's Head couped Vert emitting fire from the mouth and ears proper


On either side a Lion Azure each crowned with an Earl's Coronet proper


God Send Grace



John [Crichton], 2nd Baron Erne later 1st Viscount Erne later 1st Earl Erne, PC

1st son of Abraham [Crichton], 1st Baron Erne, by his first wife Elizabeth Rogerson, 1st dau. of Rt Hon Sir John Rogerson MP, Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench



mar. (1)

25 Feb 1761 Catherine Howard (d. 15 Jun 1775), sister of Ralph [Howard], 1st Viscount Wicklow, and 2nd dau. of Rt Rev Robert Howard DD, Bishop of Elphin, by his wife Patience Boleyne, dau. and sole hrss. of Godfrey Boleyne, of Fennor, co. Meath

children by first wife

1. Hon Abraham Crichton, later 2nd Earl Erne

2. Lt Col Hon John Crichton, Governor of Hurst Castle (b. 28 Jun 1772; d. 10 May 1833), mar. 9 Dec 1797 Jane Weldon (bur. 30 Nov 1849), 2nd dau. of Walter Weldon, and had issue:

1a. John Crichton, later 3rd Earl Erne

2a. Maj Hon Henry Crichton, granted the style and precedence of the younger son of an Earl by Royal Warrant Aug 1842 (b. 1 Oct 1804; dsp. 23 Feb 1864), mar. 24 Jul 1849 Elizabeth Hawkshaw (dsp. 30 Oct 1860), yst. dau. of Lt Col ..... Hawkshaw, of Divernagh, co. Armagh

3a. Lt Col Hon Samuel Crichton, granted the style and precedence of the younger son of an Earl by Royal Warrant Aug 1842 (b. 9 Jan 1911; d. 9 Apr 1863)

1a. Jane Anne Crichton (b. 19 Oct 1798; dvp. 19 May 1828), mar. 20 Aug 1820 Robert Fowler, of Rahinston, co. Meath (d. 6 Feb 1863), 1st son of Rt Rev Robert Fowler DD, Bishop of Ossory, and had issue

2a. Lady Catherine Crichton, granted the style and precedence of the daughter of an Earl by Royal Warrant Aug 1842 (b. 5 Feb 1800; dsp. 14 Oct 1860), mar. 31 May 1825 Rev Francis Saunderson Rural Dean and Rector of Kildallon (dsp. 22 Dec 1873)

3a. Lady Helen Crichton, granted the style and precedence of the daughter of an Earl by Royal Warrant Aug 1842 (b. 26 Jun 1801; d. 11 Jan 1875)

4a. Lady Charlotte Crichton, granted the style and precedence of the daughter of an Earl by Royal Warrant Aug 1842 (b. 22 Nov 1805; d. 28 Mar 1895)

5a. Lady Mary Crichton, granted the style and precedence of the daughter of an Earl by Royal Warrant Aug 1842 (b. 22 Nov 1808; dsp. 7 Nov 1898), mar. 17 Jan 1856 Rev John H King, incumbent of Dungannon, co. Tyrone (dsp. 17 Aug 1879)

1. Lady Elizabeth Crichton (b. 20 Jun 1762; d. 28 Jan 1794), mar. 19 May 1783 James King (d. 23 Mar 1833), 6th son of Gilbert King MP, of Charlestown, co. Roscommon, High Sheriff of co. Sligo 1744 and of co. Leitrim 1767, by his wife Anne Parke, dau. of Roger Parke, of Dunalley, co. Sligo, and had issue

2. Hon Patience Crichton (b. 24 Jan 1764; dvp. 1783)

3. Lady Catherine Crichton (b. Apr 1766; d. 25 Nov 1833)

4. Hon Mellora Crichton (b. 21 Mar 1768; dvp. Nov 1784)

mar. (2)

22 Feb 1776 Lady Mary Caroline Hervey (d. 10 Jan 1842), 1st dau. of Frederick Augustus [Hervey], 4th Earl of Bristol, by his wife Elizabeth Davers, 2nd dau. of Sir Jermyn Davers, 4th Bt. MP, of Rougham, co. Suffolk

only child by second wife

2. Lady Elizabeth Caroline Mary Crichton (b. 5 Mar 1779; d. 23 Apr 1856), mar. 30 Mar 1799 James Archibald [Stuart later Stuart-Wortley later Stuart-Wortley-Mackenzie], 1st Baron Wharncliffe, and had issue


15 Sep 1828


6 Jan 1781 Viscount Erne, of Crom Castle in the County of Fermanagh

19 Aug 1789 Earl Erne, of Crom Castle in the County of Fermanagh

suc. by

son by first wife


Member of Parliament for Lifford 1761-72; Storekeeper of the Irish Ordnance 1768-75; suc. his father 5 Jun 1772 as 2nd Baron Erne; a Governor of co. Fermanagh 1772-1828; a Representative Peer for Ireland 1801-28; Privy Councillor [I] 1804


Abraham [Crichton], 2nd Earl Erne


10 May 1765


10 Jun 1842

suc. by



Member of Parliament for Lifford 1790-97


John [Crichton], 3rd Earl Erne, KP


30 Jul 1802


6 Jul 1837 Selina Griselda Beresford (b. Dec 1804; d. 6 Sep 1884), 2nd dau. of Rev Charles Cobbe Beresford, Rector of Termonmaguirk, co. Tyrone, by his wife Amelia Montgomery, 3rd dau. by his second wife of Sir William Montgomery, 1st Bt., of Magbiehill, co. Peebles


1. Hon John Henry Crichton, later 4th Earl Erne

2. Col Hon Charles Frederick Crichton DL, of Mullaboden, co. Kildare (b. Nov 1841; d. 20 Aug 1918), mar. 2 Jan 1873 Lady Madeline Olivia Susan Taylour (d. 27 Jan 1876), 1st dau. of Thomas [Taylour], 3rd Marquess of Headfort, by his first wife Amelia Thompson, only child of William Thompson MP, of Underley Hall, co. Westmorland, Lord Mayor of London 1828, and had issue

3. Lt Col Hon Sir Henry George Louis Crichton KCB, ADC to King Edward VII (b. 7 Apr 1844; d. 10 May 1922), mar. (1) 17 Aug 1869 Letitia Grace Cole-Hamilton (d. 13 Jan 1888), 3rd dau. of Maj Arthur Willoughby Cole-Hamilton DL, of Beltrim, co. Tyrone, by his wife Emilia Katherine Beresford, dau. of Rev Charles Cobbe Beresford, and (2) 29 Jan 1890 Lady Emma Baring CI CBE (d. 17 Jan 1936), only dau. of Thomas George [Baring], 1st Earl of Northbrook, by his wife Elizabeth Harriet Sturt, sister of Henry Gerard [Sturt], 1st Baron Alington, and 3rd dau. of Henry Charles Sturt, of Crichel, co. Dorset, and had issue by his first wife

1. Lady Louisa Anne Catherine Crichton (b. 27 May 1838; dvp. 29 Aug 1866)


3 Oct 1885


13 Jan 1876 Baron Fermanagh, of Lisnaskea in the County of Fermanagh (Peerage of the United Kingdom)

suc. by



High Sheriff of co. Fermanagh 1827 and of co. Donegal 1831; Lord Lieutenant of Co. Fermanagh 1840-85; a Representative Peer (Conservative) for Ireland 1845-85; Knight of St Patrick 1868


John Henry [Crichton], 4th Earl Erne, KP PC


16 Oct 1839


28 Dec 1870 Lady Florence Mary Cole (b. 5 Aug 1849; d. 23 Mar 1924), 2nd dau. of William Willoughby [Cole], 3rd Earl of Enniskillen, by his first wife Jane Casamaijor, dau. of James Archibald Casamaijor HEICS


1. Hon Henry William Crichton MVO DSO, styled Viscount Crichton (b. 30 Sep 1872; dvp. in action 31 Oct 1914), mar. 10 Jun 1903 Lady Mary Cavendish Grosvenor (b. 12 May 1883; mar. (2) Apr 1918 Col Hon Algernon Francis Stanley DSO, 7th son of Frederick Arthur [Stanley], 16th Earl of Derby;  d. 14 Jan 1959), 1st dau. of Hugh Lupus [Grosvenor], 1st Duke of Westminster, by his second wife Hon Katherine Caroline Cavendish, 3rd dau. of William George [Cavendish], 2nd Baron Chesham, and had issue:

1a. Hon George David Hugh Crichton, styled Baron Fermanagh (b. 12 May 1904; dvp. 18 May 1904)

2a. Hon John Henry George Crichton, later 5th Earl Erne

1a. Lady (Mary) Kathleen Crichton DCVO, Mistress of the Robes to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother 1964-90, granted the style and precedence of the daughter of an Earl by Royal Warrant 29 Sep 1920 (b. 8 Jul 1905 ; d. 2 Feb 1990), mar. 9 Feb 1928 James Edward [Hamilton], 4th Duke of Abercorn, and had issue

2. Col Hon Sir George Arthur Charles Crichton GCVO, Comptroller Lord Chamberlain's Department 1920-36, Extra Equerry to King George V 1935-36, King Edward VIII 1936, and King George VI 1936-52, Registrar and Secretary Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood (b. 6 Sep 1874; d. 5 Mar 1952), mar. 11 Jun 1913 Lady Mary Augusta Dawson (b. 13 Jul 1887; d. 23 Jul 1861), 2nd dau. of Vesey [Dawson], 2nd Earl of Dartrey, by his wife Julia Georgiana Sarah Wombwell, 1st dau. of Sir George Orby Wombwell, 4th Bt., of Coxwold, and had issue:

1a. Maj David George Crichton LVO, journalist and diplomat, Consul-General in Nice 1970-74 and Her Majesty's Representative in Monaco (b. 31 Jul 1914; d. 22 Jan 1997), mar. (1) 9 Aug 1941 Joan ("Susie") Fenella Cleaver (d. in a car crash 1992), dau. of Lt Col Douglas Whyte Cleaver DSO, of Park Palace, Monte Carlo, Monaco, and (2) 1994 Betty Hughes-Onslow, widow of Andrew George Hughes-Onslow and dau. of Col M G Lee, of Christchurch, New Zealand, and had issue by his first wife:

1b. Charles David Blayney Crichton, heir presumptive to the Earldom of Erne (b. 31 Oct 1953), mar. (1) Nicola Sian Berry, 2nd dau. of W/Cdr Peter E Berry DFC RAF, of Loxley Cottage, Little Bookham, co. Surrey, and (2) 1988 Harriet E Monier-Williams, 2nd dau. of Martin Monier-Williams, of Burrell House, Chiffingfold, co. Surrey, and has issue by his second wife:

1c. Oliver Charles Martin Crichton (b. 1995)

1c. Jessica Eloise Crichton (b. 1991)

2c. Flora Susie Crichton (b. 1993)

1b. Fenella Jane Crichton (b. 9 Jan 1948), mar. (1) 23 Oct 1969 (div. 1974) Hon Anthony Henry Amherst Cecil (b. 1 Apr 1947), 2nd son of William Alexander Evering [Cecil], 3rd Baron Amherst of Hackney, by his wife Eirene Margaret Clifton Brown, 3rd dau. of Brig Gen Howard Clifton Brown MP, of Holmbush, Fay Gate, co. Sussex, and (2) 1978 John Ernest, and has issue by her second husband

2a. Col Richard John Vesey Crichton CVO MC, of Derwent House, Hartley Witney, co. Hampshire, Member of the Corps of the Honourable Gentlemen-at-Arms 1966-86 (b. 2 Nov 1916), mar. 15 Jul 1948 Yvonne Avril Catherine Oliver, forner wife of Kenneth Lindsay Oliver and yst. dau. of Dr Harry Edward Worthington, of Birchington, co. Kent, and has issue

3a. Maj Patrick Henry Douglas Crichton OBE, Page of Honour to King George V 1932-36 (b. 16 Aug 1919; d. 19...), mar. 1 Oct 1948 Gillian Moyra Cadogan (b. 4 Feb 1922; d. 3 Sep 1998), 3rd dau. of Rt Hon Sir Alexander George Montagu Cadogan OM GCMG KCB (by his wife Lady Theodosia Louisa Augusta Acheson, 3rd dau. of Archibald Brabazon Sparrow [Acheson], 4th Earl of Gosford), 7th son by his first wife of George Henry [Cadogan], 5th Earl Cadogan, and had issue

1a. Barbara Mary Cynthia Crichton (b. 19 Jul 1922; d. 1992 in the same car crash as her sister-in-law Mrs David Crichton), mar. 14 Jun 1947 Lt Col Alastair Malcolm Nicholson, of Tundry House, Dogmersfield, co. Hampshire, 2nd son of Lt Col Malcolm Nicholson OBE, of Springhill, Mortimer West End, co. Berkshire, and had issue

2a. Mary Bridget Anne Crichton (b. 13 Apr 1927), mar. 30 Jun 1951 Maj John William Burke Cole JP DL, of The Little Barn, West Woodhay, co. Berkshire, 1st son of Lt Col John James  Burke Cole OBE MC, and has issue

3. Capt Hon Arthur Owen Crichton (b. 15 Aug 1876; d. 11 Jul 1970), mar. 13 Jun 1906 Katherine Helen Elizabeth Trefusis (b. 25 Jun 1881; d. 12 Apr 1964), 3rd dau. of Col Hon Walter Rodolph Trefusis CB (by his wife and second cousin Lady Mary Charlotte Montagu-Douglas-Scott, 3rd dau. of Walter Francis [Montagu-Scott later Montagu-Douglas-Scott], 5th Duke of Buccleuch), 3rd son of Charles Rodolph [Trefusis], 19th Baron Clinton, and had issue

4. Capt Hon James Archibald Crichton DSO (b. 8 Dec 1877; d. 3 Aug 1956)

1. Lady Evelyn Louisa Selina Crichton (b. 21 Jul 1879; dsp. 4 May 1955), mar. 7 Nov 1899 Lieut Hon Gerald Ernest Francis Ward MVO, served in the Boer War 1899-1900 and World War I (b. 9 Nov 1877; dsp. 30 Oct 1914), 6th son of William [Ward], 1st Earl of Dudley, by his second wife Georgina Elizabeth Moncreiffe, 3rd dau. of Sir Thomas Moncreiffe of that Ilk, 7th Bt.

2. Lady Mabel Florence Mary Crichton MBE (b. 31 Mar 1882; d. 15 Aug 1944), mar. (1) 21 Apr 1906 Capt Lord Hugh William Grosvenor (b. 6 Apr 1884;  d. 30 Oct 1914), 1st son of Hugh Lupus [Grosvenor], 1st Duke of Westminster, by his second wife and second cousin Hon Katherine Caroline Cavendish CBE, 3rd dau. of William George [Cavendish], 2nd Baron Chesham , and (2) 29 Sep 1920 Maj Robert Hamilton Stubber DSO, of Marston Hill, Fairford, co. Gloucester (d. 27 Jan 1963), and had issue by both husbands


2 Dec 1914

suc. by



Sheriff of co. Fermanagh 1864 and of co. Donegal 1867; Member of Parliament (Conservative) for Enniskillen 1868-80 and for co. Fermanagh 1880-85; a Lord of the Treasury 1876-80; Lord Lieutenant of Co. Fermanagh 1885-1914; Knight of St Patrick 1889; Privy Councillor [I] 1902


John Henry George [Crichton], 5th Earl Erne DL


22 Nov 1907


15 Jul 1931 Lady Davidema Katherine Cynthia Mary Millicent Bulwer-Lytton (b. 23 Apr 1909; mar. (2) 28 Aug 1945 Christopher Montague [Woodhouse], 5th Baron Terrington;  d. 10 Sep 1995), 2nd dau. and cohrss. of Victor Alexander George Robert [Bulwer-Lytton], 2nd Earl of Lytton, by his wife Pamela Frances Audrey Chichele-Plowden, dau. of Sir Trevor John Chichele Chichele-Plowden KCSI


1. Hon Henry George Victor John Crichton, later 6th Earl Erne

1. Lady Rosanagh Mary Crichton (b. 12 Aug 1932; d. 13 Jun 2019), mar. 27 Jun 1956 Baron Michael Paul Raben-Levetzau (b. 1930; d. 1990), 2nd son of Count Siegfried Victor Raben-Levetzau, of Denmark, and had issue

2. Lady Antonia Pamela Mary Crichton (b. 18 Apr 1934), mar. (1) 25 Jul 1953 (div.) Timothy William Wardell, 2nd son of Brig John Michael Stewart Wardell MBE, by his wife Ruth Irwin Crossley, 2nd dau. by his first wife of Sir Kenneth Irwin Crossley, 2nd Bt, and (2) 18 Jul 1981 Charles William Beckwith, of The Dower House, Kirklington, Bedale, co. York, and has issue by her first husband


23 May 1940

suc. by



a Page of Honour to King George V 1921-24 ; a Lord-in-Waiting to King George VI


Henry George Victor John [Crichton], 6th Earl Erne KCVO


9 Jul 1937

mar. (1)

5 Nov 1958 (div. 1980) Camilla Margueritte Roberts (mar. (2) Tony Gray; d. 7 Dec 2017), 1st dau. of W/Cdr Owen George Endicott Roberts RAF, son of Capt Marshall Owen Roberts by his wife Irene Helen Murray OBE, only dau. of Rt Hon Sir George Herbert Murray GCB GCVO ISO, by his wife Hon Helen Mary Mulholland CBE DGStJ, 1st dau. of John [Mulholland], 1st Baron Dunleath

children by first wife

1. Hon John Henry Michael Ninian Crichton, later 7th Earl Erne

1. Lady Cleone Lucinda Crichton (b. 27 Aug 1959), mar. 1989 Richard F Versen, and has issue

2. Lady Davina Jane Crichton (b. 25 Jun 1961), mar. 1990 (div.) Nicholas J R Scarr, of Lee Park Lodge, Lee, co. Hampshire, 1st son of Peter R R Scarr, and has issue

3. Lady Katherine Patricia Crichton (b. 4 Nov 1962), mar. 1989 Jonathan C Townsend-Rose, of Maxton Westend, St Boswells, co. Roxburgh, son of Colin Townsend-Rose, and has issue

4. Lady Tara Guinevere Crichton (b. 9 May 1967), mar. 1993 James William Loyd, 2nd son of Christopher Lewis Loyd MC, of Lockinge, Wantage, co. Berkshire, and has issue

mar. (2)

21 Jun 1980 Anne Carin Hitchcock (former wife of ..... Hitchcock), dau. of Sven Andres Bjorck, of Gavle, Sweden


23 Dec 2015

suc. by

son by first wife


a Page of Honour to Queen Elizabeth II 1852-54; Lord Lieutenant of Co. Fermanagh; KCVO 2012


John Henry Michael Ninian [Crichton], 7th Earl Erne


19 Jun 1971


The heir presumptive to the Earldom of Erne is Charles David Blayney Crichton, a great-grandson of the 4th Earl Erne and the second cousin once removed of the present Earl.


Last updated 11 Jul 2019




7th Earl Erne, of Crom Castle in the County of Fermanagh

(Ireland, let. pat. 19 Aug 1789)

7th Viscount Erne, of Crom Castle in the County of Fermanagh

(Ireland, let. pat. 6 Jan 1781)

8th Baron Erne, of Crom Castle in the County of Fermanagh

(Ireland, let. pat. 15 Jul 1768)

5th Baron Fermanagh, of Lisnaskea in the County of Fermanagh

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 13 Jan 1876)



Crom Castle, Newtown Butler, Co. Fermanagh BT92 8AP



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