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Bath, Earl of (UK, 1803 - 1808)

 

Creation: let.pat. 26 Oct 1803

 

Extinct: 14 Jul 1808

 

Family name: Pulteney later Murray-Pulteney

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Arms:

See Earl of Bath

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Henrietta Laura Pulteney later Murray-Pulteney, suo jure Baroness Bath later suo jure Countess of Bath

only dau. and heiress of Sir William Johnstone later Pulteney, 5th Bt., of Westerhall, co. Dumfries, by his wife Frances Pulteney, dau. and eventual sole hrss. of David Pulteney, and cousin and sole hrss. of General Henry Pulteney, brother and heir of William [Pulteney], 1st Earl of Bath

born

26 Dec 1766

mar.

24 Jul 1794 Gen Rt Hon Sir James Murray later Murray-Pulteney of Dunerne, 7th Bt. MP (b. c. 1755; d. 26 Apr 1811), 1st son and heir of Sir Robert Murray of Dunerne, 6th Bt., by his first wife Hon Janet Murray, 6th dau. of Alexander [Murray], 4th Lord Elibank

died

s.p. 14 Jul 1808 (bur. in Westminster Abbey)

created

26 Jul 1792 Baroness Bath, of Bath in the County of Somerset, with remainder to the heirs male of her body

26 Oct 1803 Countess of Bath, with a similar remainder

note

suc. her mother in the Pulteney estates 1792

 

On the death of the Countess of Bath the Earldom of Bath became extinct. After her husband's death in 1811, the vast Pulteney estates were divided between distant relatives.

 

The creation of the Earldom of Bath in 1803, some fourteen years after the creation of the Marquessate of Bath in 1789, resulted in motion being made in the House of Lords of a reference to the Committee for Privileges to report as to "whether, when any title of Honour had been conferred on any person by letters patent under the great seal to be holden in or with any given rank of Peerage, the same specified individual title can be conferred on another person to be holden in or with the same or any other rank of Peerage during the subsistence of the limitations of such first grant." The motion was not carried but it is a general rule that wherever possible peerage titles should not be duplicated.

 

 First written 2 Sep 2004

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