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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
See Earl of Bath
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
26 Dec 1766
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
s.p. 14 Jul 1808 (bur. in Westminster Abbey)
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
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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