Earl Cowley

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Henry Wellesley, 1st Earl Cowley

Earl Cowley is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created in 1857 for the diplomat Henry Wellesley, 2nd Baron Cowley. He was Ambassador to France from 1852 to 1867. He was made Viscount Dangan, of Dangan in the County of Meath, at the same time as he was given the earldom. This title is also in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. Lord Cowley was the eldest son of Henry Wellesley, 1st Baron Cowley, who like his son served as Ambassador to France. In 1828 he was created Baron Cowley, of Wellesley in the County of Somerset, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. A member of the prominent Wellesley family, Cowley was the fifth and youngest son of Garret Wellesley, 1st Earl of Mornington, and the younger brother of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, and Richard Wellesley, 1st Marquess Wellesley.

The first Earl was succeeded by his eldest son, the second Earl. He was a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Coldstream Guards and fought in the Crimean War. His great-great-grandson (the titles having descended from father to son), the sixth Earl, served as a Lord-in-Waiting (government whip in the House of Lords) from January to March 1974 in the Conservative government of Edward Heath. As of 2014 the titles are held by the latter's uncle, the seventh Earl, who succeeded in 1975. He is the eldest son from the second marriage of the fourth Earl and the half-brother of the fifth Earl.

Barons Cowley (1828)

Earls Cowley (1857)

The heir apparent is the present holder's son Garret Graham Wellesley, Viscount Dangan (b. 1965).
The heir apparent's heir apparent is his son Hon. Henry Arthur Peter Wellesley (b. 1991).


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