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The title Marquess of Ailesbury was created in the Peerage of the United Kingdom on 17 July 1821 for the 2nd Earl of Ailesbury.

On 18 March 1664, the 2nd Earl of Elgin in the Peerage of Scotland was created Earl of Ailesbury, Viscount Bruce, of Ampthill in the County of Bedford, and Baron Bruce, of Skelton in the County of York, all in the Peerage of England. The 3rd Earl of Ailesbury (and 4th Earl of Elgin) was created Baron Bruce, of Tottenham in the County of Wilts, on 17 April 1746, in the Peerage of Great Britain, but on his death in 1747, his English titles became extinct, except for the 1746 Barony of Bruce, which was inherited by his nephew Thomas Brudenell, fourth and youngest son of the 3rd Earl of Cardigan, by special remainder. His Scottish titles passed to the 9th Earl of Kincardine.

The 2nd Baron Bruce, who changed his surname to "Brudenell-Bruce", was then created Earl of Ailesbury, on 10 June 1776, in the Peerage of Great Britain. The 2nd Earl of Ailesbury was created Marquess of Ailesbury on 17 July 1821, along with the subsidiary titles Earl Bruce, of Whorlton in the County of York, and Viscount Savernake, of Savernake Forest in the County of Wilts, all in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. In 1868, the 2nd Marquess of Ailesbury inherited the Earldom of Cardigan, and so the Marquesses of Ailesbury now also hold the titles Earl of Cardigan (1661) and Baron Brudenell, of Stanton Wyvill in the County of Leicester (1628), in the Peerage of England, as well as being Baronets of England, styled "of Deene in the County of Northampton".

Lord Ailesbury is also the 30th Hereditary Warden of Savernake Forest.

The Heir Apparent to the Marquessate bears the courtesy title Earl of Cardigan, and his Heir Apparent bears the title Viscount Savernake.

The county town of Buckinghamshire to which the title refers is now spelt "Aylesburymarker".

Earls of Ailesbury, First Creation (1664)

Barons Bruce (1746)

Earls of Ailesbury, Second Creation (1776)

Marquesses of Ailesbury (1821)

The Heir Apparent is the present holder's son David Michael James Brudenell-Bruce, Earl of Cardigan (b. 1952)

The Heir Apparent's Heir Apparent is his son Thomas James Brudenell-Bruce, Viscount Savernake (b. 1982)


External links

  1. Website with information about the Ailesbury Mausoleum

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