Earl of Iddesleigh

Earl of Iddesleigh, in the County of Devon, is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom.[2] It was created in 1885 for the Conservative politician Sir Stafford Northcote, 8th Baronet, of Pynes in the parish of Upton Pyne near Exeter in Devon and lord of the manor of Iddesleigh,[3] 28 miles north-west of Pynes. He served as President of the Board of Trade, Secretary of State for India, Chancellor of the Exchequer, First Lord of the Treasury and Foreign Secretary and was Joint Leader of the Conservative Party from 1881 to 1885. Northcote was made Viscount St Cyres, of Newton Saint Cyres in the County of Devon, at the same time he was given the earldom. This title is also in the Peerage of the United Kingdom.

Earldom of Iddesleigh
Arms of Northcote: Argent, three crosses crosslet in bend sable. Crest: On a chapeau gules turned up Ermine a stag trippant argent. Supporters: On either side a stag proper suspended from the neck by a chain or an escutcheon ermine charged with a pine cone or. [1]
Creation date3 July 1885
MonarchQueen Victoria
PeeragePeerage of the United Kingdom
First holderStafford Northcote, 1st Earl of Iddesleigh
Present holderJohn Northcote, 5th Earl of Iddesleigh
Heir apparentThomas Northcote, Viscount St Cyres
Remainder tothe 1st Earl's heirs male of the body lawfully begotten
Subsidiary titlesViscount St Cyres
Baronet ‘of Haine’
(The Cross of Christ is my light)

He was succeeded by his eldest son, the second Earl. He notably served as Chairman of the Board of Inland Revenue. On his death the titles passed to his nephew, the third Earl. He was the youngest son of Reverend the Hon. John Stafford Northcote, third son of the first Earl. His eldest son, the fourth Earl, served as a Deputy Lieutenant of Devon. As of 2017 the titles are held by the latter's only son, the fifth Earl, who succeeded in 2004.

The Northcote Baronetcy, of Haynes in the County of Devon, was created in the Baronetage of England in 1641 for John Northcote. He represented Ashburton, Devon and Barnstaple in the House of Commons. His grandson, the third Baronet (who succeeded his father), died childless in 1709 and was succeeded by his younger brother, the fourth Baronet. He was a Medical Doctor. His son, the fifth Baronet, sat as Member of Parliament for Exeter. His great-great-grandson was the aforementioned eighth Baronet, who was elevated to the peerage in 1885.

Two other members of the Northcote family have also gained distinction. The Hon. Henry Northcote, second son of the first Earl, was created Baron Northcote in 1899 and served as Governor-General of Australia from 1904 to 1908. Sir Geoffrey Northcote, Governor of Hong Kong from 1937 to 1941, was the son of Reverend the Hon. Arthur Francis Northcote, fourth son of the first Earl.

The title of the earldom is pronounced "Idsly" while the family surname is pronounced "Northcut".

The family seat is Shillands House, near Exeter, Devon.

Northcote Baronets, of Hayne (1641)

Earls of Iddesleigh (1885)

  • Stafford Henry Northcote, 1st Earl of Iddesleigh (1818–1887)
  • Walter Stafford Northcote, 2nd Earl of Iddesleigh (1845–1927)
  • Henry Stafford Northcote, 3rd Earl of Iddesleigh (1901–1970)
  • Stafford Henry Northcote, 4th Earl of Iddesleigh (1932–2004)
  • John Stafford Northcote, 5th Earl of Iddesleigh (b. 1957)

The heir apparent is the present holder's only son Thomas Stafford Northcote, Viscount St Cyres (b. 1985)

Line of Succession

Only those in positions (1) to (5) are in line to the Earldom. All others are only in line to the Baronetcy.

  • Sir John Northcote of Hayne, 1st Baronet (d. c. 1676)[4]
    • Sir Arthur Northcote, 2nd Baronet (1628–1688)
      • Sir Francis Northcote, 3rd Baronet (1655–1709)
      • Sir Henry Northcote, 4th Baronet (1655–1729/30)
        • Sir Henry Northcote, 5th Baronet (1710–1743)
          • Sir Stafford Northcote, 6th Baronet (1736–1770)
            • Sir Stafford Henry Northcote, 7th Baronet (1762–1851)
              • Henry Stafford Northcote (1792–1850)
                • Stafford Henry Northcote, 1st Earl of Iddesleigh (1818–1887)[5]
                  • Walter Stafford Northcote, 2nd Earl of Iddesleigh (1845–1927)
                    • Stafford Harry Northcote, Viscount Saint Cyres (1869–1926)
                  • Henry Stafford Northcote, 1st Baron Northcote (1846–1911)
                  • Hon. and Rev. John Stafford Northcote (1850–1920)
                    • Henry Stafford Northcote, 3rd Earl of Iddesleigh (1901–1970)
                      • Stafford Henry Northcote, 4th Earl of Iddesleigh (1932–2004)
                        • John Stafford Northcote, 5th Earl of Iddesleigh (b. 1957)
                          • (1) Thomas Stafford Northcote, Viscount Saint Cyres (b. 1985)
                      • Hon. Edward Frederic Northcote (1934–2006)
                        • (2) Edward Bede Robert Hornby Northcote (b. 1964)
                        • (3) Alexander Benet Paul Hornby Northcote (b. 1971)
                          • (4) Anthony Theodore Robert Michael Northcote (b. 2004)
                  • Hon. and Rev. Arthur Francis Northcote (1852–1943)
                    • Sir Geoffry Alexander Stafford Northcote (1881–1948)
                      • (5) Maxwell Adams Stafford Northcote (b. 1911)
                • Reverend Henry Moubray Northcote (1826–1878)
                  • James Alfred Northcote (1861–1928)
                    • Thomas Francis Northcote (1894–1977)
                      • (6) Peter Northcote (b. 1928)
                        • (7) Hugh Stafford Northcote (b. 1960)
                        • (8) Michael John Northcote (b. 1962)
                      • (9) George Arthur Northcote (b. 1929)
                        • (10) Charles Moubray Northcote (b. 1961)
              • Reverend Stafford Charles Northcote (1796–1872)
                • Lewis Stafford Northcote (1831–1882)
                  • Cecil Stafford Northcote (1870–1912)
                    • Cecil Henry Stafford Northcote (1912–2003)
                      • (11) Amyas Henry Stafford Northcote (b. 1937)
                      • (12) Hugh Cecil Camden Stafford Northcote (b. 1938)
                        • (13) Charles Walter Hugh Stafford Northcote (b. 1977)
                  • Ernest Alfred Northcote (1875–1944)
                    • Oliver Stafford Northcote (1906–1933)
                      • (14) Philip Stafford Northcote (b. 1937)
                        • (15) Kent Stafford Northcote (b. 1969)
                      • (16) Geoffrey Stafford Northcote (b. 1937)
                        • (17) Douglas Stafford Northcote (b. 1971)
                      • John Stafford Northcote (1940–c. 2000)
                        • (18) Stafford Oliver Northcote (b. 1975)
          • Henry Northcote (b. 1738)
            • Stafford Northcote (1783–1854)
              • Stafford Henry Northcote (1813–1889)
                • Stafford Charles Northcote (1844–1903)
                  • Stafford Henry Northcote (1872–1950)
                    • Stafford Charles Robert Northcote (1909–1977)
                      • (19) Stafford Robert Northcote (b. 1948)
                    • Geoffrey Stafford Northcote (1912–1968)
                      • (20) Dr. Robert Stafford Northcote (b. 1939)
                        • (21) Roger Stafford Northcote (b. 1966)
                        • (22) Dr. Bruce Stephen Northcote (b. 1969)
                      • (23) Alan McNeill Northcote (b. 1940)
                        • (24) Peter Bruce Northcote (b. 1964)
                        • (25) Stuart Paul Northcote (b. 1966)
                      • (26) Geoffrey John Northcote (b. 1947)
                  • Cyril Charles Stafford Northcote (1874–1946)
                    • John Wilfred Cyril Stafford Northcote (1904–1970)
                      • (27) Martin Charles Stafford Northcote (b. 1953)
                        • (28) Henry Charles Northcote (b. 1992)
                      • (29) Gillian Stafford Northcote (b. 1954)
                      • (30) Nigel John Stafford Northcote (b. 1960)
                      • (31) Andrew Alexander Stafford Northcote (b. 1964)
                  • Major Leonard Augustus Stafford Northcote (1879–1942)
                    • Major Denis Leonard Stafford Northcote (1904–1978)
                      • (32) William John Northcote (b. 1939)
                    • (33) Henry James Stafford Northcote (b. 1922)
                • Leonard Beauchamp Northcote
                  • Henry Peter Northcote (1891–1971)
                    • (34) Edwin Charles Stafford Northcote (b. 1926)
                      • (35) Ashley James Stafford Northcote (b. 1959)
                  • Frederick Beauchamp Northcote (1893–1937)
                    • Leon Frederick James Northcote (1924–1997)
                      • Richard Leon Stafford Northcote (1952–1999)
                        • (36) Christopher Thomas Stafford Northcote (b. 1985)


  1. Debrett's Peerage, 1968, p.604
  2. "No. 25486". The London Gazette. 3 July 1885. p. 3060.
  3. Lauder, Rosemary, Devon Families, Tiverton, 2002, pp.111-2
  4. http://www.thepeerage.com/p32987.htm#i329865
  5. http://www.thepeerage.com/p7575.htm#i75742



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