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earl

1. (in the British Isles) a nobleman ranking below a marquess and above a viscount
2. (in Anglo-Saxon England) a royal governor of any of the large divisions of the kingdom, such as Wessex

Earl

 

in early medieval England, a member of the hereditary nobility, as distinguished from an ordinary freeman, or ceorl. The average size of an earl’s holding was 40 hides. As Anglo-Saxon society became feudalized, the earls, in the late seventh century, became part of the general landed aristocracy required to render state service, the thanes. Since the 11th century the term “earl” has designated a noble rank corresponding to that of count.

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Donald fights an army of Lowlanders in a bid to bring lands forming the earldom of Ross into the kingdom.
Wendy Bossberry-Scott, the co-editor of "Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage, said, "The Scottish title Prince Harry receives is likely to be an earldom but there are very few clues here." If Prince Harry won't be called Earl of Dumbarton, he may receive the official title of Earl of Ross.
For such brilliance, I suggest as reward an earldom, at least.
His comments come despite the fact he will inherit the earldom and would have the right to vote in the Lords.
Both Peter and Zara do not have royal titles because they are descendants of the female line and because Mark Phillips rejected the offer of an earldom after he married Anne.
His miner grandson Thomas, having heard the family stories, put forward a claim for the Earldom of Perth in 1831.
In 1961 he succeeded to the Irish Earldom of Longford when his brother died.
Both her children do not hold royal titles because they are descendants of the female line and because Mark Phillips declined the offer of an earldom when he married Princess Anne.
The Grey family was in possession of the castle and in 1409 Ralph Grey captured the French castle of Tanquaville and was rewarded with the Earldom of Tankerville.
In the mid-17th century, the hall passed into the Bridgeman family, who later received the Earldom of Bradford following ennoblement in 1794.
With the 10th Earldom and the Spencer succession safely secured by the obligatory son and heir, he sought to pension his Countess off.
Her children do not have royal titles as they are descendants of the female line and because Mark Phillips refused the offer of an earldom when he married Princess Anne.