Earl of Dumfries
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Earl of Dumfries

Earldom of Dumfries
Marquess of Bute COA.svg
Creation date12 June 1633
MonarchCharles I
PeeragePeerage of Scotland
First holderWilliam Crichton, 1st Earl of Dumfries
Present holderJohn Crichton-Stuart, 7th Marquess of Bute, 12th Earl of Dumfries
Heir apparentJohn Bryson Crichton-Stuart, Earl of Dumfries[1]
Remainder toheirs male bearing the name and arms of Crichton and, through a novadamus (amendment) issued on 3 November 1690, with the former precedency by which, failing himself and his grandson and the heirs male of the body of the latter, the remainder was extended to Penelope, eldest daughter of his son Charles, Lord Crichton, and the heirs of her body, succeeding to the family estates, and similarly to his son's other daughters, whom failing, to his son's nearest heirs whatsoever.
Subsidiary titlesLord Crichton of Sanquhar and Cumnock, Viscount of Ayr
Currently the Earldom resides with the Marquesses of Bute. However, the title, can be inherited through the female line through an amendment to the original creation and the title could be separated from the Marquesses of Bute should heirs presumptive to the titles of Bute and Dumfries be male and female, respectively, inherit.

Earl of Dumfries is a title in the Peerage of Scotland. It was originally created for William Crichton, 9th Lord Crichton of Sanquhar, in 1633, and stayed in the Crichton family until the death of the fourth countess in 1742, at which point the title passed to first the Dalrymple and then the McDouall families before finally being inherited by the Marquesses of Bute, where it remains today.

The subsidiary titles of the Earl of Dumfries are: Viscount of Ayr and Lord Sanquhar (created 2 February 1622),[2]Lord Crichton of Sanquhar (1488), and Lord Crichton of Cumnock (12 June 1633),[3] all in the Peerage of Scotland.

Lords Crichton of Sanquhar (1488)

Earls of Dumfries (1633)

The heir apparent to both titles is the present holder's son John Bryson Crichton-Stuart, Earl of Dumfries (b. 1989).[6]

The heir presumptive to the heir apparent for the Marquessate of Bute is Lord Anthony Crichton-Stuart (b.1961), second son of the 6th Marquess and uncle of the heir apparent.

The heir presumptive to the heir apparent for the Earldom of Dumfries is Lady Caroline Crichton-Stuart (b. 1984), eldest daughter of the 12th Earl (7th Marquess) and elder sister of the heir apparent.

Family Tree

William Crichton
1st Earl of Dumfries
Sir James Stuart
1st Baronet
(died 1662)
William Crichton
2nd Earl of Dumfries

Sir Dugald Stuart
2nd Baronet
(died 1670)
The Hon. Charles Chricton
Lord Crichton
John Dalrymple
1st Earl of Stair

James Stuart
1st Earl of Bute

(died 1710)
William Crichton
3rd Earl of Dumfries
(died 1694)
Penelope Crichton
suo jure
4th Countess of Dumfries
(died 1741/2)
William Dalrymple
of Glenmure
(died 1744
James Stuart
2nd Earl of Bute

(died 1722/3)
William Dalrymple-Crichton
5th Earl of Dumfries

4th Earl of Stair
Elizabeth Dalrymple
John Stuart
3rd Earl of Bute

6th Earl of Dumfries

John Stuart
1st Marquess of Bute

Elizabeth Penelope
John Stuart
Viscount Mount Stuart

John Crichton-Stuart
7th Earl of Dumfries
2nd Marquess of Bute

John Patrick Crichton-Stuart
8th Earl of Dumfries
3rd Marquess of Bute

John Patrick Crichton-Stuart
9th Earl of Dumfries
4th Marquess of Bute

John Crichton-Stuart
10th Earl of Dumfries
5th Marquess of Bute

John Crichton-Stuart
11th Earl of Dumfries
6th Marquess of Bute

John Colum Crichton-Stuart
12th Earl of Dumfries
7th Marquess of Bute

(born 1958)
John Bryson Crichton-Stuart
Lord Mount Stuart
(born 1989)

See also


  1. ^ As his father uses the Marquessate as the title of precedence, the heir apparent is entitled to use the lesser title by courtesy and style.
  2. ^ Cokayne 1910, p. 68.
  3. ^ Cokayne 1910, p. 69.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 August 2013. Retrieved 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 August 2010. Retrieved 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 July 2011. Retrieved 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)


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