Earl of Forfar
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Earl of Forfar
Earldom of Forfar
Royal Standard of Prince Edward, Earl of Forfar.svg
Royal Standard of Prince Edward, Earl of Forfar
Creation date10 March 2019[1]
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
PeeragePeerage of the United Kingdom
Present holderPrince Edward
Heir apparentJames, Viscount Severn
Remainder tothe 1st Earl's heirs male of the body lawfully begotten
Subsidiary titlesEarl of Wessex (title of The Earl of Forfar when in England) Viscount Severn[2]
Seat(s)Bagshot Park

Earl of Forfar is a title of Scottish nobility, referring to Forfar, the county town of Angus, Scotland.

The Earldom of Forfar was first created in 1661 in the Peerage of Scotland and became extinct as a title in 1715.[3] It was a subsidiary title to the Earldom of Ormond.

The dignity of Earl of Forfar in the Peerage of the United Kingdom was granted to Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex in 2019 on the occasion of his 55th birthday.[1] The title was given in addition to those received on his wedding day and affords Prince Edward and his wife Sophie a Scottish title to use when in Scotland.[3] Unlike his brother (Prince Andrew, Earl of Inverness) and nephews (Prince William, Earl of Strathearn and Prince Harry, Earl of Dumbarton), Prince Edward did not receive a Scottish title on the occasion of his marriage.[a]

The County of Forfar, renamed Angus in 1928, contains Glamis Castle, the seat of the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne, from whom Prince Edward's grandmother Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother was descended.

In July 2019, the Earl and Countess visited Forfar on their first official visit to the town since the Queen granted the Earl the additional title in March 2019.[4] He was presented with 'Earl of Forfar' tartan, to decorate the Earl and Countess by town firm the Strathmore Woollen Company. The weave is based on the existing Forfar tartan, which it designed in 2004 on the colours on the Forfar coat of arms. The geometry remains virtually the same, but the colours have been strengthened, with Azure blue replaced by the St Andrew's blue of the Scottish flag, and white yarns replaced by a brown to reflect the rich agriculture of the surrounds.[5][6][7]

Earls of Forfar, first creation (1661)

Subsidiary title was Lord Wandell and Hartside (Peerage of Scotland, 1661).

Earls of Forfar, second creation (2019)

Earl Portrait Birth Marriages Death
Prince Edward
House of Windsor
also: Earl of Wessex (1999), Viscount Severn (1999)
Prince Edward 10 March 1964
Buckingham Palace, London
son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
19 June 1999
Sophie Rhys-Jones
2 children
now 56 years, 321 days old

Line of succession


  1. ^ As heir apparent, Prince Charles received the Scottish titles of Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Baron Renfrew, Lord of the Isles, and Prince and Great Steward of Scotland upon his mother's accession to the throne.


  1. ^ a b "No. 62588". The London Gazette. 15 March 2019. p. 4737.
  2. ^ "No. 55536". The London Gazette. 28 June 1999. p. 7011.
  3. ^ a b "Title for the Earl of Wessex". The Royal Family. 10 March 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ "The Earl and Countess of Forfar visit Forfar". The Royal Family. 1 July 2019. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ Brown, Graham (2 July 2019). "'Honour' to be named Earl of Forfar says Prince Edward as town welcomes him with bridies, tartan and fiddles". The Courier. UK. Retrieved 2020.
  6. ^ The Royal Family [@RoyalFamily] (1 July 2019). "His Royal Highness is presented with 'Earl of Forfar' tartan, which has been designed for Their Royal Highnesses to celebrate their new titles" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  7. ^ "Tartan Details - Earl of Forfar, The". The Scottish Register of Tartans. The National Records of Scotland. Retrieved 2020.

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