What’s on this website
This website provides information on the creation of peerages in the Kingdoms of England, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom. Records cover the period from 1603 to the present day.
Information covering the creation of peerages in the United Kingdom is taken from the database compiled by Sir David Beamish, which is available online at peerages.info
Information covering the creation of peerages in the Kingdoms of England, Ireland and Great Britain is taken from Sir John Sainty's work, "Peerage Creations: Chronological Lists of Creations in the Peerages of England and Great Britain 1649-1800 and of Ireland 1603-1898".
This site is a database of peerages, rather than of people. Information is not routinely provided on the subsequent holders of hereditary peerages after the person for whom the peerage was created. A start has been made on adding subsequent holders of hereditary peerages. It is planned to work with the College of Arms to continue this work.
Where a peerage has become extinct, a date of extinction and the ordinality in line of succession of the last holder of that peerage are given.
The website includes details of Letters Patent affirming the creation of a peerage, giving the name of the person for whom the peerage was created. A single Letters Patent may affirm the creation of more than one peerage for a given person. A holder of a peerage - being either granted to them or inherited by them - may be granted an additional peerage. This may or may not be a promotion.
A list of types of special remainder is provided. These describe peerages where the usual principles of inheritance were overridden, as specified in the Letters Patent.
Privacy and copyright
Personal data concerning living individuals is not published on this site.
When using information from this website please cite as https://peerages.historyofparliamentonline.org and include citations of http://peerages.info and Peerage Creations: Chronological Lists of Creations in the Peerages of England and Great Britain 1649-1800 and of Ireland 1603-1898 (compiled by J.C. Sainty).
We are grateful to Sir David Beamish, to Sir John Sainty and to the Parliamentary History Yearbook Trust for permission to use the data on this site.
Database schema diagrams
You can download the current database diagrams either as a PDF or a JPG.
This page was last updated on Thursday, 11 August 2022.