Earl of Eldon

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Earl of Eldon
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Arms of the Earl of Eldon


Arms: Argent, three Lion’s Heads erased Gules, in chief an Anchor erect Sable, on a Chief wavy Azure, a Portcullis with chains Or. Crest: A Lion’s Head erased Gules, gorged with a Chain and pendant therefrom a Portcullis Or.Supporters: On either side a Lion guardant proper, gorged with a Double Chain and pendant therefrom a Portcullis with chains Or.

Creation date7 July 1821
MonarchGeorge IV
PeeragePeerage of the United Kingdom
First holderJohn Scott, 1st Earl of Eldon
Present holderJohn Scott, 6th Earl of Eldon
Heir apparentJohn Scott, Viscount Encombe
Subsidiary titlesViscount Encombe
Baron Eldon
MottoSit sine labe decus
(English: Let honour be without stain)
John Scott, 1st Earl of Eldon

Earl of Eldon, in the County Palatine of Durham, is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created in 1821 for the lawyer and politician John Scott, 1st Baron Eldon, Lord Chancellor from 1801 to 1806 and again from 1807 to 1827. He had already been created Baron Eldon, of Eldon in the County Palatine of Durham, in the Peerage of Great Britain in 1799,[1] and was made Viscount Encombe, of Encombe in the County of Dorset, at the same time was given the earldom.[2] His grandson, the second Earl, briefly represented Truro in the House of Commons.

As of 2017 the titles are held by the latter's great-great-great-grandson, the sixth Earl, who succeeded his father in 2017.

William Scott, 1st Baron Stowell, was the elder brother of the first Earl of Eldon. The Hon. Sir Ernest Scott, second son of the third Earl, was Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Hungary.

Earls of Eldon (1821)[edit]

The heir apparent is the present holder's son John James Robert Columba Scott, Viscount Encombe (b. 1996)

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The other "Earl of Eldon"[edit]

A striking example of a cargo igniting spontaneously[4] occurred in 1834 when the Earl of Eldon[5] departed Bombay with many passengers. A cargo of cotton had been loaded into the ship's hold in a damp condition. What one passenger some time later believed was steam billowing from the hold, turned out to be smoke. Within the hour, the deck was ablaze and by mid-afternoon, the entire vessel was in flames. 45 men, women and children and the crew took to three ship's boats to make their escape.

After they had rowed for an hour, the Earl of Eldon's powder-magazine exploded, the ship disintegrating spectacularly. Her small boats eventually reached remote Rodriguez Island safely after 450 miles and thirteen days adrift.


  1. ^ "No. 15160". The London Gazette. 20 July 1799. p. 717.
  2. ^ "No. 17722". The London Gazette. 7 July 1821. p. 1410.
  3. ^ Johnny ELDON Obituary
  4. ^ "Cotton: RF Self-heating / Spontaneous combustion". Transport Information Service: General Association of German Insurers.
  5. ^ "Narrative of the Loss of the "Earl of Eldon" by Fire". The Friend. VIII (34): 265. 7 May 1835.
  • Kidd, Charles, & Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990.

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