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Earl of Essex

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Earl of Essex is a title that has been held by several families and individuals, of which the best-known and most closely associated with the title was Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex (1566 - 1601). It was first created in the twelfth century for Geoffrey de Mandeville. Upon the death of the third Earl, the title became extinct. It was created again for Geoffrey Fitzpeter, and again became extinct after William Fitzpeter's death.

The third creation was for Humphrey de Bohun, 2nd Earl of Hereford in 1239. Both the Earldom of Hereford and the Earldom of Essex became extinct in 1373. There were several more creations until the famous Devereux creation in 1572. Upon its extinction, the present creation was made in 1661.

Upon the death of the 9th Earl in 1981, there was no clear heir and it was not settled until 1989.

The subsidiary titles of the Earl of Essex are: Viscount Malden (created 1661) and Baron Capel (1641). The title Viscount Malden is the courtesy title of the Earl's eldest son and heir.

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Earls of Essex, first Creation (c. 1139)

Earls of Essex, second Creation (1199)

Earls of Essex, third Creation (1239)

Earls of Essex, fourth Creation (1376)

Earls of Essex, fifth Creation (1461)

Earls of Essex, sixth Creation (1540)

Earls of Essex, seventh Creation (1543)

Earls of Essex, eighth Creation (1572)

Barons Capell (1641)

Earls of Essex, ninth Creation (1661)

His fourth cousin once-removed and heir: William Jennings Capell (born 1952)

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