Hereditary Peerage Association


On 22nd October, The Earl of Oxford and Asquith was elected to replace Lord Methuen. Viscount Allenby of Megiddo died on 3rd October, 2014 and in addition Lord Cobbold retired under Section 1 of the House of Lords Reform Act 2014.  Lord Russell of Liverpool and the Duke of Somerset were elected on 10th December, to fill the vacancies so created. Subsequently, Lord Chorley and Lady Saltoun of Abernethy have resigned  and a further by-election will be held on 3rd February. The electors will be the previously elected Cross Bench peers and those wishing to be candidates are required to register with the Journal Office by 14th January, 2015.

Recent By-elections

The following By-elections to the House of Lords under Standing Order 10 have taken place:

Year        Died                                                Elected

2005        Lord Burnham                                Lord de Mauley (Con)

                Lord Aberdare                                Viscount Eccles (Con)

                Baroness Strange                            Viscount Montgomery (XB)

2007        Lord Mowbray                                Earl Cathcart (Con)

2008        Baroness Darcy de Knayth         Earl of Stair (XB)

2009       Viscount Bledisloe                          Lord Aberdare

2010        The Earl of Northesk                     Viscount Younger of Leckie (Con)

                 Viscount Colville of Culross        The Earl of Clancarty (XB)

 2011        Lord Strabogli                                Viscount Hanworth

                  Lord Monson                                  Earl of Lytton

                  Earl of Onslow                                Viscount Colville of Culross

                  Lord Ampthill                                  Lord Ashton of Hyde

2013         Earl Ferrers                                        Viscount Ridley

                  Lord Reay                                        Lord Borwick

2014         Lord Moran                                     Lord Cromwell

                  Lord Methuen                                The Earl of Oxford and Asquith

                  Viscount Allenby                           Lord Russell of Liverpool

                  Resigned                                         Elected

2014         Lord Cobbold                                The Duke of Somerset

                 Lord Chorley

                Lady Saltoun of Abernethy


Roll of the Peerage

As your lordships will be aware, the Royal Warrant establishing the Roll of the Peerage was signed on 1st June, 2004.  The Roll is now maintained by the Registrar, Ian Denyer in the Crown Office, House of Lords.

The Roll which covers all peerages, including Irish peers and Life peers. Any peer who was not in receipt of a Writ of Summons prior to November 1999, or who has not applied to the Clerk of the Parliaments to be placed on the list of peers eligible to vote in by-elections pursuant to the House of Lords Act, 1999, should follow the procedure set out by the Crown Office. That page gives links to the Guidance Notes and forms of declaration required to be entered on the Roll of the Peerage. 

Clearly, it is in the interests of all peers and the peerage as an institution, that it should be possible to easily verify that any individual styling himself a peer is entitled so to do. The Roll of the Peerage facilitates  such verification.

The Windsor Herald at Arms, Mr William Hunt, at the College of Heralds (020 7320 8755) advises that all peers should ensure that their succession pedigree should be placed on record at the College to ensure that their heirs can succeed to their titles with due speed and minimum inconvenience.

Social Events

For social events, please go to the Social Events page.


The present members of the HPA Committee are as follows:

Lord Newall (Joint Chairman)
Viscount Torrington (Joint Chairman)
Earl of Erroll
Lord Glanusk
Lord Kilmaine
Lord St. Oswald
Lord Seaford
Viscount Trenchard


The latest HPA Newsletter was published on 5th September, 2013 and a copy may be requested from the Hon Secretary  at tt@byng.net or viewed by clicking on Newsletter.  



Revised 17.12.2014