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Earls of Macclesfield

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Earl of Macclesfield is a title that has been created twice. The first creation came in 1679 in for the soldier and politician Charles Gerard, 1st Baron Gerard. When he died in 1702 the titles became extinct. William Dorington or Dorrington, Colonel of the King's Royal Irish Regiment of Foot Guards, was created Earl of Macclesfield in the Jacobite Peerage in about 1716. The title became extinct in 1841. The second creation came in 1721 when the noted lawyer Thomas Parker, 1st Baron Parker, was made Viscount Parker, of Ewelm in the County of Oxford, and Earl of Macclesfield, in the County Palatine of Chester. Parker had already been created Lord Parker, Baron of Macclesfield, in the County Palatine of Chester, in 1716.

In contrast to the barony the viscountcy and earldom were created with remainder, in default of male issue, to his daughter Elizabeth, wife of Sir William Heathcote, 1st Baronet of Hursley Park, and her issue male.

Earls of Macclesfield, first creation (1679)

  • Charles Gerard, 1st Earl of Macclesfield (1618–1694)
  • Charles Gerard, 2nd Earl of Macclesfield (1659–1701)
  • Fitton Gerard, 3rd Earl of Macclesfield (1665–1702)

Earls of Macclesfield, second creation (1721)

  • Thomas Parker, 1st Earl of Macclesfield (1667–1732)
  • George Parker, 2nd Earl of Macclesfield (c. 1697–1764)
  • Thomas Parker, 3rd Earl of Macclesfield (1723–1795)
  • George Parker, 4th Earl of Macclesfield (1755–1842)
  • Thomas Parker, 5th Earl of Macclesfield (1763–1850)
  • Thomas Augustus Wolstenholme Parker, 6th Earl of Macclesfield (1811–1896)
  • George Augustus Parker, Viscount Parker (1843–1895)
  • George Loveden William Henry Parker, 7th Earl of Macclesfield (1888–1975)
  • George Roger Alexander Thomas Parker, 8th Earl of Macclesfield (1914–1992)
  • Richard Timothy George Mansfield Parker, 9th Earl of Macclesfield (b. 1943)
  • The heir presumptive is the present holder's younger brother the Hon. (Jonathan) David Geoffrey Parker (b. 1945)

The heir presumptive's heir apparent is his son Timothy George Parker (b. 1969)

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