Baron Kingsale

Baron Kingsale is a title in the Peerage of Ireland. It is the premier baron in the Irish peerage. It dates to the thirteenth century, perhaps being created c. 1223, though other sources give different dates. The first creation was by writ. The title was officially confirmed by letters patent in 1397. The numbering of the barons varies, some sources including the holders of the ancient barony, others commencing with the barons confirmed by letters patent.

The Baron also holds the feudal titles of Lord Courcy and Lord Ringrone, probably created in the twelfth century. Several sources claim that the Baron holds the privilege of being covered (that is, wearing a hat) in the presence of the monarch. The Eleventh Edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica, however, disagrees, claiming that the story "is a legend without historic foundation".[1]

Barons Kingsale (c. 1223)

Barons Kingsale (1397)

The heir presumptive is the present holder's kinsman Joseph Kenneth Charles de Courcy (born 1955)[2]
The heir presumptive's heir apparent is his son Patrick Miles Hugh de Courcy (born 1993).[3]


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