Baron Mountjoy

The titles of Baron Mountjoy and Viscount Mountjoy have been created several times for members of two separate families: the Blounts and their descendants and the Stewarts of Ramelton and their descendants.

The first creation was for Walter Blount of Hertfordshire, who was summoned to Parliament as Baron Mountjoy in the Peerage of England in 1465. The Blounts were a junior branch of the Blount of Sodington family of Worcestershire. The first Baron was the greatgrandson of Sir John Blount of Sodington who married Isolda Mountjoy and the grandson of Sir Walter Blount, bearer of the Royal Standard of Henry IV at the Battle of Shrewsbury in 1403 where he was slain.[1] This creation is one of the earliest examples of a baronial title not being related to land ownership or a pre-existing dignity.[2]

The 8th Baron Mountjoy was created Earl of Devon in 1603 and died without legitimate issue in 1606, when the earldom and the barony became extinct. His son Mountjoy Blount, who had been born before his parents' marriage, was created Baron Mountjoy of Mountjoy Fort in the Peerage of Ireland in 1618, Baron Mountjoy of Thurveston in the Peerage of England in 1627 and Earl of Newport in the Peerage of England in 1628. All these titles became extinct with the death of the 3rd Earl of Newport in 1681.

Elizabeth Blount, sister of the 2nd Baron Mountjoy of the 1465 creation, had married the 1st Baron Windsor, and their descendant Thomas Windsor, 1st Viscount Windsor in the Peerage of Ireland and younger son of the 7th Baron Windsor and 1st Earl of Plymouth, was created Baron Mountjoy in the Peerage of Great Britain in 1712. This title became extinct on the death of his son the 2nd Viscount Windsor in 1758.

Barons Mountjoy (1465)

Barons Mountjoy of Mountjoy Fort (1618) and Mountjoy of Thurveston (1627)

Barons Mountjoy (1712)

Barons Mountjoy (1789)

See also


  1. A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland Vol 3, John Burke (1836) p167. Google Books
  2. Chisholm 1911.
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