Paul Capell, 11th Earl of Essex
Born to Robert Capell and his wife Doris, Lord Essex began his life as Frederick Paul de Vere Capell. His father was a distant cousin to the 9th Earl of Essex.
When his father proved that he was the heir to the earldom in 1989, Paul became entitled to call himself Viscount Malden. However, few people at Skerton County Primary School in Lancashire, where he was deputy headmaster, knew of his aristocratic status.
Lord Essex is unmarried at age 70. If he dies without a legitimate son, the earldom will pass to William Jennings Capell, his fourth cousin once removed. William's father, Bladen Horace, was a strong claimant to the heirship of the earldom, before the 10th Earl proved his superior claim.
- Paul de Vere Capell, Esq (from birth; de jure until 1981; de facto until 1989)
- Viscount Malden (de jure from 1981, de facto from 1989, until 5 June 2005)
- The Right Honourable The Earl of Essex (since 5 June 2005)
This chart shows the relation between Lord Essex, his recent predecessors, and William Capell.
|The Hon. John Capel (half-brother of 5th Earl) |
m. Lady Caroline Paget
|Arthur Capell, 6th Earl|
m. Lady Caroline Beauclerk
|The Hon. Algernon Capell|
m. Caroline Paget
|The Hon. Adolphus Capell|
m. Charlotte Maynard
|Arthur de Vere Capell, Viscount Malden|
m. Emma Meux
m. Alice Bellairs
|Rev. Horatio Bladen Capell|
m. Ada Augusta Howkins
|George de Vere Capell, 7th Earl|
m. Eleanor Hartford
|Arthur de Vere Capell|
m. Alice Currie
m. Clara Jackson
|Algernon de Vere Capell, 8th Earl|
m. Mary Stewart Freeman
|Robert de Vere Capell, 10th Earl|
m. Doris Tomlinson
|Bladen Ozro Capell|
m. Madge Crawford
|Reginald de Vere Capell, 9th Earl||Paul de Vere Capell, 11th Earl||Bladen Horace Capell|
m. Mae Walley
|William Jennings Capell|
- Bunyan, Nigel; Fenton, Ben. New Earl of Essex is ever so humble, Daily Telegraph, June 18, 2005. Accessed August 22, 2010.
- Freer, Alan (2005). Conqueror6. Retrieved June 22, 2005.
|Peerage of England|
|Earl of Essex
William Jennings Capell
|Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom|
The Rt Hon The Earl of Sandwich
The Rt Hon The Earl of Essex
| Succeeded by|
The Rt Hon The Earl of Carlisle