The title of Earl of Kenmare
was created in the Peerage
in 1801. It became extinct upon the death of the 7th Earl in 1952.
All of the Earls bore the subsidiary titles of Viscount Castlerosse (1801), Viscount Kenmare (1798), and Baron Castlerosse (1798) in the Peerage of Ireland. The 2nd Earl was created Baron Kenmare in the Peerage of the United Kingdom in 1841, but this title became extinct upon his death. His brother and successor, the third earl, was again created Baron Kenmare in the Peerage of the UK in 1856, and this title survived until the extinction of the earldom in 1952.
The Browne Line
Baronets Browne of Molahiffe, County Kerry (1622)
Viscounts Kenmare, Barons Castlerosse (1689)
The Third Baronet Browne was created First Viscount Kenmare (Ireland) on 20 May 1689
, by King James II
, after his disposition by the English Parliament, but while he still possessed his rights as King of Ireland. The peerage remained on the Irish patent roll in a constitutionally ambiguous position, but was not formally recognized by the Protestant political establishment.
Earls of Kenmare (1801)
The Seventh Baronet Browne was created First Baron Castlerosse and First Viscount Kenmare on 12 February 1798
, with the earlier peerages not being recognised. He was created First Earl of Kenmare on 3 January 1801
- Valentine Browne, 1st Earl of Kenmare (January 1754 – 1812)
- Valentine Browne, 2nd Earl of Kenmare (1788 – 1853), son of the 1st Earl, m. Augusta Anne Wilmot, 2nd daughter of Sir Robert Wilmot, Bart.
- Thomas Browne, 3rd Earl of Kenmare (1789 – 1871), brother of the 2nd Earl, m. Catherine O'Callaghan
- Valentine Augustus Browne, 4th Earl of Kenmare (1825 – 1905), son of the 3rd Earl, m. Gertrude-Harriet Thynne, only daughter of Lord Charles Thynne, son of the 2nd Marquis of Bath
- Valentine Charles Browne, 5th Earl of Kenmare (1860 – 1941)
- Valentine Edward Charles Browne, 6th Earl of Kenmare (1891 – 1943)
- Gerald Ralph Desmond Browne, 7th Earl of Kenmare (1896 – 1952)