Marquess Camden

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Marquessate of Camden
Arms of the Marquess Camden
Arms: Quarterly 1st & 4th, Sable, on a Fess Argent, between three Elephant’s Heads erased Argent, three Mullets Sable (Pratt); 2nd, Sable, a Chevron between three Spear Heads Argent, the points embrued (Jeffreys), 3rd, Gules, an Inescutcheon Vair, between eight Cross-Crosslets Or (Molesworth). Crests: Dexter: An Elephant’s Head erased Argent (Pratt); Sinister: a Dragon’s Head erased Vert, holding in the mouth a Sinister Hand couped at the wrist Gules, and about the neck a Chain and pendant therefrom a Portcullis Or (Jeffreys). Supporters: Dexter: a Griffin Sable, beaked and clawed Gules, gorged with a Collar Argent, charged with three Mullets Sable; Sinister: a Lion Or, armed and langued Gules, gorged with a Collar Argent, charged with three Mullets Sable.
Creation date7 September 1812
Created byThe Prince Regent (acting on behalf of his father King George III)
First holderJohn Pratt, 2nd Earl Camden
Present holderDavid Pratt, 6th Marquess Camden
Heir apparentJames Pratt, Earl of Brecknock
Subsidiary titlesEarl Camden
Earl of Brecknock
Viscount Bayham
Baron Camden
(The judgement of my peers, or the law of the land)
Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden,
by Nathaniel Dance-Holland

Marquess Camden is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created in 1812 for the politician John Pratt, 2nd Earl Camden.[1] The Pratt family descends from Sir John Pratt, Lord Chief Justice from 1718 to 1725. His third son from his second marriage, Sir Charles Pratt, was also a prominent lawyer and politician and served as Lord Chancellor between 1766 and 1770. In 1765 he was raised to the Peerage of Great Britain as Baron Camden, of Camden Place in the County of Kent,[2] and in 1786 he was further honoured when he was created Viscount Bayham, of Bayham Abbey in the County of Kent, and Earl Camden.[3] These titles are also in the Peerage of Great Britain.[4] Lord Camden was married to Elizabeth, daughter of Nicholas Jeffreys, of The Priory, Brecknockshire, in Wales.

Their son, the second Earl,[5] was a politician and notably served as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland and as Lord President of the Council. In 1812 he was created Earl of the County of Brecknock (usually shortened to Earl of Brecknock) and Marquess Camden.[6] His son, the second Marquess, represented Ludgershall, Bath and Dunwich in the House of Commons and also served as Lord Lieutenant of Brecknockshire. In 1835 Lord Camden was called to the House of Lords through a writ of acceleration in his father's junior title of Baron Camden. His son, the third Marquess, briefly sat as a Member of Parliament for Brecon in 1866, before he succeeded his father and took his seat in the House of Lords. On his early death, the titles passed to his three-month-old son, the fourth Marquess. He was notably Lord Lieutenant of Kent from 1905 to 1943. As of 2017 the peerages are held by his grandson, the sixth Marquess, who succeeded his father in 1983.[7][unreliable source?]

Lord Michael Pratt was a younger son of the fifth Marquess.

Camden Town in London is named after Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden, and the elephant from the arms of Marquess Camden is therefore present in the crest in the coat of arms of the London Borough of Camden.

The family seat is Wherwell House, near Andover, Hampshire. Until the early 1980s, the family also owned the Bayham Abbey Estate, near Lamberhurst, Kent.

Baron Camden (1765)[edit]

Earls Camden (1786)[edit]

Marquesses Camden (1812)[edit]

The heir apparent is the present holder's son James William John Pratt, Earl of Brecknock (b. 1965)

Line of succession
  • John Pratt, 4th Marquess Camden (1872–1943)
    • John Pratt, 5th Marquess Camden (1899–1983)
      • David Pratt, 6th Marquess Camden (b. 1930)
        • (1). James William John Pratt, Earl of Brecknock (b. 1965)
    • Lord Roderic Arthur Neville Pratt (1915–1997)
      • (2). Adrian John Charles Pratt (b. 1952)



  1. ^ "Camden town".
  2. ^ "No. 10539". The London Gazette. 16 July 1765. p. 1.
  3. ^ "No. 12750". The London Gazette. 13 May 1786. p. 201.
  4. ^ "European Heraldry:::House of Pratt".
  5. ^ "George Pratt, 2nd Marquess of Camden".
  6. ^ "No. 16632". The London Gazette. 15 August 1812. p. 1579.
  7. ^ "Camden, Marquess (UK, 1812)".
  8. ^ "John Pratt, 5th Marquess of Camden".
  9. ^ Mosley, Charles, ed. (1999). "Camden". Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage. Vol. 1 (106th ed.). Crans, Switzerland: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd. pp. 475–476. ISBN 2-940085-02-1.
  10. ^ Morris, Susan; Bosberry-Scott, Wendy; Belfield, Gervase, eds. (2019). "Camden". Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage. Vol. 1 (150th ed.). London: Debrett's Ltd. pp. 762–764. ISBN 978-1-999767-0-5-1.

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