Simon Michael Abney-Hastings, 15th Earl of Loudoun (born in 1974), is an Australian aristocrat who is the current holder of the ancient Scottish noble title of Earl of Loudoun.


The Earl of Loudoun is the son of Michael Abney-Hastings, 14th Earl of Loudoun, whom he succeeded in 2012. He resides in Wangaratta and Melbourne, Victoria.[1]

The heir presumptive to the title is the present holder's brother, the Hon. Marcus William Abney-Hastings (b. 1981).


Through his grandmother Barbara Huddleston Abney-Hastings, 13th Countess of Loudoun, he is directly descended from, and heir-general of George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence, brother of Edward IV and Richard III. Other notable ancestors include Mary Tudor, Queen of France, Catherine Pole, Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury (Catholic martyr, beatified by Pope Leo XIII), Lady Mary Boleyn, King James IV of Scotland, William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, and Alice Spencer, Countess of Derby.[citation needed]

Claim to the Throne of England

In 2004, Britain's Real Monarch—a documentary broadcast on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom—repeated the claim that the Earl's father, as the senior descendant of George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence, was the rightful King of England. This argument involves the disputed claim that Edward IV of England was illegitimate.[2] The Earl, following his father's death, would have become the rightful monarch of Britain under this alternative path of succession, rather than Elizabeth II.

Titles and styles

Styles of
Simon Abney-Hastings,
15th Earl of Loudoun
Reference style The Right Honourable
Alternative style Sir


  1. ^ "'Rightful king of England' dies in Australia". The Telegraph. 3 July 2012. 
  2. ^ 'Rightful heir' to British monarchy dies in Australia AFP – 5 July 2012, Yahoo! News
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Michael Abney-Hastings
Earl of Loudoun
Succeeded by