|Birth||1 January 1974|
Simon Michael Abney-Hastings, 15th Earl of Loudoun (born 29 October 1974), is a British aristocrat living in Australia 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.
- Hereditary Governor / Patron - Repton College, Derbyshire
- Patron - Ashby de la Zouch Museum
- Patron - Friends of Loudoun Kirk
- President - The Board of Governors, St Andrew's First Aid Australia
- Patron - Ringwood Highland Games, Australia
- Patron - Australian Monarchist League, Victoria Branch
- Esteemed friend of Loudoun Museum, Leesburg, Loudoun County, Virginia
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.
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. 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
- 1974 – 2002: The Honourable Simon Abney-Hastings
- 2002 – 2012: Lord Mauchline
- 2012 – : The Right Honourable The Earl of Loudoun