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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the title, rank, or position of an earl
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(ˈɜrl dəm)

1. Also called earlship. the rank or title of an earl.
2. the territory or jurisdiction of an earl.
[before 1150]
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"Save the dog!" yelled his Earlship shortly before finding Four Weddings And A Funeral's Duck Face in bed with sexy servant Jimmy.
(I will confess that as a young teenager, sharing that same family name, I sometimes entertained a similar fantasy, me as the true earl.) Truth is that the title passed from the Beauchamp to the Neville family in 1446 when the last Beauchamp earl (briefly elevated to a dukedom) died without issue and the title (returned to an earlship) passed by marriage to his sister Anne's husband, Richard Neville, who became known to history as the King Maker for the crucial role he played in the War of the Roses.
WHETHERthis was the same gentleman who hurled a waiter out of the first floor window of an inn with the instruction "put him on the bill" I do not know, but doubtless his Earlship was from a 'good family'.