John Montagu Douglas Scott, 7th Duke of Buccleuch

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The Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry

The Duke of Buccleuch
Personal details
Born(1864-03-30)30 March 1864
Montagu House, Whitehall, London, England
Died19 October 1935(1935-10-19) (aged 71)
Bowhill House, Selkirk, Scotland
Spouse(s)Lady Margaret Bridgeman
ChildrenLady Margaret Hawkins
Walter Montagu Douglas Scott, 8th Duke of Buccleuch
Lord William Montagu Douglas Scott
Lady Sybil Phipps
Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester
Mary Cecil, Marchioness of Exeter
Lady Angela Dawnay
Lord George Montagu Douglas Scott
ParentsWilliam Montagu Douglas Scott, 6th Duke of Buccleuch
Lady Louisa Hamilton

John Charles Montagu Douglas Scott, 7th Duke of Buccleuch and 9th Duke of Queensberry, KT, GCVO (30 March 1864 – 19 October 1935), styled The Honourable John Montagu Douglas Scott until 1884, Lord John Montagu Douglas Scott between 1884 and 1886 and Earl of Dalkeith until 1914 was a Scottish Member of Parliament and peer.

Early life[edit]

Buccleuch was born in 1864, the son of William Montagu Douglas Scott, 6th Duke of Buccleuch and Lady Louisa Hamilton. He was the second of eight children. His elder brother, Walter Henry, Earl of Dalkeith, was accidentally killed in a deer-hunting accident in Achnacary Forest, at the age of 25. Walter was unmarried, and the title of Earl of Dalkeith passed to John.[1] He is a descendant of Charles II. In 1881, he served as a Midshipman in the Royal Navy onboard HMS Bacchante with the grandsons of Queen Victoria - Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale and Prince George of Wales, later George V of the United Kingdom. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in September 1883.


Buccleuch held the following posts:

  • 1895–1906: Member of Parliament (MP), Conservative, for Roxburghshire[2]
  • 1886: Deputy Lieutenant (DL) of Edinburgh[2]
  • 1887: Deputy Lieutenant (DL) of Dumfriesshire
  • Justice of the Peace (JP) for Selkirk and Roxburghshire[2]
  • 1893: Vice Lord Lieutenant (DL) of Selkirk[2]
  • 1896: Deputy Lieutenant (DL) of Roxburghshire
  • 1915-1935: Lord-Lieutenant of Dumfriesshires[2]
  • 1926–1935: Lord Clerk Register for Scotland[2]

Marriage and family[edit]

Drumlanrig Castle, Dumfries and Galloway - a seat of the Dukes of Buccleuch
Boughton House, Northamptonshire - a seat of the Dukes of Buccleuch

On Monday 30 January 1893, John married at St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge Lady Margaret Alice "Molly" Bridgeman, daughter of George Bridgeman, 4th Earl of Bradford, and Lady Ida Frances Annabella Lumley, daughter of Richard Lumley, 9th Earl of Scarbrough. They had eight children:


Buccleuch died from cancer[3] at Bowhill House, Selkirkshire, Borders, Scotland, on 19 October 1935, aged 71, less than a month before his daughter Alice married Prince Henry, the third son of King George V and Queen Mary. The marriage was to take place at Westminster Abbey, but given the circumstances, the event was scaled back and the venue changed to Buckingham Palace.

Buccleuch was buried on 22 October 1935 in the family crypt of the Buccleuch Memorial Chapel in St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Dalkeith, Midlothian. The church is located on Dalkeith's High Street, at the entrance to Dalkeith Country Park.[4]

Buccleuch was succeeded by his son, Walter.

Titles, honours and awards[edit]

  • 18 September 1886 – 5 November 1914: John Charles Montagu Douglas Scott, Earl of Dalkeith[2]
  • 5 November 1914: His Grace, Sir John Charles Montagu Douglas Scott, 7th Duke of Buccleuch & 9th Duke of Queensberry[2]
  • 17 July 1929: Captain General of the Royal Company of Archers[2]
  • 1917: Knight, Order of the Thistle (KT)[2]
  • 1934: Knight Grand Cross, Royal Victorian Order (GCVO)[2]
  • 1929: Honorary Colonel, 78th (Lowland) Field Brigade, Royal Artillery[2]



  1. ^ G.E. Cokayne, Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 1910-1959, reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000, volume II, page 372.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003, volume 1, page 483.
  3. ^ HRH Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, Memories of Ninety Years, London: Collins & Brown Ltd., 1991, p. 138.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 October 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Mark Napier
Member of Parliament for Roxburghshire
1895 – 1906
Succeeded by
Sir John Jardine
Political offices
Preceded by
The Duke of Montrose
Lord Clerk Register
1926 – 1935
Succeeded by
The Earl of Mar
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Duke of Buccleuch
Lord Lieutenant of Dumfries
1915 – 1935
Succeeded by
Francis John Carruthers
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
William Henry Walter Montagu Douglas Scott
Duke of Buccleuch
2nd creation
1914 – 1935
Succeeded by
Walter John Montagu Douglas Scott
Duke of Queensberry
1914 – 1935