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Marquess of Queensbury

For the boxing rules, see Marquess of Queensberry Rules.
Marquessate of Queensberry
Creation date 1682
Created by Charles II of England
Peerage Peerage of Scotland
First holder William Douglas, 1st Marquess of Queensberry
Present holder David Douglas, 12th Marquess of Queensberry
Heir apparent Sholto Douglas, Viscount Drumlanrig
Remainder to heirs male whatsoever of the grantee
Subsidiary titles Baron Drumlanrig, Viscount Drumlanrig, Earl of Queensberry, Lord Douglas of Hawick and Tibbers

Marquess of Queensberry is a title in the Peerage of Scotland. The title has been held since its creation in 1682 by a member of the Douglas family. The Marquesses also held the title of Duke of Queensberry from 1684 to 1810, when it was inherited by the Duke of Buccleuch.

The feudal title Baron Drumlanrig was created for William Douglas, illegitimate son of James Douglas, 2nd Earl of Douglas, some time before 1427, when he died. His descendant, the 9th Baron Drumlanrig, was created the 1st Earl of Queensberry in 1633.

The subsidiary titles of Lord Queensberry are: Earl of Queensberry (created 1633), Viscount Drumlanrig (1628) and Lord Douglas of Hawick and Tibbers (1628), all in the peerage of Scotland. He is also a Scottish baronet, styled "of Kelhead", created 26 February 1668, so the 6th Marquess was the 5th Baronet. The courtesy title used by Lord Queensberry's eldest son and heir is Viscount Drumlanrig. There is no special courtesy title for Lord Drumlanrig's eldest son and heir.

The 9th Marquess is particularly well-known because of the rules of boxing that were named after him (the Marquess of Queensberry rules), and for his litigious interaction with Oscar Wilde.

In 22 June 1893, Queen Victoria raised Francis Archibald Douglas, the heir of the 9th Marquess, to the peerage of the United Kingdom as Baron Kelhead. Francis Douglas died without descendants the following year and the title "Baron Kelhead" became extinct.

Barons Drumlanrig

  • William Douglas, 1st Baron Drumlanrig (died 1427)
  • William Douglas, 2nd Baron Drumlanrig (died 1458)
  • William Douglas, 3rd Baron Drumlanrig (died 1464)
  • William Douglas, 4th Baron Drumlanrig (died 1484)
  • James Douglas, 5th Baron Drumlanrig (died 1498)
  • William Douglas, 6th Baron Drumlanrig (died 1513)
  • James Douglas, 7th Baron Drumlanrig (died 1578)
  • James Douglas, 8th Baron Drumlanrig (died 1615)
  • William Douglas, 9th Baron Drumlanrig (died 1640) (became Earl of Queensberry in 1633)

Earls of Queensberry (1633)

Marquesses (and Dukes) of Queensberry (1682 (1684))

Marquesses of Queensberry from 1810 (cont. 1682)

The heir apparent is the present holder's son Sholto Francis Guy Douglas, Viscount Drumlanrig (born 1967).
The heir apparent's heir presumptive is his brother Lord Torquil Oberon Tobias Douglas (born 1978).

Baronets, of Kelhead (26 February 1668)

See Douglas baronets

See above for further succession


  • Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages
  • Leigh Rayment's list of baronets
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