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Richard Scott, 10th Duke of Buccleuch

His Grace The Duke of Buccleuch

The Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry by Allan Warren

Richard Walter John Montagu Douglas Scott, 10th Duke of Buccleuch and 12th Duke of Queensberry KBE DL FSA FRSE (born 14 February 1954) is the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry, as well as Chief of Clan Scott. He is the senior patrilinear descendant of Sir James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth (9 April 1649 – 15 July 1685), the eldest illegitimate son of King Charles II and his mistress, Lucy Walter.


  • Early life and education 1
  • Marriage and family 2
  • Career 3
  • Ancestry 4
  • Arms 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life and education

Scott was born in 1954, the son of John Scott, Earl of Dalkeith (later 9th Duke of Buccleuch) and his wife, Jane (née McNeill), and was baptised with Princess Margaret as one of his godparents.[1]

He attended Eton, was Page of Honour to the Queen Mother from 1967 to 1969. In 1973 his father inherited the Dukedoms of Buccleuch and Queensberry, and Scott took the courtesy title of Earl of Dalkeith. He graduated from Christ Church, Oxford in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts.

Marriage and family

In 1981 he married Lady Elizabeth Marian Frances Kerr, a daughter of the 12th Marquess of Lothian (and a sister of the 13th Marquess of Lothian, better known as the Conservative politician Michael Ancram), and they had four children:

  • Lady Louisa Jane Therese Montagu Douglas Scott (b. London, 1 October 1982), married 2011 Rupert James Trotter (b. 1977)
  • Walter John Francis Montagu Douglas Scott, Earl of Dalkeith (b. London, 2 August 1984)
  • Lord Charles David Peter Montagu Douglas Scott (b. London, 20 April 1987)
  • Lady Amabel Clare Alice Montagu Douglas Scott (b. Lindo Wing, St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London, 23 June 1992)

The Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensbury is a Patroness of the Royal Caledonian Ball.[2]


As Earl of Dalkeith he had a brief spell on the board of Border Television from 1989 to 1990, and in 1994 he joined the Millennium Commission as the representative for Northern England. Appointed a KBE in 2000 for his services to the Millennium Celebrations, leaving the commission in 2003. He was President of the National Trust for Scotland from 2003 to 2012, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He also served as Deputy Chairman of the (since abolished) Independent Television Commission, as a member of Scottish Heritage, on the board of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and was President of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society from 1999 to 2005.

He inherited the titles Duke of Buccleuch and Duke of Queensberry upon his father's death on 4 September 2007 .

The art collection of the Dukes of Buccleuch is of great significance; thus the recovery of the stolen Leonardo da Vinci painting Madonna of the Yarnwinder from the collection, valued at 30 million GBP, in a raid on the offices of a prestigious law firm captured public attention in 2007.[3] A discovery in June 2008 of a painting in the family collection at Boughton House, a rare portrait of the young Elizabeth I Queen of England, was welcomed by art historians.

Houses owned by the Duke include Boughton House, Drumlanrig Castle, Dalkeith Palace, and Bowhill House.

The Duke is a trustee of the Royal Collection Trust[4] and an Honorary Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (HonRICS).



Arms of Richard Scott, 10th Duke of Buccleuch
A Coronet of an Earl
A Stag trippant proper armed and attired Or
Quarterly: 1st grandquarter for the Earldom of Doncaster: the arms of King Charles II debruised by a Baton Sinister Argent; 2nd grandquarter for the Dukedom of Argyll: quarterly, 1st and 4th: Gyronny of eight Or and Sable (Campbell); 2nd and 3rd: Argent a Lymphad sails furled Sable flags and pennons flying Gules and oars in action of the second (Lorne); 3rd grandquarter for the Dukedom of Queensberry: quarterly, 1st and 4th: Argent a Heart Gules crowned with an Imperial Crown Or on a Chief Azure three Mullets of the field (Douglas); 2nd and 3rd, Azure a Bend between six Cross Crosslets fitchée Or (Mar); the whole of this grandquarter within a Bordure Or charged with a double Tressure flory-counter-flory Gules; 4th grandquarter for the Dukedom of Montagu: quarterly, 1st: Argent three Fusils conjoined in fess Gules a Bordure Sable (Montagu); 2nd: Or an Eagle displayed Vert beaked and membered Gules (Monthermer); 3rd: Sable a Lion rampant Argent on a Canton of the last a Cross Gules (Churchill); 4th: Argent a Chevron Gules between three Caps of Maintenance their fronts turned to the sinister Azure furred Ermine (Brudenell); over the grandquarters at the fess point an Inescutcheon Or on a Bend Azure a Mullet of six points between two Crescents of the field (Scott)
On either side a Female Figure proper habited from the waist downwards in a Kirtle Azure gathered up at the knees the arms and bosom uncovered around the shoulders a Flowing Mantle as before suspended by the exterior hand girdle and sandals Gules and her head adorned with a Plume of three Ostrich Feathers Argent
Amo (I love)

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Patronesses". Royal Caledonian Ball. 
  3. ^ Campsie, Alison. Return of da Vinci had more twists than a Hollywood film, Herald Scotland, April 22, 2010. Accessed April 21, 2014.
  4. ^ The Royal Collection Trust

External links

  • Official Buccleuch Group of companies website
  • Princess Elizabeth I portrait found
  • Madonna back to Buccleuch
Court offices
Preceded by
Valentine Cecil
Page of Honour to The Queen Mother
1967 – 1969
Succeeded by
Simon Mulholland
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Walter Scott
Duke of Buccleuch
Duke of Queensberry

2007 – present
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
His Grace The Duke of Hamilton & Brandon
His Grace The Duke of Buccleuch & Queensberry
Succeeded by
The Rt Hon. The Earl of Crawford & Balcarres
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