Duke of Roxburghe

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For the ship, see Duke of Roxburgh (ship).
Dukedom of Roxburghe
Coat of arms of the Duke of Roxburghe.svg
Creation date 1707
Created by Anne, Queen of Great Britain
Peerage Peerage of Scotland
First holder John Ker, 5th Earl of Roxburghe
Present holder Guy Innes-Ker, 10th Duke of Roxburghe
Heir apparent Charles Innes-Ker, Marquess of Bowmont and Cessford
Remainder to 1st Duke's heirs of entail, male or female, descended from the body of the 1st Earl of Roxburghe
Subsidiary titles Marquess of Bowmont and Cessford
Earl of Roxburghe
Earl of Kelso
Earl Innes
Viscount Broxmouth
Lord Roxburghe
Lord Ker of Cessford and Cavertoun
10th Duke of Roxburghe by Allan Warren

The Duke of Roxburghe (pronounced /ˈrɒksbərə/) is a title in the peerage of Scotland created in 1707 along with the titles Marquess of Bowmont and Cessford, Earl of Kelso and Viscount Broxmouth. John Ker, 5th Earl of Roxburghe became the first holder of these titles. The title is derived from the royal burgh of Roxburgh in the Scottish Borders, which was captured and destroyed by the Scots in 1460.

The Duke has the subsidiary titles of: Marquess of Bowmont and Cessford (created 1707), Earl of Roxburghe (1616), Earl of Kelso (1707), Earl Innes (1837), Viscount Broxmouth (1707), Lord Roxburghe (1600), and Lord Ker of Cessford and Cavertoun (1616). All of the titles form part of the peerage of Scotland, with the exception the Earldom of Innes, which belongs to the peerage of the United Kingdom. The Duke's eldest son bears the courtesy title of Marquess of Bowmont and Cessford.

The dukedom and its associated titles descend to heirs who shall inherit the earldom which in turn had a very specific line of descent. On the death of the 4th duke the titles became dormant as no one could prove their claim. In 1812 the House of Lords ruled in favour of Sir James Innes-Ker, 6th Baronet, of Innes (see Innes baronets), rejecting claims by the heir female of the second earl and heir male whatsoever of the first earl.

The Duke of Roxburghe would be the Chief of Clan Innes, but cannot be so recognised as he retains the name Innes-Ker. [1]

The family has its seat at Floors Castle near Kelso, Scotland. The grounds contain the ruins of Roxburgh Castle on a promontory between the rivers Tweed and Teviot.

Earls of Roxburghe (1616)[edit]

Other titles: Lord Ker of Cessford and Cavertoun (1616)
Other titles (1st Earl): Lord Roxburghe (1600)

Dukes of Roxburghe (1707)[edit]

Other titles: Marquess of Bowmont and Cessford (1707), Earl of Roxburghe (1616), Earl of Kelso and Viscount Broxmouth (1707) and Lord Ker of Cessford and Cavertoun (1616)
Other titles (2nd & 3rd Dukes): Earl Ker, of Wakefield in the County of York and Baron Ker, of Wakefield in the County of York (1722)
Other titles (4th Duke): Lord Bellenden of Broughton (1661)
Other titles (6th Duke onwards): Earl Innes (GB, 1837)

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