John Douglas, 21st Earl of Morton

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John Charles Sholto Douglas, 21st Earl of Morton (born 19 March 1927)[1] is a Scottish peer and landowner.

Douglas is the son of Hon. Charles William Sholto Douglas and Florence Timson.[2] He was educated at Bryanston School and Canford School.[3] He succeeded to the earldom in 1976, upon the death of his first cousin, the 20th Earl. Morton is a property consultant, a partner in Dalmahoy Farms and chairman of the Edinburgh Polo Club,[1] and was a director in Scotland of the Bristol & West Building Society. In 1982, he was appointed a deputy lieutenant of West Lothian,[3] and he served as Lord Lieutenant of West Lothian from 1985 to 2002.[1]

He married Mary Sheila Gibbs in 1949, by whom he has three children:[3]

  • Lady Mary Pamela Douglas (b. 1950), married Richard Callander and has issue
  • John Stewart Sholto Douglas, Lord Aberdour (b. 1952), married Amanda Kirsten Mitchell and has issue
  • Hon. Charles James Sholto Douglas (b. 1954), married Anne Morgan and has issue


  1. ^ a b c Debrett's Peerage & Baronetage 2008. 2008. p. 1017. 
  2. ^ The Peerage, p. 3618.
  3. ^ a b c Dewar, Peter Beauclerk (2001). Burke's Landed Gentry of Great Britain. p. 296. 

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Marquess of Linlithgow
Lord Lieutenant of West Lothian
Succeeded by
Isobel Brydie
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Sholto Douglas
Earl of Morton