Marian Montagu Douglas Scott

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Marian, Lady Elmhirst
Born Marian Louisa Montagu Douglas Scott
(1908-06-16)16 June 1908
Died 11 December 1996(1996-12-11) (aged 88)
Spouse(s) Andrew Ferguson
Sir Thomas Elmhirst
Children John Ferguson
Ronald Ferguson
Parents Lord Herbert Montagu Douglas Scott
Marie Edwards

Marian Louisa Elmhirst, Lady Elmhirst (previously Ferguson; née Montagu Douglas Scott; 16 June 1908 – 11 December 1996) was the first daughter born to Lord Herbert Montagu Douglas Scott and Marie Edwards. She was the paternal grandmother of Sarah, Duchess of York, and the maternal great-grandmother of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York.

Elmhirst was also a first cousin of Lady Alice Montagu Douglas Scott, who became, after her wedding to Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester and an aunt-by-marriage of Elizabeth II.

Early life[edit]

Montagu Douglas Scott was born on Tuesday 16 June 1908, the second child and first daughter for Lord Herbert Montagu Douglas Scott, son of William Montagu Douglas Scott, 6th Duke of Buccleuch and Lady Louisa Hamilton, and Marie Josephine Edwards, daughter of James Andrew Edwards and Kate Marion Agnes MacNamara.

Marriage and family[edit]

On 1 November 1927, at the age of 19, Marian married Colonel Andrew Ferguson (10 October 1899 - 4 August 1966), in London, England. The couple had two children:

  • John Andrew Ferguson (21 January 1929 - 1939)
  • Ronald Ferguson (10 October 1931 - 16 March 2003)

Her first son, John, was ten years old when he died from peritonitis. Her second son, Ronald, was the father of Sarah, Duchess of York, and the maternal grandfather of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York. Ronald Ferguson died on 16 March 2003 from a heart attack, after a lengthy battle with skin and prostate cancers.[1]

On Wednesday, 30 October 1968, a little more than two years after the death of her husband, Andrew Ferguson (4 August 1966), Marian married Sir Thomas Elmhirst, widower of the late Katherine Black,[2] thus becoming Lady Elmhirst. Sir Thomas died on 6 November 1982.

Death[edit]

Lady Elmhirst died on Wednesday, 11 December 1996, at Dummer, Hampshire, in her 88th year. She was predeceased by two husbands, Andrew Ferguson (4 August 1966) and Sir Thomas Elmhirst (6 November 1982), and her first-born son John Ferguson (d. 1939). At the time of her death, she was survived by her son, Major Ronald Ferguson, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Major Ron Ferguson dies aged 71
  2. ^ 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 562.