Richard Scott, 10th Duke of Buccleuch
The Duke of Buccleuch
KBE DL FSA FRSE
|by Allan Warren|
|Born||14 February 1954|
|Spouse(s)||Elizabeth Kerr (m. 1981)|
|Parents||The Duke of Buccleuch, The Duchess of Buccleuch|
|Alma mater||Christ Church, Oxford|
Richard Walter John Montagu Douglas Scott, Duke of Buccleuch and 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 patrilineal descendant of James, 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
He attended Eton College, and was Page of Honour to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother from 1967 to 1969. In 1973, his father inherited the Dukedoms of Buccleuch and Queensberry, and Scott took the courtesy title Earl of Dalkeith. He graduated from the University of Oxford in 1976 as 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, a Conservative politician), and they had four children:
- Lady Louisa Jane Therese Montagu Douglas Scott (b. 1 October 1982), married 2011 Rupert James Trotter (b. 1977)
- Walter John Francis Montagu Douglas Scott, Earl of Dalkeith (b. 2 August 1984)
- Lord Charles David Peter Montagu Douglas Scott (b. 20 April 1987)
- Lady Amabel Clare Alice Montagu Douglas Scott (b. 23 June 1992)
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.
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. 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.
The paternity of James, Duke of Monmouth has long been in dispute. In 2012, a DNA test conducted on the Duke of Buccleuch showed that he shared the same Y chromosome (inherited from father-to-son) as a distant Stuart cousin, providing strong evidence that Charles II was indeed Monmouth's biological father.
|Ancestors of Richard Scott, 10th Duke of Buccleuch|
- Ross, David (5 June 2013). "Questions raised over land swap deal with billionaire". The Herald. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
- "Patronesses". Royal Caledonian Ball.
- Campsie, Alison. Return of da Vinci had more twists than a Hollywood film, Herald Scotland, April 22, 2010. Accessed April 21, 2014.
- The Royal Collection Trust
- "Scotland's DNA: Descended from lost tribes…and related to Napoleon". The Scotsman. 17 April 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
- Official Buccleuch Group of companies website
- Princess Elizabeth I portrait found
- Madonna back to Buccleuch
|Page of Honour to The Queen Mother
1967 – 1969
|Peerage of Scotland|
|Duke of Buccleuch
Duke of Queensberry
2007 – present
|Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom|
His Grace The Duke of Hamilton & Brandon
His Grace The Duke of Buccleuch & Queensberry
The Rt Hon. The Earl of Crawford & Balcarres