Alan Percy, 8th Duke of Northumberland
The Duke of Northumberland
KG, CBE, MVO, TD
|Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland|
19 July 1918 – 23 August 1930
17 April 1880|
|Died||23 August 1930
|Spouse(s)||Lady Helen Gordon-Lennox|
|Parents||Henry Percy, 7th Duke of Northumberland
Lady Edith Campbell
Percy was a second lieutenant of the 2nd Volunteer Battalion the Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment), when he was admitted as a second lieutenant in the Grenadier Guards on 24 January 1900. He served as a Captain in the Grenadier Guards during the South African War from 1901 to 1902, obtaining the Queen's Medal. In 1908 he was in the Sudan Campaign, taking part in the operations in Southern Kordofan and gaining the Egyptian medal. For a time he acted as Aide-de-Camp to Earl Grey. During his time as ADC in Canada, he undertook a wager to walk 111 miles from one city to another in three days - despite blizzards and heavy snowfall, he completed the challenge and won the wager. During the First World War he served with the Grenadier Guards, working with the Intelligence Department to provide eyewitness accounts of battles and the front line. His brother Lord William Percy also served during the War: wounded in 1915, he spent the remainder of the War working as a military attorney. He was made a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur.
The Duke was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland. For one year before his death he served as Chancellor of the University of Durham, a role his father had also held. From 1922 until his death he financed and directed the Patriot, a radical right-wing weekly which published Nesta Webster and promulgated a mix of anti-communism and anti-semitism.
Marriage and family
- Henry George Alan Percy, 9th Duke of Northumberland (born 15 July 1912, killed in action 21 May 1940)
- Hugh Algernon Percy, 10th Duke of Northumberland (born 6 April 1914, died 11 October 1988)
- Lady Elizabeth Ivy Percy (born 25 May 1916, died 16 September 2008), married Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, 14th Duke of Hamilton in 1937
- Lady Diana Evelyn Percy (born 23 November 1917, died 16 June 1978) married John Egerton, 6th Duke of Sutherland in 1939 in Westminster Abbey
- Lord Richard Charles Percy (born 11 February 1921, died 1989)
- Lord Geoffrey William Percy (born 8 July 1925, died 4 December 1984)
- A Year Ago: Eye-witness's Narrative of the War from March 30th to July 18th, 1915, with E. D. Swinton, Longmans, Green & Co., 1916.
- "The Realities of the Situation," The Patriot, Vol. I, No. 1, February 9, 1922.
- First Jewish Bid For World Power, Reprinted from the Patriot, January, 1930.
- W. H. Mallock, Democracy; being an Abridged Edition of 'The Limits of Pure Democracy', with an introduction by the Duke of Northumberland, Chapman & Hall, Ltd., 1924.
- The London Gazette: . 23 January 1900.
- Markku Ruotsila, 'The Antisemitism of the Eighth Duke of Northumberland's the Patriot, 1922-1930', Journal of Contemporary History 39:1 (2004), 71–92
- The Peerage, entry for 8th Duke of Northumberland
- Elizabeth, Duchess of Northumberland - Westminster Abbey
- Ruotsila, Markku (2005). "The Catholic Apostolic Church in British Politics," Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Vol. LVI (1), pp. 75–91.
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