Charles Innes-Ker, Marquess of Bowmont and Cessford

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Marquess of Bowmont and Cessford
Born (1981-02-18) 18 February 1981 (age 37)
EducationEton College
University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
Hon. Charlotte Aitken
(m. 2011; div. 2012)
Parent(s)Guy Innes-Ker, 10th Duke of Roxburghe
Lady Jane Grosvenor
Military career
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
UnitBlues and Royals

Captain Charles Robert George Innes Ker, Marquess of Bowmont and Cessford (born 18 February 1981), is a British aristocrat.


Lord Bowmont is the eldest son and heir apparent of the 10th Duke of Roxburghe and his first wife, the former Lady Jane Meriel Grosvenor, daughter of the 5th Duke of Westminster.[1] His uncle was Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster.[1] He was educated at Eton College and the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, passed out in December 2004, and has served with the Blues and Royals in Windsor and Iraq.

He will inherit Floors Castle and 60,000 acres around the Cheviot Hills and the River Tweed as well as hotels in the area, leading up to an estimated wealth of £100 million.[1] In February 2003, he was caught travelling on the Tyne and Wear Metro without paying the £1 fare.[2][3] He chose to pay a £10 fine rather than take the case to court and risk appearing on "losers' posters" displayed around the city, naming people who had been caught travelling without tickets.[2][3]

Personal life[edit]

On 22 July 2011, he married The Honourable Charlotte Susanna Aitken (b. 15 February 1982), eldest daughter of Maxwell Aitken, 3rd Baron Beaverbrook.[4] The couple split and sued for divorce in June 2012, less than a year after the wedding.[5]

Chiefship of Clan Innes[edit]

The present Duke of Roxburghe is heir to the chiefship of the Clan Innes (Clann Innis, not Mac Aonghuis or Clan MacInnes); however, since he bears the surname Innes-Ker, the Lord Lyon King of Arms will not recognise him as chief of the name Innes.



  1. ^ a b c Tom O'Sullivan, The young elite 11-20, The Guardian, 12 March 2000
  2. ^ a b Haldenby, Andrew. "Daily Telegraph, 7 February 2003 - Student heir to £70m dodges £1 rail fare". The Daily Telegraph. London. Archived from the original on 11 March 2007. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  3. ^ a b "BBC News, 12 February 2003 - Marquess pays up after dodging fare". 12 February 2003. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  4. ^ "Telegraph Announcements - The Marquis of Bowmont and Cessford and the Hon Charlotte Aitken". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
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