David Douglas, 12th Marquess of Queensberry

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David Harrington Angus Douglas, 12th Marquess of Queensberry (born 19 December 1929) is an Anglo-Scottish aristocrat and pottery designer. He is the elder son of Francis Douglas, 11th Marquess of Queensberry, and his only son by his second wife, artist Cathleen Sabine Mann (married 1926 – divorced 1946). His maternal grandparents were an interior decorator, Dolly Mann (née Florence Sabine-Pasley) and artist Harrington Mann. He succeeded his father in 1954.

Education[edit]

He was born in London,[1] and was educated at Eton College.

Career[edit]

He served in the Royal Horse Guards. In the 1950s he worked in the pottery industry.[2] He was Professor of Ceramics at the Royal College of Art from 1959-83. He belongs to the Crafts Council, was President of the Design and Industries Association from 1976–78, is a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers (and recipient of the Minerva Medal, the Society's highest award), and was Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art from 1990[citation needed], and Professor of Ceramics there.[3]

Under the Peerage Act 1963 which came into effect in August that year, all Scottish peers were given seats in the House of Lords as of right. This right was lost under the House of Lords Act 1999 which provided that "[n]o-one shall be a member of the House of Lords by virtue of a hereditary peerage."[4] As a hereditary peer, Queensberry spoke in the House of Lords during the passage of the Sexual Offences Act 1967.[5] He explained in 2016 that he had been delighted to associate his family with a liberalising measure as "The Queensberry name had become so associated with the way Oscar Wilde was pilloried in 1895".[3]

Personal life[edit]

Queensberry has been married three times: first in 1956 (div 1969) to Ann Jones (the actress Ann Queensberry),[6] by whom he had two daughters; secondly in 1969 (div 1986) to Alexandra Mary Clare Wyndham Sich, by whom he had three sons (the eldest born during his first marriage) and one daughter; and thirdly in 2000 to Hsueh-Chun Liao, by whom he had a daughter, legitimated by marriage (d. 2018).[7][8]

Issue:

  1. Lady Emma Douglas (b. 1956) married 1986 Damon Lewis Vincent Heath, and has issue
  2. (illegitimate) Ambrose Jonathan Carey (b. 1961), see below
  3. Lady Alice Douglas (b. 1965) married 1stly 1989 (div) Ali Ugan; md 2ndly 1995 (div) Simon Melia, and has surviving issue, a daughter named Hero and a son named Tybalt.
  4. Sholto Francis Guy Douglas, Viscount Drumlanrig (born 1 June 1967), legitimated by decision of Lord Lyon when his parents married[9]
  5. Lady Kate Douglas (b. 1969) married 1999 Tom Weisselberg, and has issue
  6. Lord Milo Douglas (1975–2009)
  7. Lord Torquil Douglas (b. 1978)
  8. Lady Beth Douglas (1999–2018), legitimised 2000 by her parents' marriage[10]

Queensberry's eldest but illegitimate son, Ambrose Jonathan Carey (b. 1961), is head of a British security and intelligence firm. His half-sister Caroline Carey (b. 1959), an English art student, married the late Salem bin Laden, prior head of the global Bin Laden family corporation.[11][12] Ambrose Carey has been married since 1995 to Christina Weir, a daughter of the late Sir Michael Scott Weir KCMG (1925–2006) and his first wife, Alison Walker.[13] They have two sons, Angus Carey-Douglas and James Carey-Douglas.[14] As Ambrose is illegitimate, he and his two sons are not in remainder to the Marquessate and subsidiary titles.

Queensberry has several siblings. By his father's first wife, he has an elder half-sister, Lady Patricia Douglas, whose daughter Countess Emma de Bendern was the first wife of gossip columnist Nigel Dempster. He has a late sister, Lady Jane Cory-Wright (1926–2007), twice married to David Arthur Cory-Wright, of the Cory-Wright baronets. He has a younger half-brother, Lord Gawain Douglas (born 1948), who is married with issue, one son and five daughters.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Profile, findmypast.co.uk; accessed 24 June 2014. This source gives the location as St George, Hanover Square, presumably referring to the civil parish.
  2. ^ "Designs for Life" Archived 2011-07-15 at the Wayback Machine, queensberryhunt.com, May–June 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Oscar Wilde love letter celebrated 'behind bars'". BBC News. 6 September 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  4. ^ "House of Lords Act 1999 (original text)". 11 November 1999. Retrieved 21 May 2008.
  5. ^ Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Marquess of Queensberry
  6. ^ http://thepeerage.com/p2068.htm
  7. ^ Paul Theroff (2008)."Descendants of Henry VII of England: Part 8"; retrieved 5 December 2008.
  8. ^ Profile, thepeerage.com; accessed 24 June 2014.
  9. ^ In Scots law, the Legitimation (Scotland) Act 1968 extended legitimation by the subsequent marriage of the parents to children conceived when their parents were not free to marry, but this was repealed in 2006 by the amendment of section 1 of the Law Reform (Parent and Child) (Scotland) Act 1986 (as amended in 2006) which abolished the status of illegitimacy stating that "(1) No person whose status is governed by Scots law shall be illegitimate ...".
  10. ^ "In Memory of Ling Ling Douglas". The Purcell School. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  11. ^ "Outcast disowned by his outraged family", Telegraph.co.uk; accessed 24 June 2014.
  12. ^ Ambrose Carey was described correctly as Queensberry's son in Tatler articles.
  13. ^ Obituary: Sir Michael Weir Archived 2008-07-05 at the Wayback Machine, The Independent, 2006. See also Obituary: Sir Michael Weir, The Times, 2006
  14. ^ Memorial Service: Sir Michael Weir, The Times, 22 September 2006. This lists Mr Carey, his wife, and two sons.

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Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Francis Douglas
Marquess of Queensberry
1954 – present
Incumbent
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Most Hon. the Marquess of Huntly
United Kingdom Order of Precedence
gentlemen
Succeeded by
The Most. Hon. the Marquess of Tweeddale