Elizabeth Sutherland, 24th Countess of Sutherland

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The Right Honourable
The Countess of Sutherland
Arms of Countess of Sutherland.svg
Arms of the Countess of Sutherland
Born (1921-03-30) 30 March 1921 (age 97)
Chelsea, London
TitleCountess of Sutherland
Tenure1 February 1963 – present
Other titlesLady Strathnaver
ResidenceDunrobin Castle
PredecessorThe 5th Duke of Sutherland
Heir apparentAlastair Sutherland
Lord Strathnaver
Spouse(s)Charles Janson
ParentsLord Alastair Sutherland-Leveson-Gower
Elizabeth Demarest

Elizabeth Millicent Sutherland, 24th Countess of Sutherland (née Sutherland-Leveson-Gower; in Chelsea, London on 30 March 1921) is a Scottish noblewoman. She is the holder of an earldom in the Peerage of Scotland and is chief of Clan Sutherland.[1]

Early life[edit]

Sutherland was the only child of Elizabeth Demarest (1892–1931), a daughter of Warren Gardener Demarest of New York City, and Major Lord Alastair Sutherland-Leveson-Gower (1890–1921), a son of Cromartie, Duke of Sutherland.[1]

Her father died while taking part in a big game expedition in Rhodesia, contracting malaria and dying there on 28 April 1921, aged 31. In 1931 her mother married Baron George Osten Driesen, she died three months after their wedding. Sutherland became a ward of her uncle George, Duke of Sutherland, and when he died without legitimate issue, she succeeded in her own right as the 24th Countess of Sutherland and Lady Strathnaver.[2] The Dukedom and the other titles that could only pass in the male line were inherited by the Earl of Ellesmere. She also inherited most of her uncle's large land-holdings, including Dunrobin Castle. She subsequently dropped the double-barrels in her family name, in order to be recognised as Chief of Clan Sutherland.


On 5 January 1946 Sutherland married journalist Charles Noel Janson (1917–2006) and together they had four children:[1]

  • Alistair Charles St Clair Sutherland, Lord Strathnaver, Master of Sutherland (born 7 January 1947)
    • Alexander Charles Robert Sutherland, Master of Strathnaver (born 1 October 1981)
  • The Hon. Martin Dearman Sutherland Janson (born 7 January 1947)
  • Lady Annabel Elizabeth Hélène Sutherland (born 16 May 1952)
  • The Hon. Matthew Peter Demarest Sutherland (8 April 1955 – 5 December 1969)




  1. ^ a b c Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. p. 3824. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-09-29. Retrieved 2012-09-04.

External links[edit]

Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
George Sutherland-Leveson-Gower
Countess of Sutherland