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
BornElizabeth Millicent Sutherland
(1921-03-30)30 March 1921
Chelsea, London
Died9 December 2019(2019-12-09) (aged 98)
TitleCountess of Sutherland
Tenure1 February 1963 – 9 December 2019
Other titlesLady Strathnaver
ResidenceDunrobin Castle
Spouse(s)
Charles Janson
(m. 1946; his death 2006)
Issue4
ParentsLord Alastair Sutherland-Leveson-Gower
Elizabeth Demarest
Successor
Alastair Sutherland

Elizabeth Millicent Sutherland, 24th Countess of Sutherland (née Sutherland-Leveson-Gower; 30 March 1921 – 9 December 2019[1]) was a Scottish noblewoman. She was the holder of an earldom in the Peerage of Scotland and was chief of Clan Sutherland.[2]

Early life[edit]

Sutherland was born in Chelsea, London, on 30 March 1921, 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 Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, 4th Duke of Sutherland.[2]

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 Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, 5th Duke of Sutherland, and when he died without legitimate issue, she succeeded him as the 24th Countess of Sutherland and Lady Strathnaver.[3] 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. [4] She subsequently dropped the double-barrels in her family name, in order to be recognised as chief of Clan Sutherland.

Marriage[edit]

On 5 January 1946 Sutherland married journalist Charles Noel Janson (1917–2006) and together they had four children:[2]

  • Alistair Charles St. Clair Sutherland, 25th Earl of Sutherland (born 7 January 1947)[5] he married Eileen Baker on 29 November 1968 and they were divorced in 1980. They have two daughters. He remarried Gillian Murray on 21 March 1980. They have two children.
    • Lady Rachel Elizabeth Sutherland (born 10 August 1970)
    • Lady Rosemary Millicent Sutherland (born 10 September 1972)
    • Alexander Charles Robert Sutherland, Lord Strathnaver (born 1 October 1981)
    • Lady Elizabeth Sutherland (born 24 April 1984)
  • The Honorable Martin Dearman Sutherland Janson (born 7 January 1947) he married The Honorable Mary Balfour (daughter of Harold Balfour, 1st Baron Balfour of Inchrye) on 14 February 1974. They had five sons:
    • James Charles Harold Sutherland Janson (6 September 1975 – 4 September 2019)[6]
    • Nicholas George Sutherland Janson (9 February 1977)
    • Benjamin Edward Sutherland Janson (22 June 1979) he married Rosanna de Pree. They have three children:
      • Poppy Islay Sutherland Janson (20 November 2008)
      • Wilfred Bertie Sutherland Janson (11 March 2011)
      • Isabella Rose Sutherland Janson (10 October 2013)
    • Alexander Martin Sutherland Janson (14 April 1981)
    • Christopher David Sutherland Janson (28 September 1984)
  • Lady Annabel Elizabeth Hélène Janson (born 16 May 1952) she married John Vernon Bainton, son of Richard Bainton, on 29 October 1982.2,1
    • Alice Elizabeth V. Bainton (1985)
  • The Hon. Matthew Peter Demarest Janson (8 April 1955 – 5 December 1969)

Later life[edit]

She died on 9 December 2019 at the London home she shared with her daughter Annabel. She was aged 98. Her funeral took place at Dornoch Cathedral on 21 December.

Arms[edit]

Coat of arms of Elizabeth Sutherland, 24th Countess of Sutherland
Coronet
A Coronet of an Earl
Crest
A Cat-a-Mountain sejant rampant proper
Escutcheon
Gules three Mullets Or (as the ancient arms of Sutherland of that Ilk) on a Bordure of the second a Double Tressure flory counterflory of the first (as an Honourable Augmentation)
Supporters
On the dexter side a Savage Man wreathed about the head and loins with Laurel proper, holding in his exterior hand a Club Gules resting upon his shoulder, and on the sinister side another like Savage sustaining in his sinister hand and against his shoulder, upon a Staff ensigned by the Coronet of an Earl a Bannerette Gules, charged of three Mullets Or
Motto
Sans Peur (Without fear)

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/countess-of-sutherland-dies-187901/
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 September 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Who owns Scotland?". The Scotsman.
  5. ^ "Person Page - 1004". Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  6. ^ Burke's Peerage 1999 edition page 2769

External links[edit]

Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
George Sutherland-Leveson-Gower
Countess of Sutherland
1963–2019
Succeeded by
Alastair Sutherland