Henry Scrymgeour-Wedderburn, 11th Earl of Dundee

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The Earl in 1959.

Henry James Scrymgeour-Wedderburn, 11th Earl of Dundee DL (3 May 1902 – 29 June 1983), was a Scottish nobleman and politician.

Background and education[edit]

Dundee was the elder son of Colonel Henry Scrymgeour-Wedderburn, de jure 10th Earl of Dundee, and Edith Moffat. He was educated at Winchester and Balliol College, Oxford, where he was President of the Oxford Union in October 1924. He graduated with a Master of Arts degree in 1926.

Political career[edit]

Dundee was Unionist Member of Parliament (MP) for West Renfrewshire from 1931 until 1945 and served as Under-Secretary of State for Scotland from 1936 to 1939. He served in the Second World War as an officer with the 7th Battalion, The Black Watch (The Royal Highland Regiment) from 1939 to 1941, leaving with the rank of Captain. He was once again Under-Secretary of State for Scotland from 1941 to 1942.

On 18 May 1953 his claim to the earldom of Dundee was accepted by the Committee for Privileges of House of Lords. On 30 July 1954 he was created Baron Glassary, of Glassary in the County of Argyll, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, giving him an automatic seat in the House of Lords (not guaranteed by his Scottish peerages). He later served as Minister without Portfolio from 1958 to 1961, as Minister of State for Foreign Affairs from 1961 to 1964, as Assistant Deputy Leader of the House of Lords from 1960 to 1962 and as Deputy Leader of the House of Lords from 1962 to 1964. In 1959 he was appointed a Privy Counsellor.

Lord Dundee was also the Hereditary Royal Standard-Bearer for Scotland, a right established by his father before the Court of Claims in 1902. He was decorated with the award of Order of the Brilliant Star of China (with Special Cravat) in 1954 and was awarded an honorary LLD by St Andrews University in 1954.


Lord Dundee married Patricia Katherine Montagu Douglas Scott, grand-daughter of William Henry Walter Montagu Douglas Scott, 6th Duke of Buccleuch on 30 October 1946.

She was the widow of two soldiers: Lt.-Col. Walter Douglas Faulkner, and Lord Dundee's younger brother David Scrymgeour-Wedderburn (1912–1944), with each of whom she had two children.

Lord and Lady Dundee had one child together:

Lady Dundee died 3 December 2012 at the age of 102.[1]


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Robert Forgan
Member of Parliament for West Renfrewshire
Succeeded by
Thomas Scollan
Peerage of Scotland
Title dormant
Viscount Dudhope
Succeeded by
Alexander Scrymgeour
Earl of Dundee
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Glassary
Succeeded by
Alexander Scrymgeour