John Crichton-Stuart, 5th Marquess of Bute

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John Crichton-Stuart, 5th Marquess of Bute (4 August 1907 – 14 August 1956)[1] was the son of John Crichton-Stuart, 4th Marquess of Bute and Augusta Bellingham. On his father's side, the 5th Marquess was a direct male-line descendant of Robert II of Scotland through John Stewart, his illegitimate son by Moira Leitch. On his mother's side, the 5th Marquess was a descendant of William IV of the United Kingdom through Elizabeth Hay, Countess of Erroll, one of his illegitimate daughters by his mistress, Dorothea Jordan. As such, the 5th Marquess was the first member of the Bute family to be descended from William IV.

Marriage and children[edit]

On 26 April 1932, he married Lady Eileen Beatrice Forbes (1912–1993) a daughter of Bernard Forbes, 8th Earl of Granard and Beatrice Mills Forbes, an American socialite who was the daughter of Ogden Mills and a descendant of the Livingston family and the Schuyler family from New York.

They had four children:

  • John Crichton-Stuart, 6th Marquess of Bute (27 February 1933 – 22 July 1993)
  • Lord David Crichton-Stuart (27 February 1933 – 1977)
  • Lord James Crichton-Stuart (17 September 1935 – 5 December 1982)
  • Lady Caroline Moira Fiona Crichton-Stuart (born 7 January 1941)


The Marquess was an expert ornithologist; in 1931 he bought the islands of St Kilda to preserve them as a bird sanctuary, leaving them to the National Trust for Scotland in 1956.[2]

In 1953, the Marchioness of Bute and Lady St David's Fund was set up to encourage and support women to train as nurses and midwives in south Wales.[3]


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Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
John Crichton-Stuart
Marquess of Bute
Succeeded by
John Crichton-Stuart