John Dewar, 1st Baron Forteviot

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John Dewar, early 1900s
The grave of John Dewar, 1st Baron Forteviot, Aberdalgie

John Alexander Dewar, 1st Baron Forteviot (6 June 1856 – 23 November 1929) was a Scottish businessman, elder son of the founder of Dewar's Scotch Whisky and a Liberal Member of Parliament.

He is buried with his family in the family plot at Aberdalgie just west of Perth, near the family seat of Dupplin.


John Dewar Jr. was the son of John Dewar, Sr. and Jane Gow, and older brother of Thomas Dewar, 1st Baron Dewar.

John married Elsie Johann Todd (d. 15 February 1899) [1] on 24 June 1884. They have six children, seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, ten great-great-grandchildren and three great-great-great-grandchildren:

  • John Dewar, 2nd Baron Forteviot (17 March 1885–24 October 1947) he married Marjory Heaton-Ellis on 27 November 1919. He remarried Muriel Heaton-Ellis on 20 August 1946
  • Hon. Agnes Roger Dewar (6 June 1888–30 March 1919) she married John James Strutt (son of Hon. Edward Gerald Strutt) on 24 February 1914. They have two children.
  • Hon. Jane Gow Dewar (12 May 1890–6 June 1969) she married Captain Basil Piercy on 9 June 1920. They have one daughter, one granddaughter, three great-grandsons and two great-great-granddaughters:
    • Mary Constance Piercy (after June 1920) he married Major Gerald Nigel Astley Cooper on 19 July 1941 and they were divorced in 1945. They have one daughter, three grandsons and two great-granddaughters:
      • Juliet Jane Cooper (20 April 1942) she married Peter Bellfield on 21 November 1964. They have three sons and two granddaughters:
        • Lt.-Cdr. Robert James Astley Bellfield (28 July 1965) he married Zoë Le Marchand in 1994. They have two daughters:
          • Eleanor Charlotte Bellfield (27 April 1997)
          • Imogen Kate Bellfield (25 April 2000)
        • Charles Peter Bellfield (12 November 1969)
        • Edward Jonathan Bellfield (26 January 1972)
  • Hon. Margaret Dorothy Dewar (7 July 1891–11 October 1967) she married Lt.-Col. Arthur Neame on 24 March 1917.
  • Hon. Elsie Joan Tod Dewar (24 November 1892–23 February 1917)
  • Hon. Janet Bertha Dewar (1895–1979) she married Sir John Stainton on 20 April 1918. They have four children, seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter:
    • Nancy Pauline Stainton (10 July 1919) she married Hon. Richard Henniker-Major (younger brother of John Patrick Edward Chandos Henniker-Major, 8th Baron Henniker, 5th Baron Hartismere) on 22 June 1946. They have three children, five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter:
      • Susan Rose Henniker-Major (26 March 1947) she married Peter Croft on 4 September 1976.
      • David Richard Henniker-Major (24 June 1949) he married Valerie Lanigan-O'Keefe on 15 December 1973. They have two daughters:
        • Anna Natalie Henniker-Major (23 September 1976)
        • Fiona Louise Henniker-Major (2 June 1978)
      • John Alexander Henniker-Major (7 March 1952) he married Mary Mathiesen on 18 September 1976. They have three children and one granddaughter:
        • Charlotte Alice Henniker-Major (1979)
        • Rose Clementine Henniker-Major (6 October 1982) she married Dominic O'Connor in 2015. They have one daughter:
          • Alice Mary Julia O'Connor (26 January 2017)
        • George Richard Henniker-Major (1985)
    • John David Adam Stainton (1 March 1921-1991)
    • Andrew Thomas Stainton (4 August 1925-24 May 2001) he married Mikaela Lykiardopolos on 2 November 1956. They have four children and two grandchildren:
      • Deborah Louise Stainton (16 November 1957) she married K. K. Gurung on 20 August 1985.
      • Joanna Natalie Stainton (13 July 1959) she married Lt.-Col. Alastair Worsley on 20 February 1993. They have two children:
        • Max Richard Worsley (1994)
        • Alice Mikaela Worsley (1996)
      • Antigone Maria Stainton (13 May 1962) she married Louis Mangas on 1 August 2002.
      • John Andrew Stainton (9 August 1968) he married Miranda Louise Tulloch on 11 October 1997.
    • Sheila Catherine Stainton (11 August 1929)

John remarried Margaret Elizabeth Holland on 22 March 1905. They have two children, five grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and eleven great-great-grandchildren:

  • Henry Evelyn Alexander Dewar, 3rd Baron Forteviot (23 February 1906–25 March 1993) he married Cynthia Monica Starkie on 25 April 1933. They have four children, thirteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren
  • Hon. Irene Margaretta Dewar (21 July 1908) she married Lt.-Col. Hugh Dewhurst on 10 January 1934. They have one daughter, one granddaughter and three great-grandchildren:
    • Fiona Dewhurst (1942) she married David Alexander Whitaker. They have one daughter and three grandchildren:
      • Lucy B. Whitaker (1971) she married Alan J. Normile in 1999. They have three children:
        • Ben Normile
        • Sophie Normile
        • Tom Normile

Lord Forteviot died in November 1929, aged 73, and was succeeded in his titles by his son from his first marriage, John.


Lord Forteviot was chairman of the distilling firm John Dewar and Sons and a director of Buchanan-Dewar Ltd and of Distillers Company Ltd. He also represented Inverness-shire in the House of Commons from 1900 to 1917 and was twice Lord Provost of Perth. He was created a Baronet in 1907 and in 1917 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Forteviot, of Dupplin in the County of Perth.

In 1912 he chaired the Dewar Commission, an examination of the state of healthcare provision in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. The Commission took evidence in the form of written submissions and personal interviews throughout the North, beginning on 15 August 1912 at the Local Government Board Offices in Edinburgh, but moving on by the third day to Inverness and other parts of the north. The "Dewar Report" or Highlands and Islands Medical Service Committee (1912) Report to the Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury was presented to Parliament in 1913, resulting in the establishment of the Highlands and Islands Medical Service.[2]


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Evan Bruce Baillie
Member of Parliament for Inverness-shire
Succeeded by
Thomas Brash Morison
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
New Creation
Baron Forteviot
Succeeded by
John Dewar