John Scott-Ellis, 9th Baron Howard de Walden

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John Osmael Scott-Ellis, 9th Baron Howard de Walden, 5th Baron Seaford[1] (27 November 1912 – 10 July 1999) was a British peer, landowner, and a Thoroughbred racehorse owner/breeder. He was the son of Margarita van Raalte and her husband, Thomas Scott-Ellis, 8th Baron Howard de Walden, whose London home was Seaford House in Belgravia; and he was educated at Eton College.[2][3]

In 1931, he moved to Munich to learn a language, where he bought a car. On his first day behind the wheel, he claimed to have knocked over a pedestrian - Adolf Hitler. He inherited Dean Castle in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland which, along with his father's collections of arms and armour, and his grandfather' collection of musical instruments, he gave to the people of Kilmarnock in 1975.

Marriage and family[edit]

He married Irene, Countess von Harrach in 1934,[4] on his honeymoon in 1934, he met Hitler at a concert and spoke of his driving incident.[3] They had four daughters:[5]

  • The Hon. Hazel Czernin, 10th Baroness Howard de Walden (b. 12 Aug 1935)
  • The Hon. Susan Buchan (b. 6 Oct 1937)
  • The Hon. Jessica White (b. 6 Aug 1941)
  • The Hon. Camilla Acloque (b. 1 Apr 1947)

Irene died in 1975, and in 1978, Lord Howard de Walden remarried with Gillian, Lady Mountgarret, 25 years his junior.[2]

Thoroughbred racing[edit]

Lord Howard de Walden became involved in the sport of Thoroughbred racing immediately after World War II. In 1958, he bought Lord Derby's Plantation Stud at Exning, just outside Newmarket.[6] A steward of the Jockey Club, he had success in National Hunt hurdle racing with Champion Hurdle winner, Lanzarote.

On the flat, he won the 1985 Epsom Derby with Slip Anchor. Among his other notable homebreds, Lord Howard de Walden met with considerable success both on the track and in the breeding shed with Kris, who was the 1979 Champion European Miler and 1980 Champion European Older Miler, and who went on to become the Leading sire in Great Britain and Ireland in 1985.


  1. ^ "Lord John Osmael Scott-Ellis, 9th baron Howard de Walden".
  2. ^ a b Hadert, David (12 July 1999). "Lord Howard de Walden". Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  3. ^ a b Brown, Craig (2011). One on One: 101 True Encounters. London: Fourth Estate. ISBN 978-0-00-736064-2.
  4. ^ "Harrach 1900-present".
  5. ^ Bradberry, Grace (23 January 2004). "Who'll inherit London?". London Evening Standard.
  6. ^ Evans, Richard (6 April 2005). "End of line for Plantation Stud". Telegraph.


Peerage of England
Preceded by Baron Howard de Walden
Succeeded by
Hazel Czernin
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Baron Seaford
Succeeded by
Colin Humphrey Felton Ellis