Peter St Clair-Erskine, 7th Earl of Rosslyn

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The Earl of Rosslyn
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
15 January 1980
Hereditary Peerage
Preceded byThe 6th Earl of Rosslyn
Personal details
Born
Peter St Clair-Erskine

(1958-03-31) 31 March 1958 (age 64)
NationalityBritish
Political partyNone (crossbencher)
Spouse(s)Helen Watters
ChildrenJames St Clair-Erskine, Lord Loughborough
Lady Alice St Clair-Erskine
The Hon. Harry St Clair-Erskine
Lady Lucia St Clair-Erskine
Parent(s)Anthony St Clair-Erskine, 6th Earl of Rosslyn
OccupationCourtier, police officer

Peter St Clair-Erskine, 7th Earl of Rosslyn, CVO, QPM (born 31 March 1958), known professionally as Peter Loughborough, is a British peer and former Metropolitan Police Commander. The Earl's lands include the world-famous Rosslyn Chapel.

Background and education[edit]

Lord Rosslyn was educated at Eton College and the University of Bristol.[1] He inherited his titles in 1977, and took his seat in the House of Lords on 15 January 1980.[2] Ahead of the passage of the House of Lords Act 1999 which excluded most hereditary peers he was elected as one of the 28 peers in the Crossbench group who were to remain in the House of Lords.[3]

Career[edit]

Rosslyn joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1980 on the recommendation of his third cousin Lord Strathnaver,[1] a former detective and heir apparent of The 24th Countess of Sutherland. He reached the rank of chief inspector in the 1990s. In 1994 he led the undercover Operation Troodos, a successful crackdown on drug dealers in west London, including the drug supplier of the Marquess of Blandford, later Duke of Marlborough.[4] From 2003 to 2014, he was head of the Royalty and Diplomatic Protection Department (since amalgamated into Protection Command). He received the Queen's Police Medal in the 2009 New Year Honours and was reputedly the Queen's "favourite policeman".[5]

In March 2014, Lord Rosslyn was appointed as Master of the Household to The Prince of Wales, and The Duchess of Cornwall at Clarence House.[1]

On 29 September 2014, Lord Rosslyn was appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) upon relinquishing his appointment as Head of Royalty and Specialist Protection Department.[6]

Family[edit]

He married Helen Watters in 1982 and they have two sons and two daughters.[7]

Honours[edit]

UK Royal Victorian Order ribbon.svg Queens Police Medal for Merit.png
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Police Long Service and Good Conduct ribbon.png

Ribbon Description Notes
UK Royal Victorian Order ribbon.svg Royal Victorian Order (CVO)
  • Commander
  • 29 September 2014
Queens Police Medal for Merit.png Queen's Police Medal (QPM)
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal
  • 2002
  • UK Version of this Medal
QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
  • 2012
  • UK Version of this Medal
Police Long Service and Good Conduct ribbon.png Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Charles and Camilla appoint police chief to Household". The Daily Telegraph. 1 April 2014.
  2. ^ HL Deb (15 January 1980) vol. 404, col. 1.
  3. ^ Dod's Parliamentary Companion 2000. Westminster: Vacher Dod Publishing Ltd. 2000. p. 361.
  4. ^ "Old Etonian earl in charge of royal protection likely to be centre of inquiry". The Guardian. 24 June 2003.
  5. ^ "No. 58929". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2008. p. 25.
  6. ^ "No. 61020". The London Gazette. 15 October 2014. p. 19954.
  7. ^ Dod, Charles Roger; Dod, Robert Phipps (2010). Dod's Parliamentary Companion. Vol. 178. Dod's Parliamentary Companion Ltd. p. 845. ISBN 978-0-905702-89-6.
  8. ^ "Alice St. Clair".
  9. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "p. 5337 § 53361". The Peerage.[unreliable source]

External links[edit]

Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Earl of Rosslyn
1977–present
Incumbent
Parliament of the United Kingdom
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Elected hereditary peer to the House of Lords
under of the House of Lords Act 1999
1999–present
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