Peter St Clair-Erskine, 7th Earl of Rosslyn
The Earl of Rosslyn
|Member of the House of Lords|
|Assumed office |
15 January 1980
|Preceded by||The 6th Earl of Rosslyn|
Peter St Clair-Erskine
31 March 1958
|Political party||None (crossbencher)|
|Children||James 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|
|Occupation||Courtier, police officer|
Background and education
Lord Rosslyn was educated at Eton College and the University of Bristol. He inherited his titles in 1977, and took his seat in the House of Lords on 15 January 1980. 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.
Rosslyn joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1980 on the recommendation of his third cousin Lord Strathnaver, 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. 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".
He married Helen Watters in 1982 and they have two sons and two daughters.
- James William St Clair-Erskine, Lord Loughborough (b. 28 May 1986)
- Lady Alice St Clair-Erskine (b. 14 June 1988), an actress with the stage name Alice St Clair, Lady Alice played Catherine Middleton in an American TV film about the 2011 royal wedding.
- The Hon. Harry St Clair-Erskine
- Lady Lucia St Clair-Erskine.
|Royal Victorian Order (CVO)||
|Queen's Police Medal (QPM)||
|Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal||
|Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal||
|Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal|
- "Charles and Camilla appoint police chief to Household". The Daily Telegraph. 1 April 2014.
- HL Deb (15 January 1980) vol. 404, col. 1.
- Dod's Parliamentary Companion 2000. Westminster: Vacher Dod Publishing Ltd. 2000. p. 361.
- "Old Etonian earl in charge of royal protection likely to be centre of inquiry". The Guardian. 24 June 2003.
- "No. 58929". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2008. p. 25.
- "No. 61020". The London Gazette. 15 October 2014. p. 19954.
- 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.
- "Alice St. Clair".
- Lundy, Darryl. "p. 5337 § 53361". The Peerage.[unreliable source]
- Profile at the Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005
- Current session contributions in Parliament at Hansard
- Voting record at PublicWhip.org
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou.com
- Profile at BBC News Democracy Live
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Earl of Rosslyn