Peter St John, 9th Earl of Orkney

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Oliver Peter St John, 9th Earl of Orkney (born 27 February 1938) is a retired Canadian political scientist and academic, and Scottish peer. He was a lecturer at University College London, England, before moving to the University of Manitoba, Canada where he rose to become Professor of Political Studies. He retired from academia in 1998, the year he succeeded to the Earldom of Orkney, and was appointed a senior scholar by Manitoba.[1][2][3]

Personal life[edit]

In 1963, St John married Mary Juliet Scott-Brown.[1] Together they had four children: one son and three daughters.[1] Their son, Oliver Robert St John, Viscount Kirkwall, is heir to the Earldom.[2] His first marriage ended in divorce in 1985, and that year he married Mary Barbara Huck (née Albertson).[1] His second marriage brought four step-children.[1] As a male line descendant of the 3rd Viscount Bolingbroke, he is also in remainder to this title.

Selected works[edit]

  • St. John, Peter (1977). Fireproof House to Third Option: Studies in the Theory and Practise of Canadian Foreign Policy. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba.
  • St. John, Peter, ed. (1984). Mackenzie King to Philosopher King: Canadian Foreign Policy in a Modern Age. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press.
  • St. John, Peter (1991). Air piracy, airport security, and international terrorism: winning the war against hijackers. New York: Quorum Books. ISBN 978-0899304137.
  • St. John, Peter, ed. (2005). From the Great War to the global village: a window on the world. Winnipeg: Heartland Associates. ISBN 978-1896150239.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Orkney". Who's Who 2018. Oxford University Press. 1 December 2017. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U28956. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  2. ^ a b "Orkney, Earl of (S, 1695/6)". Cracrofts Peerage. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Peter St. John". Archives & Special Collections. University of Manitoba. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Cecil FitzMaurice
Earl of Orkney
1998 to present