Richard Scott, 10th Duke of Buccleuch

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His Grace
The Duke of Buccleuch
10th Duke of Buccleuch Allan Warren.JPG
Portrait by Allan Warren in 2013
Personal details
Born (1954-02-14) 14 February 1954 (age 61)
Spouse(s) Lady Elizabeth Kerr (m. 1981)
Children 4
Parents John Scott, 9th Duke
Jane McNeill
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford

Richard Walter John Montagu-Douglas-Scott, 10th Duke of Buccleuch and 12th Duke of Queensberry KBE DL FSA FRSE (born 14 February 1954) is the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry, as well as Chief of Clan Scott. He is the senior patrilineal descendant of James, Duke of Monmouth (9 April 1649 – 15 July 1685), the eldest illegitimate son of King Charles II and his mistress, Lucy Walter.

In 2013, The Herald reported that the Duke was Scotland's largest private landowner, with some 280,000 acres (110,000 ha).[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Scott was born in 1954, the son of John, Earl of Dalkeith (later 9th Duke of Buccleuch), and his wife, Jane (née McNeill). He was baptised with Princess Margaret as one of his godparents.

He attended Eton College, and was Page of Honour to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother from 1967 to 1969.[2][3] In 1973, his father inherited the Dukedoms of Buccleuch and Queensberry, and Scott took the courtesy title Earl of Dalkeith, prior to that he was styled as Lord Eskdaill. He graduated from the University of Oxford in 1976 as a Bachelor of Arts.

Marriage and family[edit]

In 1981, he married Lady Elizabeth Marian Frances Kerr, a daughter of the 12th Marquess of Lothian (and a sister of the 13th Marquess of Lothian, a Conservative politician), and they had four children:

  • Lady Louisa Jane Therese Montagu Douglas Scott (b. 1 October 1982), married 2011 Rupert James Trotter (b. 1977)
  • Walter John Francis Montagu Douglas Scott, Earl of Dalkeith (b. 2 August 1984)
  • Lord Charles David Peter Montagu Douglas Scott (b. 20 April 1987)
  • Lady Amabel Clare Alice Montagu Douglas Scott (b. 23 June 1992)

The Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry is a Patroness of the Royal Caledonian Ball.[4]


As Earl of Dalkeith, he had a brief term on the board of Border Television from 1989 to 1990, and in 1994 he joined the Millennium Commission as the representative for Northern England. He was awarded a KBE in the 2000 New Year Honours for his services to the Millennium Celebrations,[5] leaving the commission in 2003. He was president of the National Trust for Scotland from 2003 to 2012, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

He also served as Deputy Chairman of the (since abolished) Independent Television Commission, as a member of Scottish Heritage, on the board of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, and was President of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society from 1999 to 2005.

He inherited the titles of Duke of Buccleuch and Duke of Queensberry upon his father's death on 4 September 2007.

The art collection of the Dukes of Buccleuch is of great significance, and the recovery of the stolen Leonardo da Vinci painting Madonna of the Yarnwinder from the collection, valued at 30 million GBP, in a raid on the offices of a prestigious law firm captured public attention in 2007.[6] A discovery in 2008 of a painting in the family collection at Boughton House, a rare portrait of the young Queen Elizabeth I of England, was welcomed by art historians.[7]

On 1 January 2011, he was appointed Honorary Colonel of the 6th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland.[8] In late 2011, he was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Roxburgh, Ettrick & Lauderdale.[9]

Houses owned by the Duke include Boughton House, Drumlanrig Castle, Dalkeith Palace, and Bowhill House.

The Duke is a trustee of the Royal Collection Trust[10] and an Honorary Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (HonRICS).


The paternity of James, Duke of Monmouth has long been in dispute. In 2012, a DNA test conducted on the Duke of Buccleuch showed that he shared the same Y chromosome (inherited from father-to-son) as a distant Stuart cousin, providing strong evidence that Charles II was indeed Monmouth's biological father.[11]


Arms of Richard Scott, 10th Duke of Buccleuch
Duke of Buccleuch arms.svg
A coronet of a Duke
A Stag trippant proper armed and attired Or
Quarterly: 1st grandquarter for the Earldom of Doncaster: the arms of King Charles II debruised by a Baton Sinister Argent; 2nd grandquarter for the Dukedom of Argyll: quarterly, 1st and 4th: Gyronny of eight Or and Sable (Campbell); 2nd and 3rd: Argent a Lymphad sails furled Sable flags and pennons flying Gules and oars in action of the second (Lorne); 3rd grandquarter for the Dukedom of Queensberry: quarterly, 1st and 4th: Argent a Heart Gules crowned with an Imperial Crown Or on a Chief Azure three Mullets of the field (Douglas); 2nd and 3rd, Azure a Bend between six Cross Crosslets fitchée Or (Mar); the whole of this grandquarter within a Bordure Or charged with a double Tressure flory-counter-flory Gules; 4th grandquarter for the Dukedom of Montagu: quarterly, 1st: Argent three Fusils conjoined in fess Gules a Bordure Sable (Montagu); 2nd: Or an Eagle displayed Vert beaked and membered Gules (Monthermer); 3rd: Sable a Lion rampant Argent on a Canton of the last a Cross Gules (Churchill); 4th: Argent a Chevron Gules between three Caps of Maintenance their fronts turned to the sinister Azure furred Ermine (Brudenell); over the grandquarters at the fess point an Inescutcheon Or on a Bend Azure a Mullet of six points between two Crescents of the field (Scott)
On either side a Female Figure proper habited from the waist downwards in a Kirtle Azure gathered up at the knees the arms and bosom uncovered around the shoulders a Flowing Mantle as before suspended by the exterior hand girdle and sandals Gules and her head adorned with a Plume of three Ostrich Feathers Argent
Amo (I love)


  1. ^ Ross, David (5 June 2013). "Questions raised over land swap deal with billionaire". The Herald. Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 44471. p. 13447. 8 December 1967. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 44968. p. 11119. 20 November 1969. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Patronesses". Royal Caledonian Ball. 
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 55710. p. 8. 31 December 1999. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  6. ^ Campsie, Alison. Return of da Vinci had more twists than a Hollywood film, Herald Scotland, April 22, 2010. Accessed April 21, 2014.
  7. ^ "Rare Elizabeth I portrait found". BBC News. 27 May 2008. Retrieved 21 October 2015. 
  8. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59692. p. 2146. 8 February 2011. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  9. ^ The London Gazette: no. 59982. p. 23015. 1 December 2011. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  10. ^ The Royal Collection Trust
  11. ^ "Scotland's DNA: Descended from lost tribes…and related to Napoleon". The Scotsman. 17 April 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 

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Court offices
Preceded by
Valentine Cecil
Page of Honour to The Queen Mother
1967 – 1969
Succeeded by
Simon Mulholland
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Walter Scott
Duke of Buccleuch
Duke of Queensberry

2007 – present
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Duke of Hamilton
Gentlemen Succeeded by
The Earl of Crawford