Walter Montagu Douglas Scott, 8th Duke of Buccleuch

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8th Duke of Buccleuch
Walter John Montagu Douglas Scott, 8th Duke of Buccleuch

Walter John Montagu Douglas Scott, 8th Duke of Buccleuch and 10th Duke of Queensberry, KT GCVO TD PC (30 December 1894 – 4 October 1973) was a Scottish peer and Conservative politician. He was the son of John Montagu Douglas Scott, 7th Duke of Buccleuch. His sister, Alice, married Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester (one of the paternal uncles of Queen Elizabeth II) in 1935, becoming a member of the British Royal Family.

Early life and education[edit]

Montagu Douglas Scott was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford and had a military career commanding the 4th KOSBs. He was also Captain-General of the Royal Company of Archers.

As Earl of Dalkeith, Scott was Scottish Unionist Party Member of Parliament (MP) for Roxburghshire and Selkirkshire from 1923 until 1935, when he succeeded as Duke of Buccleuch and Duke of Queensberry. He was succeeded as MP for the constituency by his brother, Lord William Scott. According to Cowling, he met German ambassador Joachim von Ribbentrop in London. Seen as pro-German, he was compelled to 'resign' as Lord Steward by King George VI.[1]

Personal life[edit]

He married Vreda Esther Mary Lascelles, granddaughter of William Beauclerk, 10th Duke of St Albans, on 21 April 1921. They had three children, sixteen grandchildren, forty-four great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren:

  • Lady Elizabeth Diana Montagu Douglas Scott (20 January 1922–19 September 2012) she married Hugh Percy, 10th Duke of Northumberland on 12 June 1946. They have seven children and seventeen grandchildren.
  • Walter Francis John Montagu Douglas Scott, 9th Duke of Buccleuch (28 September 1923–4 September 2007) he married Jane McNeill on 10 January 1953. They have four children, ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
  • Caroline Margaret Montagu Douglas Scott (7 November 1927-17 October 2004) she married Sir Ian Gilmour, 3rd Baronet on 10 July 1951. They have five children, and seventeen grandchildren:
    • Sir David Robert Gilmour, 4th Bt (14 November 1952) he married Sarah Anne Bradstock on 27 September 1975. They have four children.
    • The Honorable Oliver John Gilmour (18 December 1953) he married Hon. Katherine Grenfell in 1981 and they were divorced in 1985. They have two children:
      • Natalia Claire Gilmour (1981)
      • Marco Oliver Gilmour (1988)
    • The Honorable Christopher Simon Gilmour (22 September 1956) he married Mardi Haynes in 1992. They have three daughters:
      • Leonora Rose Bonnie Gilmour (1993)
      • Gabriella Holly Gilmour (1994)
      • Christobel Gilmour (2000)
    • The Honorable Jane Victoria Gilmour (22 March 1959) she married Hon. Peter John Pleydell-Bouverie in June 1986. They have four children:
      • Timothy Pleydell-Bouverie (1987)
      • Jamie Pleydell-Bouverie (1989)
      • Lara Caroline Pleydell-Bouverie (1993)
      • Clara Anne Pleydell-Bouverie (1993)
    • The Honorable Andrew James Gilmour (22 Mar 1964) he married Emma Williams in 1991. They have four children:
      • Archie John Ludo Gilmour (1993)
      • Xan Gilmour (20 November 1996)
      • Catriona Jane Victoria Gilmour (1999)
      • Sholto Gilmour (2001)

He died on 4 October 1973 and was buried among the ruins of Melrose Abbey.



Maurice Cowling, The Impact of Hitler - British Politics & Policy 1933–1940, Cambridge University Press, 1975, p. 403, ISBN 0-521-20582-4


  1. ^ Cadbury, Deborah (2015). Princes At War. New York, NY: Public Affairs. p. 124. ISBN 9781610394031. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Henderson
Member of Parliament for Roxburgh and Selkirk
Succeeded by
Lord William Walter Montagu
Douglas Scott
Political offices
Preceded by
The Duke of Sutherland
Lord Steward
Succeeded by
The Duke of Hamilton
Preceded by
Lord Elphinstone
Lord Clerk Register
Succeeded by
The Earl of Wemyss
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Duke of Roxburghe
Lord Lieutenant of Roxburghshire
Succeeded by
The Duke of Buccleuch
Preceded by
The Earl of Airlie
Chancellor of the Order of the Thistle
Succeeded by
Sir Alec Douglas-Home
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
John Montagu Douglas Scott
Duke of Buccleuch
2nd creation
Succeeded by
John Scott
Duke of Queensberry