William Douglas, 4th Duke of Queensberry
The Duke of Queensberry
The Duke of Queensberry by John Opie
|Born||16 December 1724|
|Died||23 December 1810 (aged 86)|
|Children||Maria Seymour-Conway, Marchioness of Hertford|
|Parent(s)||William Douglas, 2nd Earl of March|
Lady Anne Hamilton
A friend of the Prince of Wales, Douglas was appointed Gentleman of the Bedchamber to George III in 1760. He was appointed a Knight of the Thistle in 1761 and was a Scottish representative peer from 1761, and was Vice Admiral of Scotland from 1767 to 1776. However, because of his behavior during the king's illness he was deprived of his office as Gentleman of the Bedchamber in 1789, and for a while took refuge abroad. Later, he was Lord Lieutenant of Dumfries from 1794 until 1810.
He succeeded his father in the Earldom of March in 1731 and his mother in the Earldom of Ruglen in 1748. He succeeded his cousin Charles as Duke of Queensberry in 1778, and was created Baron Douglas of Amesbury in the Peerage of Great Britain in 1786.
Queensberry never married, though he had a daughter, Maria "Mie-Mie" Fagnani, by a mistress, the Marchesa Fagnani. In 1798, she became the wife of the 3rd Marquess of Hertford; Queensberry left much of his fortune to Maria Hertford, but he left £10,000 to Lady Anne Hamilton who was a Lady in Waiting to Caroline of Brunswick. On his death, the Dukedom of Queensberry and Drumlanrig Castle passed to his second cousin once removed, the third Duke of Buccleuch. The Marquessate of Queensberry passed to his fourth cousin once removed (and also third once removed) Sir Charles Douglas, 5th Bt, whose descendant is the current titleholder. His second cousin twice removed Francis Douglas, 8th Earl of Wemyss became Earl of Wemyss and March. The Earldom of Ruglen became extinct. He was interred at St James's Church, Piccadilly on 31 December 1810.
|Ancestors of William Douglas, 4th Duke of Queensberry|
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- One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Queensberry, Earls, Marquesses and Dukes of". Encyclopædia Britannica. 22 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 731.
- Henderson 1888, p. 374.
- François-René de Chateaubriand, Béatrix d' Andlau, Pierre Riberette, Correspondance générale: Volume 5 (Gallimard, 1986), page 540
- Henderson, Thomas Finlayson (1890). . In Stephen, Leslie; Lee, Sidney (eds.). Dictionary of National Biography. 24. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 135.
- Robinson, John Robert (1895). 'Old Q': A Memoir of William Douglas, Fourth Duke of Queensberry, K.T., One of 'the Fathers of the Turf,' with a Full Account of His Celebrated Matches and Wagers, Etc (2nd ed.). London: Samson Low, Marston and Company, Limited. p. 249. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
- Weatherby, Edward and James (1801). "COLOURS WORN BY THE RIDERS OF THE FOLLOWING NOBLEMEN, GENTLEMEN, &c". Racing Calendar. 28: 52.
- Henderson, Thomas Finlayson (1888). . In Stephen, Leslie (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. 15. London: Smith, Elder & Co. pp. 373–374.
- Queensberry in St James's, London
- Portrait by Opie in National Portrait Gallery
- Caricature by James Gillray in National Portrait Gallery
- Article in the Burns Encyclopedia
- Pedigree at Genealogics
| Vice-Admiral of Scotland
|New office|| Lord Lieutenant of Dumfries
Earl of Dalkeith
|Peerage of Scotland|
| Duke of Queensberry
| Marquess of Queensberry
| Earl of March
| Earl of Ruglen