Knights of the Garter

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The Most Noble Order of the Garter is a British order of chivalry. It is the world's oldest national order of knighthood in continuous existence and the pinnacle of the British honours system (after the Victoria Cross and George Cross). Its membership is extremely limited, consisting of the Sovereign, the Prince of Wales—both being members ex officio and gaining membership upon acceding to one of the titles—and not more than twenty-four full members, or Companions. Male members are known as Knights Companion, whilst female members are known as Ladies Companion. The Order can also include certain extra members (members of the British Royal Family and foreign monarchs), known as Supernumerary Knights and Ladies. The Sovereign alone grants membership to the Order.

c.1462 James, 9th Earl of Douglas. Acted with the Duke of York in rebellion against Henry VI. Joined the Duke of Albany in an invasion of Scotland and was taken prisoner.
1633 William (Douglas), 8th Earl of Morton. Loyal supporter of Charles I in the Civil War. [7th Earl]
1682 William, 3rd Duke of Hamilton, born Lord William Douglas, he was the son of William Douglas, 1st Marquess of Douglas.
1701 James (Douglas), 2nd Duke of Queensberry. Lord Privy Seal and a Lord of the Treasury. Largely instrumental in carrying the Act of Union with Scotland.
1713 James, 4th Duke of Hamilton
1835 Walter Francis (Montagu-Douglas-Scott), 5th Duke of Buccleuch and 7th Duke of Queensberry. Lord Privy Seal. Lord President of the Council.
1897 William Henry Walter (Montagu-Douglas-Scott), 6th Duke of Buccleuch, and 8th Duke of Queensberry.

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•  The Knights of the Garter, 1348-1939. With a complete list of the stall-plates in St. George's chapel; Edmund Horace Fellowes

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