Walter Montagu Douglas Scott, 8th Duke of Buccleuch

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Walter, 8th Duke of Buccleuch   

Walter John Montagu Douglas Scott, 8th Duke of Buccleuch, 10th Duke of Queensberry KT GCVO TD PC (30 December 1894 – 4 October 1973) was a politician and Conservative peer. 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.

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.

He married Vreda Esther Mary Lascelles*, granddaughter of William Beauclerk, 10th Duke of St Albans, on 21 April 1921. They had three children:
Lady Elizabeth Diana Montagu Douglas Scott (20 January 1922 – 19 September 2012), married Hugh Percy, 10th Duke of Northumberland and had issue.
Walter Francis John Montagu Douglas Scott, 9th Duke of Buccleuch (28 September 1923 – 4 September 2007)
Caroline Margaret Montagu Douglas Scott (b. 7 November 1927; d. 2004), married Sir Ian Gilmour, 3rd Baronet and had issue.

Walter John Montagu Douglas Scott, 8th Duke of Buccleuch, 10th Duke of Queensberry, died on 4 October 1973 and was buried among the ruins of Melrose Abbey.


*Vreda Esther Mary Lascelles (17 September 1900 – 9 February 1993), later Mary ("Molly") Montagu Douglas Scott, Duchess of Buccleuch, was the elder of the two daughters of Major William Frank Lascelles and Lady Sybil Evelyn de Vere Beauclerk.

The Duchess died aged 92 at Boughton House on 9 February 1993. She was buried next to her husband among the ruins of Melrose Abbey.



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