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John, 7th Duke of BuccleuchJohn Charles Montagu Douglas Scott, 7th Duke of Buccleuch and 9th Duke of Queensberry KT GCVO (30 March 1864 – 19 October 1935) was a Scottish Member of Parliament (MP) and peer.

Buccleuch was born in 1864 in Montagu House, London, the son of William Montagu Douglas Scott, 6th Duke of Buccleuch and Lady Louisa Hamilton, the daughter of James Hamilton, 1st Duke of Abercorn  . He was the second of eight children. His elder brother, Walter Henry, Earl of Dalkeith, was accidentally killed in a deer-stalking accident in Achnacary Forest, at the age of 25. Walter was unmarried, and the title of Earl of Dalkeith passed to John. He is a descendant of Charles II.

From 1883 to 1886 he served as a lieutenant in tho Royal Navy. He formerly hold the rank of captain in the Mounted Roxburgh Rifle Volunteers, and he was (1915) an Ensign in the Royal Company of Archers.

He is a Deputy-Lieutenant of the Counties of Edinburgh, Roxburgh, Selkirk, and Dumfries. As the Earl of Dalkeith he sat for Boxburgshire as a Conservative in the House of Commons for eleven years, from 1895 to 1906.

He was seven years chairman of the North British Railway Company, a position from which he retired in 1912 in order to devote more time to the management of the family estates, though betwen 1926 and 1935, he was Lord Clerk Register for Scotland.

He was married in 1S93 to Ladv Margaret Alice Bridgeman, second daughter of the Earl of Bradford.

The Duke of Buccleuch is the only member of the peerage who holds two dukedoms; he is the seventh Duke of Buccluech and the ninth Duke of Queensbcrry. He is also Marquis of Dumfriesshire, Earl of Drumlanrig, Buccleuch, Sanqahar, and of Dalkeith, Viscount Nith, Torthowald and Ross; Baron Douglas of Kidmont, Middlebie, and Dornock. Baron Scott of Buccleuch, Whitchester, and Eskdale in Scotland; Earl of Doncaster, Yorkshire; and Baron Scott of Tyndale, Northumberland.


Buccleuch died from cancer at Bowhill, Selkirkshire, Borders, Scotland, on 19 October 1935, aged 71, less than a month before his daughter Lady Alice Christabel Montagu Douglas Scott was to wed HRH The Prince Henry, the third son of King George V and Queen Mary. The marriage was to take place at Westminster Abbey, but given the circumstances, the event was scaled back and the venue changed to The Private Chapel, Buckingham Palace.

Buccleuch was buried on 22 October 1935 in the family crypt of the Buccleuch Memorial Chapel in St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Dalkeith, Midlothian. The church is located on Dalkeith's High Street, at the entrance to Dalkeith Country Park. He was succeeded by his son, Walter.


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