Charles Montagu-Scott, 4th Duke of Buccleuch

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Charles William Henry Montagu-Scott, 4th Duke of Buccleuch and 6th Duke of Queensberry KT (24 May 1772 – 20 April 1819), styled Earl of Dalkeith until 1812, was a British landowner, amateur cricketer and Tory politician.

Styled Earl of Dalkeith from birth, he was born in London, England, the fourth child of seven, and second son of Henry Scott, 3rd Duke of Buccleuch and Lady Elizabeth Montagu, daughter of George Montagu, 1st Duke of Montagu. His elder brother George had died when only two months old after receiving a smallpox inoculation. He was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford.

Lord Dalkeith was an amateur cricketer who made four known appearances in major cricket matches in 1797. He was a member of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).

Dalkeith was returned to Parliament for Marlborough in 1793, a seat he held until 1796, and then represented Ludgershall until 1804, Mitchell between 1805 and 1806 and Marlborough again between 1806 and 1807. The latter year he was summoned to the House of Lords through a writ of acceleration in his father's junior title of Baron Scott of Tyndale.

He was Lord-Lieutenant of Selkirkshire between 1794 and 1797, of Dumfriesshire between 1797 and 1819 and of Midlothian between 1812 and 1819. In 1812 he was made a Knight of the Thistle. He succeeded his father in the dukedom the same year.

Buccleuch married the Honourable Harriet Katherine Townshend, daughter of Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney, on 24 March 1795. They had seven children:
George Henry Scott, Lord Scott of Whitchester (2 January 1798 – March 1808).
Lady Charlotte Albina Montagu Scott (16 July 1799 – 29 February 1828), married James Stopford, 4th Earl of Courtown.
Lady Isabella Mary Montagu Scott (1805 – 9 October 1829), married the Honourable Peregrine Francis Cust.
Walter Francis Montagu Douglas Scott, 5th Duke of Buccleuch and 7th Duke of Queensberry (25 November 1806 – 16 April 1884).
Lord John Douglas-Montagu-Scott (13 July 1809 – 3 January 1860), MP for Roxburghshire.
Lady Margaret Harriet Montagu Scott (12 June 1811 – 5 June 1846), married Charles Marsham, 3rd Earl of Romney.
Harriet Janet Sarah Scott (1814 – 16 February 1870), who married the Reverend Edward Moore and was the mother of Admiral Sir Arthur Moore.

The Duchess of Buccleuch died at Dalkeith House in August 1814, aged 40, and was buried at Warkton, Northamptonshire. Buccleuch died on 20 April 1819, in his 47th year, at Lisbon, Portugal, from tuberculosis, and was buried at Warkton.

Having survived the death of his first-born son in 1808, he was succeeded by his second born son, the twelve-year-old Walter, Earl of Dalkeith. 

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