David Harrington Angus, 12th Marquess of Queensberry

David Harrington Angus Douglas, 12th and current Marquess of Queensberry, was born on 19 December, 1929. He was educated at Eton College and he served in the Royal Horse Guards.

In the 1950s he worked in the pottery industry.  He was Professor of Ceramics at the Royal College of Art from 1959 until 1983. He is a Member of the Council of the Crafts Council, was President of the Design and Industries Association from 1976 to 1978, is a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers (and recipient of the Minerva Medal, the Society's highest award), and was Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art from 1990.

He succeeded to the Marquissate in 1954. 

Queensberry has been married three times. Firstly in 1956 (div 1969) to Anne Jones, daughter of Maurice Sinnett Jones, by whom he had two daughters; secondly in 1969 (div 1986) to Alexandra Mary Clare Wyndham Sich, by whom he had three sons (the eldest born during his first marriage) and one daughter; and thirdly in 2000 to Hsueh-Chun Liao, by whom he has a daughter (legitimated by marriage).


Mother: Anne Carey
Ambrose Jonathon Carey (b. 1961), see below.

Mother: Anne Jones
Lady Emma Douglas (b. 1956)) married 1986 Damon Lewis Vincent Heath, and has issue
Lady Alice Douglas (b. 1965) married 1stly 1989 (div) Ali Ugan; md 2ndly 1995 Simon Melia, and has surviving issue, a daughter and a son.

Mother: Mary Clare Wyndham Sich
Sholto Francis Guy Douglas, Viscount Drumlanrig (born 1 June 1967), legitimized by decision of Lord Lyon when his parents married.
Lord Milo Douglas (1975-2009)
Lord Torquil Douglas (b. 1978)
Lady Kate Douglas (b. 1969) married 1999 Tom Weisselberg, and has issue.

Mother: Hsueh-Chun Liao
Lady Beth Douglas (b. 1999), legitimized 2000 by her parents' marriage.

Queensberry has an eldest but illegitimate son, Ambrose Jonathan Carey (b. 1961), head of a British security and intelligence firm, whose half-sister Caroline Carey (b. 1959), an English art student, married the late Salem bin Laden, prior head of the global Bin Laden family corporation. Carey is married since 1995 to Christina Weir, a daughter of the late Sir Michael Scott Weir KCMG (1925–2006) and his first wife Alison Walker. They have issue two sons: Angus Carey-Douglas and James Carey-Douglas. Since Ambrose is illegitimate, he and his two sons are not in remainder to the Marquessate and subsidiary titles.

Queensberry has several siblings. By his father's first wife, he has an elder half-sister Lady Patricia Douglas, whose daughter Countess Emma de Bendern was the first wife of gossip columnist Nigel Dempster. He has a late sister Lady Jane Cory-Wright (1926–2007), twice married to David Arthur Cory-Wright, of the Cory-Wright Baronets. He has a younger half-brother Lord Gawain Douglas (b. 1948) who is married with issue, one son and five daughters.

Allied titles include Earl of Queensberry, Earl of Drumlanrig, Viscount of Drumlanrig, Viscount of Nith, Torthorwald and Ross, Lord Douglas of Hawick and Tibberis, Lord Douglas of Kinmonth, Midlebie and Dornock, and a baronetcy.

David Harrington Angus Douglas, 12th and current Marquess of Queensberry, is also 12th Baron of Kelhead.

Succession to the marquessate

The heir apparent to the marquessate is Viscount Drumlanrig (b. 1967), followed by his brother Torquil Douglas. The next heir is their half-uncle Lord Gawain Douglas, who has a son Jamie douglas who is married with one son. The next two elderly heirs are grandsons of Lord Sholto Douglas, fourth and youngest son of the 9th Marquess. They are unmarried. These represent all the male-line heirs of John Sholto Douglas, 9th Marquess of Queensberry (1844-1900).

See also: The Curse of the Queensberrys


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