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Ian Colin Maitland, 15th Earl of Lauderdale, Viscount Lauderdale, Viscount Maitland, Lord Thirlestane and Boltoun, Baronet of Nova Scotia DL (January 30, 1891 - February 17, 1953), was a representative peer for Scotland in the House of Lords from 1931 to 1945.

The son and only child of Frederick Colin Maitland, 14th Earl of Lauderdale by his spouse Gwendoline Lucy (d. 30 January 1929)[1] daughter of Robert Vaughan Williams, a judge, of Bodlonfa, Flintshire. He succeeded to the titles upon his father's death in 1931.

Educated at Eton College, the 15th earl served in The Great War, was a Major in the 3rd Reserve Battalion of the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders and in 1915-16 and 1918 was ADC to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. The Earl was a member of the Royal Company of Archers, the King's Bodyguard for Scotland, and Deputy Lieutenant for Berwickshire.

In civilian life he was President of the Southampton Conservative Association, 1931 - 1935, and Hon. President of the Association of Certified and Corporate Accountants, 1931 - 1945.

The Earl married November 11, 1912, Ethel Mary Ivy (d. 1971 or 1972), eldest daughter of James Jardine Bell-Irving of Makerstoun, Roxburghshire, and resided at Thirlestane Castle, near Lauder, Berwickshire. They had issue:

  1. Lady Sylvia Gwendoline Eva Maitland (22 September 1913 - 1991), who married 3 June 1937 William Conolly-Carew, 6th Baron Carew, and left issue, two sons and two daughters.
  2. Ivor Colin, Viscount Maitland, (29 August 1915 - 18 January 1943), killed in action in North Africa, aged 27. He married, in 1936 (aged 21), Helena Ruth Perrott (1912[2]-1 September 1999, aged 87[3]), daughter of Sir Herbert Charles Perrott, 5th and 1st Bt., and left issue, three daughters. These daughters were raised to the rank, style and precedence of an earl's daughters by Royal Warrant dated 28 October 1953, and published 24 November 1953 in the London Gazette
    1. Hon. Mary Helena Maitland, now Mary, Baroness Biddulph (b. 1938), who married 1958 the 4th Baron Biddulph (1931-1988) and has issue two sons, including Nicholas Maitland-Biddulph, 5th Baron Biddulph, and one daughter.
    2. Hon. Anne Priscilla Maitland, now Lady Anne Eyston (b. 1940) who married John Joseph Eyston, of East Hendred (b. 1934), of a prominent Catholic recusant family, and has issue one son and two daughters.
    3. Hon. Elizabeth Sylvia Maitland, now Lady Elizabeth Maitland (b. 1943 posthumously) who is not married.


  1. ^ Ancestry Retrieved 9 December 2008
  2. ^ Helena, Viscountess Maitland's date of birth is from the National Portrait Gallery site. She was daughter of Sir Herbert Charles Perrott, 5th and 1st Bt. (1849-1922) by his wife Ethel Lucy Hare, and sister of Marie Louise Priscilla, Baroness Forester (b. 1909-), wife of the 7th Baron Forester since 1931. Sir Herbert Charles Perrott was created a baronet in his own right 1911 and inherited an older baronetcy of 1716 in 1886. He married 1901 Ethel Lucy Hare, eldest dau. of the late Captain Marcus Augustus Stanley Hare, R.N., of Court Grange, Newton Abbott, by his wife Matilda Jane Tollemache, daughter of William and Lady Anna Maria Tollemache. See Burke's Peerage & Baronetage 1912 (online version, with some OCR errors) and Leo Van Der Pas: Descendants of King Henry VIII of England: XI-212 (X-103-1) for full details.
  3. ^ Michael Rhodes " Births,Marriages,Deaths, Earls Families, 1999", 14 November 2001.


  • Black, A & C., Who's Who, London, 1945, p.1583.
  • Mosley, Charles, editor, Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 106th edition, 1999, Crans, Switzerland, vol. II, p.1647. ISBN 2-940085-02-1
  • 15th Earl's portrait in 1924.


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