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His Grace
 The Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry 
KG, PC

The Duke of Buccleuch in Vanity Fair, 1873

In office
21 January 1846 – 6 July 1846
Prime Minister Robert Peel
Preceded by The Lord Wharncliffe
Succeeded by The Marquess of Lansdowne

In office
1842 – 1846
Prime Minister Robert Peel
Preceded by The Duke of Buckingham and Chandos
Succeeded by The Earl of Haddington

Born 25 November 1806
Palace of Dalkeith
Died 16 April 1884 (aged 77)
Bowhill
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Lady Charlotte Thynne
Alma mater University of Cambridge

Walter Francis Montagu Douglas Scott, 5th Duke of Buccleuch, 7th Duke of Queensberry KG, PC (25 November 1806 – 16 April 1884) was a British politician and nobleman.

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Personal life

Walter Montagu Douglas Scott was born on 25 November 1806 at Dalkeith House, Midlothian, Scotland. He was the fifth child of seven, and second son born to Sir Charles William Henry Montagu Scott, 4th Duke of Buccleuch & 6th Duke of Queensberry, and the Honourable Harriet Katherine Townshend, daughter of Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney of St. Leonards and Elizabeth Powys. When Walter's elder brother, George Henry, died at the age of 10 from measles, Walter became heir apparent to the Dukedoms of Buccleuch and Queensberry.

Walter was only thirteen when he succeeded his father to the Dukedoms of Buccleuch and Queensberry in 1819.[1] He was educated at Eton College and St John's College, Cambridge (M.A., 1827).[2] He married Lady Charlotte Anne Thynne, daughter of the Marquess of Bath, and the Honourable Isabella Elizabeth Byng, in London on Thursday 13 August 1829. The couple had three daughters and four sons, including William Henry Walter Montagu Douglas Scott, later the 6th Duke, whose christening was attended by King George IV. In 1822, King George spent some days as Sir Walter's guest at Dalkeith Palace, the first visit of a reigning Hanoverian monarch to Scotland. Twenty years later, Queen Victoria honoured him with a visit, as well.

Political career

A great Scottish land magnate, Buccleuch was a Conservative in politics, and was created a Knight of the Garter in 1835 and Privy Counsellor in 1842. He served as Lord Privy Seal (1842 to 1846), and Lord President of the Council (January to July, 1846) in Peel's government, when he reluctantly supported Peel's decision to repeal the Corn Laws.

The family continued to hold a high profile in royal circles, being invited to the Coronations of William IV and Victoria, with the Duke acting as Gold Stick.

After Peel's fall, Buccleuch's political career largely came to an end. In 1878 he became Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, a post he held until his death in 1884.

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Political offices
Preceded by
The Duke of Buckingham and Chandos
Lord Privy Seal
1842 – 1846
Succeeded by
The Earl of Haddington
Preceded by
The Lord Wharncliffe
Lord President of the Council
1846
Succeeded by
The Marquess of Lansdowne
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Morton
Lord Lieutenant of Midlothian
1828 – 1884
Succeeded by
The Earl of Rosebery
Preceded by
The Marquess of Lothian
Lord Lieutenant of Roxburghshire
1841 – 1884
Succeeded by
The Duke of Roxburghe
Academic offices
Preceded by
Sir William Stirling-Maxwell of Pollock
Chancellor of the University of Glasgow
1878 – 1884
Succeeded by
John Hamilton Dalrymple, 10th Earl of Stair
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Charles William Henry Montagu Scott
Duke of Buccleuch
2nd creation
1819 – 1884
Succeeded by
William Henry Walter Montagu Douglas Scott
Duke of Queensberry
1819 – 1884
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