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The Duke of Buccleuch
Born 9 September 1831(1831-09-09)
Montagu House,
Whitehall, Westminster, England
Died 5 November 1914 (aged 83)
Montagu House,
Whitehall, Westminster, England
Spouse(s) Louisa Jane Hamilton
Parents Walter Montagu Douglas Scott, 5th Duke of Buccleuch
Lady Charlotte Thynne

William Henry Walter Montagu Douglas Scott, 6th Duke of Buccleuch & 8th Duke of Queensberry KG KT PC JP DL (9 September 1831 – 5 November 1914) was a Scottish Member of Parliament and peer. He was the paternal grandfather of HRH Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, and the maternal great-grandfather of HRH Prince William of Gloucester and HRH Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester. He was a paternal 2nd great-grandfather to Sarah, Duchess of York.


Early Life, Marriage, & Family

Born at Montagu House, Whitehall, Westminster, into a family of four boys and three girls, William Henry Walter Montagu Douglas Scott was the eldest son of Walter Montagu Douglas Scott, 5th Duke of Buccleuch & 7th Duke of Queensberry and Lady Charlotte Anne Thynne, daughter of Sir Thomas Thynne, 2nd Marquess of Bath, and the Hon. Isabella Elizabeth Byng.[1] He was educated at Eton College and at Christ Church, Oxford.[1]

On Tuesday 22 November 1859 at London, England, he married Lady Louisa Jane Hamilton, the third daughter of Sir James Hamilton, 1st Duke of Abercorn and Lady Louisa Jane Russell, daughter of Sir John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford.[2]. As heir apparent to his father's title, William was already "Earl of Dalkeith" by courtesy, and thus his new bride was immediately styled "Countess of Dalkeith". They had six sons and two daughters:

  • Walter Henry Montagu Douglas Scott, Earl of Dalkeith (17 January 1861 – 18 September 1886)[1]
  • John Charles Montagu Douglas Scott, 7th Duke of Buccleuch (30 March 1864 – 19 October 1935)[2]
  • Lord George William Montagu Douglas Scott (31 August 1866 – 23 February 1947)[3]
  • Lord Henry Francis Montagu Douglas Scott (15 January 1868 – 19 April 1945)[3]
  • Lord Herbert Andrew Montagu Douglas Scott (30 November 1872 – 17 June 1944)[3]
  • Lady Katharine Mary Montagu Douglas Scott (25 March 1875 – 7 March 1951)[3]
  • Lady Constance Anne Montagu Douglas Scott (10 March 1877 – 7 May 1970)[3]
  • Lord Francis George Montagu Douglas Scott (1 November 1879 – 26 July 1952)[3]


He sat as Conservative Member of Parliament for Midlothian from 1853–1868 and from 1874–1880. He was also Lieutenant Colonel of the Midlothian Yeomanry from 1856–1872, as well as serving as Justice of the Peace (JP) for Selkirkshire, Deputy Lieutenant (DL) of Selkirkshire, and Deputy Lieutenant (DL) of Roxburghshire.[2]


William Henry Walter Montagu Douglas Scott, 6th Duke of Buccleuch & 8th Duke of Queensberry, died at Montagu House, Whitehall, London, England on Thursday 5 November 1914, in his 84th year. He had survived his wife, Lady Louisa Jane, by little more than two years. He was survived by six of his seven children and their families.

He was buried on Tuesday 10 November 1914 in the Buccleuch family crypt in St. Mary's Church, Dalkeith Palace, Midlothian, Scotland.[4]

Titles, Honours, & Awards


  1. ^ a b c d e f g G.E. Cokayne, Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 1910-1959, reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000, volume II, page 372.
  2. ^ a b c d e Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition, Crans, Switzerland: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 1999, volume 1, p. 6.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003, volume 1, pp. 562-563.
  4. ^ Peter W. Hammond, editor, The Complete Peerage or a History of the House of Lords and All its Members From the Earliest Times, Volume XIV: Addenda & Corrigenda Stroud, Gloucestershire, U.K.: Sutton Publishing, 1998, p. 119.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir John Hope
Member of Parliament for Midlothian
1853 – 1868
Succeeded by
Sir Alexander Ramsay-Gibson-Maitland
Preceded by
Sir Alexander Ramsay-Gibson-Maitland
Member of Parliament for Midlothian
1874 – 1880
Succeeded by
William Ewart Gladstone
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Marquess of Queensberry
Lord Lieutenant of Dumfries
1858 – 1914
Succeeded by
The Duke of Buccleuch
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Walter Francis Montagu Douglas Scott
Duke of Buccleuch
2nd creation
1884 – 1914
Succeeded by
John Charles Montagu Douglas Scott
Duke of Queensberry
1884 – 1914


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